Officially opened by the High Sheriff of Fermanagh, Noelle McAlinden, on Friday, March 3, the Enniskillen Drama Festival is currently in full swing at the Ardhowen Theatre.

Now in its 62nd year, the Enniskillen Drama Festival is treating local audiences to fantastic plays performed by eight top groups participating on the festival circuit.

One of the 35 preliminary festivals held over the island of Ireland in a seven-week feast of drama, amateur theatre companies compete for nominations for a range of finals, hoping for the accolade of All-Ireland Play of the Year.

Over the past week, audiences at the Ardhowen have enjoyed a variety of performances.

Kicking off the festival on the opening night were Pomeroy Players with ‘Hen Night Epiphany’ by Jimmy Murphy.

Saturday, March 4 saw Rosemary Drama Group bring ‘Toast’ by Henry Filloux to the stage, while on Sunday, March 5, Theatre 3 performed ‘The Price’, by Arthur Miller.

There was a break on Monday night, with the festival continuing on Tuesday, March 7 with Clontarf Players’ production of the Oscar Wilde classic, ‘The Importance of Being Ernest’.

Following their huge success at last year’s festival, Butt Drama Circle returned to Enniskillen Drama Festival on Wednesday, March 8 with another new Shaun Byrne play, ‘Darkness Echoing’.

The festival continues tonight (Thursday, March 9) with Ballyshannon Drama Society’s production of ‘A Delicate Balance’ by Edward Albee.

The penultimate night of the festival, Friday, March 10 will see Newtownstewart Theatre Company perform ‘Midden’ by Morna Regan.

The festival will close on Saturday, March 11 with the comedy, ‘One Man Two Guvnors’ by Richard Bean, performed by Bart Players.

Tickets for the festival are available to purchase via the Ardhowen Theatre Box Office.

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