Thursday, 6 March 2014

THE 34th City Of Derry DRAMA FESTIVAL 7th -15th March 2014

he City of Derry Drama Festival is a nine night amateur drama festival staged annually each spring since 1980. It is affiliated to the Amateur Drama Council of Ireland and the Association of Ulster Drama Festivals. It was founded to celebrate the best of amateur drama, to foster and encourage excellence in amateur production and to make a varied range of dramatic productions accessible to as wide an audience as possible. The festival attracts top, award winning groups from all over Ireland.

Whilst the one act festival which took place in the Playhouse, Artillery street finished in November. The Full length festival has yet to kick off. It will start on the 7th March 2014 and run through to the 15 th March. All plays as far as I'm aware will take place in the Waterside theatre.

Check out the full programme details on our programme page here. Over our nine nights the different groups stage their productions, competing in either the Open or the Confined sections. Our Festival is affiliated to both the AUDF and ADCI which means that participating groups can qualify for both the All-Ireland and the Ulster Finals. A first place wins 12 points, a second 5 points and a third 2 points. The Festival Committee has NO say in the adjudication.

Most groups need at least three first places to have a chance of qualifying for the All-Ireland Finals, and will normally compete in a minimum of five festivals throughout the country. The All-IrelandOpen Finals are always held in Dean Crowe Theatre, Athloneand will take place this year from 1-9 May. The All-IrelandConfined Finals will be held in Town Hall Claremorris Co. Mayo 4 to 12 April.

This year’s AUDF Finals will take place in Theatre at the Mill,Newtownabbey 7-14 April.

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