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The 3 Act Western Drama Festival 6 to 14 March 2020 @8pm nightly

The 3 Act Western Drama Festival runs nightly at 8pm from 6 to 14 March 2020 in our beautiful St Brigid’s Hall, Tubbercurry, Co Sligo.  The 9 nights of drama season ticket will be amazing value at just €60, and €12 nightly concession €10.

Tickets for the 2020 Western Drama Festival One Act can be purchased through the Tubbercurry Tourist Office. Call to the Tourist Office at Humbert Street or phone 071-0936616 (Opening hours: Monday - Thursday 10am - 5pm and Friday 10am - 4.30pm) Tickets can also be purchased at St. Brigid’s Hall Theatre Box Office during the festival. For out-of-hours enquiries, please call 087-7078210.

This promises to be a great festival, looking at the line-up we have a lot of fascinating plays performed by drama groups from the four corners of Ireland. Again we are delighted to have the best drama groups coming to Tubbercurry. They love to perform in the WDF and have huge respect for our loyal WDF audience. You can review the full synopsis of the plays on the website and will see there is an excellent mix of plays, great comedy line-up and interesting drama included in our programme’, see full details on our website.

The drama movement is second only to the GAA in terms of popularity with a huge following. The Tubbercurry Western Drama Festival was the very first festival in Ireland in 1944. Today there are 37 Drama Festivals throughout the 32 counties run by the Amateur Drama Council of Ireland (ADCI).

Again the festival is delighted to have the best drama groups performing in the Tubbercurry festival. Year on year the top groups return to St Brigid’s Hall to perform in the festival and go on to win or be in the top places in the finals  in Athlone and the confined competition!     

WDF 2020 programme is packed with Comedy; indeed 7 of the 9 plays on offer in the programme are comedy! The festival opens on Friday 6 March with the very popular comedy "The Beauty Queen of Leenane" by Martin McDonagh with St. Dympna's Dramatic Society, Co. Tyrone performing. This will be an excellent night for drama lovers to relish one of McDonagh’s best plays!

Another highlight of the festival will be the performance of the Phoenix Players, Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo. Wed 11 March with "The Communication Cord" by Brien Friel (Comedy) this is a hilarious comedy with a fantastic cast, Directed by Peter Davey. The Phoenix Players will tour their play on the festival circuit starting this weekend in Rush. Co. Dublin.

WDF welcome Kiltimagh, ‘Clann Machua’, who perform Sive with the much admired play of John B Keane on Monday 9th March.

"The Cavan Curse” runs on Friday 13 March. This ironic comedy adopts the famous Mayo football curse for its plot. This is a brilliant play and should not be missed by GAA followers who will be very familiar with the theme over the last number of years as fans have discussed the now very famous curse blighting the prospects of the Mayo Team winning the All Ireland Football final in Croke Park.


The Western Drama Festival is community driven and continues to exist because it is supported by the community and local business.  A key focus for the voluntary Western Drama Festival Committee and the ethos of the long running festival is to provide excellent accessible theatre for the community and promote community engagement with the theatre.   

Our loyal audience are the backbone of the success of the continuity of Tubbercurry’s Western Drama Festival now in its 77th year. We welcome input from our patrons on festival programming, and facilities, they are very discerning and vocal in contributing their views. Our ‘Supper Room’ where we provide free refreshments is the venue for vibrant conversations on the plays. On closing night complementary wine and soft drinks are provided for patrons to enjoy and chat how they feel the festival went. They also participate in a survey to decide the most entertaining of the week.   

Indeed local theatre has contributed to the social capital of our community, insofar as it has developed the skills, community spirit, and artistic sensibilities of those who have participated, whether as producers or audience-members.

It is a terrific testament for the festival that it has fostered among the community an appreciation of theatre and exploration of excellence in drama is a widespread activity. Indeed giving new writing a platform is also an exciting and consistent feature of our festivals. It is heartening to see so many people enjoy theatre and wonderful and encouraging to see local young people adopt it as their key interest and chosen career!


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