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Newtownabbey One Act Drama Festival

This annual festival of excellent drama presents three nights of the best one act plays from amateur dramatic groups from Northern Ireland and beyond. 

Thu, 7 November - Sat, 9 November
7.30PM - 10.30PM
Courtyard Theatre

Adm: £9.00 & £8.00 (Concession)

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This annual festival of excellent drama presents three nights of the best one act plays from amateur dramatic groups from Northern Ireland and beyond. 


LIFFORD PLAYERS Brooding and Dangerous by Daniel Fenton (DARK COMEDY)

“He’s a brooding sort of a guy...but cute, very cute.” Eccentric, outspoken Mrs Getz wastes no time in pegging her new neighbour, Sid. Sid has been promised a new job at the local bank. Are things finally going right for Sid? Unfortunately not anytime soon! His wife finds a rejection letter in the post and Sid collapses – an emotional ruin. But plans are afoot to save him.....!


A classic of the American stage, the play shows Mr Sud demonstrating how a truly great playwright (himself) constructs a play. For blocking he uses desktop items such as Mrs Pencil, Mr Ruler, Mr & Mrs Ivory (letter openers of course) and Mr Inkwell. As he piles cliché upon cliché, and the melodramatic plot unfolds, it becomes obvious that this brilliant satire might be describing one or more prominent playwrights of today



ROSEMARY DRAMA GROUP My Second Best Bed by Barry Syder (DRAMA)

Three weeks after Shakespeare’s death in 1616, Curate Dunstan, a lover of the Bard’s work, arrives unexpectedly at the family home to read the great man’s will. Upon arriving he encounters Shakespeare’s elder daughter, Susanna. He makes it clear that an item in the will has disturbed him, for he clearly believes that it shows his hero in a rather unsavoury light. The pair are joined by the younger sister, Judith, and despite their sibling rivalry, the girls find common ground to explain to Dunstan the circumstances which shaped the playwright’s life. Indeed, having been joined by their ailing mother, it is soon revealed the nature of Shakespeare’s final act.

THE CLARENCE PLAYERS The Last of the Last of the Mohicans by Hugh Leonard (COMEDY)

Dom’s plans for an exciting evening don’t quite work out!

CLONDALKIN DRAMA GROUP More Sinned Against Than Sinning by Liz Dobson

A beautifully written play where the condemned murderess, Marianne, spends her last hours before her execution reliving the events leading up to her conviction.



MODEL BOX PRODUCTIONS Two Sisters by Caroline Harding (DRAMA)

Set in a small village somewhere in Russia in 1880, two sisters – Anya and Sonya come to terms with some dark secrets from their past lives that they would rather have forgotten. Both had loved the same man years before and upon his untimely death, they had to embark on very different and questionable lives. Can they remain friends when the secrets finally emerge to haunt them after all these years?

THEATRE 3 NEWTOWNABBEY Getting Dark by Joe Graham (DRAMA)

The play (based on a true story) is a very moving, very dark exploration of a young girl’s terrifying descent into blindness. The story is narrated by the adult Karen reliving her experiences, hopes and fears as a six year old who is unable to understand why colour is fading from her life. As her condition deteriorates, Karen’s parents are faced with an agonising dilemma.

Adjudicator is Michael Poynor GODA ADA.

Group Discount Available - for every 10 tickets purchased get the 11th one free. Discount applies automatically at checkout.

Wheelchair accessible seats are not available to book online, please contact Box Office on 028 9034 0202.



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