‘Drama – ‘Tis Personal’: A New Documentary

04 Apr

The new ‘Different Voices’ series of documentaries on Newstalk Fm radio got off to a very entertaining start this weekend. Drama, tis’ personal followed the ‘Anvil players’ group from Kilmallock Co. Limerick on the gruelling national amateur drama festival circuit. The candid and open documentary recorded the fortunes of the group as they took their production of ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ through rehearsal to opening night at Festivals in Kildare, Cavan and Cork with the hope of qualifying for the holy-grail destination of Athlone for the All-Ireland Amateur Drama competition. The All -reland festival in Athlone has been attracting the best of Irish national drama since the 1950’s and rightly has a reputation as being fiercely contested by all attending. The competitiveness behind the good-natured national drama festivals which lead to qualification for Athlone is legendary. Getting to Athlone is in itself a nerve-wracking battle. The passion of those involved in the Anvil Players, particularly the director John McGrath makes for terrific radio. The programme is as engaging as a work on the stage itself. Do have a listen:


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Posted by on April 4, 2011 in Culture, Limerick, Theatre


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