2023 Tipperary Drama Festival Returns To St. Michael’s Community Centre, Holycross, Thurles.

St. Michael’s Community Centre, Holycross, Thurles

The Co. Tipperary 2023 Open Drama Festival; same an inclusive nine night annual event, will be held from March 17th to March 25th next in its now long established venue of St. Michael’s Community Centre, Holycross, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

The programme, each night, will run from 8:30pm nightly, except on the final night, when the programme will begin sharp at 8:00pm.

This year the festival committee are pleased to welcome, as Adjudicator, a member of ADA (Association of Drama Adjudicators), namely Mr Peter O’Driscoll.

No stranger to the County Tipperary Drama Festival; Mr O’Driscoll has been an Actor, Designer and Director with many companies including the ‘Strand Players’.
For twenty years he has been ‘Head of Drama’ in St. Patrick’s College of Education, Drumcondra, Dublin; holding responsibility for equipping and maintaining the very fine theatre facilities available there, while also directing many of their performances.
He has contributed to the post-graduate ‘Theatre Studies Programme’, operating workshops on Authentic Voice Training; on Directing, and on Acting.
His main work was in preparing student teachers to use Drama as a method of education.

Engaged by the Association of Irish Musical Societies (AIMS) as an adjudicator; Mr O’Driscoll’s professional work as a lighting designer, has included work undertaken in the ‘Gate Theatre’, ‘Olympia Theatre’ and ‘Gaiety Theatre’.

He also has considerable experience as a musician, a choral director and as an organist; having directed a wide range of musicals in Dublin and throughout the country in the past. In the Dublin Arts Club, he played the lead in a new play about the Czech composer, musical theorist, folklorist, publicist and teacher, Leoš Janáček (1854 – 1928).

County Tipperary Drama Festival Programme 2023.

Friday 17th: (Confined); Harvest Moon Players; “God of Carnage“ by Yasmina Reza.
Saturday 18th: (Open); Prosperous; “Oleanna” by David Mamet.
Sunday 19th: (Open); Holycross/Ballycahill; “A skull in Connemara” by Martin McDonagh.
Monday 20th: (Open); Brideview; “The Father” by Florian Zeller.
Tuesday 21st: (Confined); Cill Dara; “I Do Not Like Thee Dr Fell” by Bernard Farrell.
Wednesday 22nd: (Open); Hinterland; “The Playboy of The Western World” by J.M. Synge.
Thursday 23rd: (Open); Thurles; “The Seafarer” by Conor McPhearson.
Friday 24th: (Open); Kilmeen; “Blithe Spirit” by Noel Coward.
Saturday 25th: (Open); Lifford; “When Elephants Collide” by Edward Flanagan.

For further information: Phone: 086-257 5159 or Email: or Fax: 0504-43147


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