Clare  Drama  Festival

The aims and objects of the Clare Drama Festival Committee are to foster, develop, promote and encourage drama in the area and to organize and run the Clare Drama Festival annually.


Prior to the first Drama Festival in 1947, a Drama Féis was held for four consecutive years [1943-1946]. With the exception of 2001 the Committee have organized a Drama Festival every year. From its humble beginnings, in an age of paraffin lamps, dry batteries and simple double-sided sets, and at a time when local groups simply went out "to do a play", the Festival has developed into one of the foremost showpieces of the amateur drama movement in Ireland. The venue for the 1949 festival was the newly opened Astor Cinema, Scariff, where it was held until 1985. The festival was moved to Scariff Community College Hall in 1986 and has been there since.

    Copies of Kieran Sheedy's book 

    are available at a cost of €10 (inc. p&p) from            

    Pat Duggan, Fossabeg, Scariff, Co. Clare

    Festival Secretary

    Doreen Hanley, Scariff, Co. Clare. 

    Tel: 087 2686764   Email: doreenhanley @ for all festivals information

2011 Clare Drama Festival programme





Thurs 17th March Sliabh Aughty Drama Group 'Moonshine' Jim Nolan  
Fri 18th March Skibbereen Theatre Society 'A Kiss on The Bottom' Frank Vickery  
Sat 19th March Brideview Drama Group 'The Clearing' Helen Edmundson  
Sun 20th March Corofin Dramatic Society 'The Righteous Are Bold' Frank Carney  
Mon 21st March Glenamaddy Players 'Dancing At Lughnasa' Brian Friel  
Tues 22nd March Doonbeg Drama Group 'Say Cheese' Bernard Farrell  
Wed 23rd March Nenagh Players 'Out of Order' Ray Cooney  
Thurs 24th March Schull Drama Group 'Kindly Leave The Stage' John Chapman  
Fri 25th March Kilmeen Drama Group 'A Whistle In The Dark' Tom Murphy  
Sat 26th March Bradán Players 'Tom and Viv' Michael Hastings  

Committee Members