The 28th annual Kerry Drama Festival was opened at the Ivy Leaf Arts Centre on Friday night by Máire Holmes – the Kerry County Council Writer in Residence at 730pm.
The event was due to run until Saturday night next but it has been stretched to the following night because of circumstances which could not have been foreseen.
The allotted adjudicator, Tony Rushforth had to be replaced at short notice and his replacement, Eilín O’Dea had a prior and binding engagement for tomorrow night Tuesday 10th . That meant that the Mullagh Entire Drama Group and their Sam Cree play Cupid Wore Skirts will now go on stage on Sunday night instead. All the other nights will go ahead as planned and posted.
The remaining nights include the following:
Tuesday 10th March: No Play – See Sunday night’s listing.
Wednesday 11th March: Ballyduff Drama Group with Takin’ Over the Asylum by Donna Franceschild
Thursday 12th March: Palace Players, Fermoy with Conversations on a Homecoming by Tom Murphy
Friday 13th March: Kilmeen Drama Group with Death and the Maiden by Ariel Dorfman
Saturday 14th March: Skibbereen Theatre Society with Family Plot by Darragh Carville
Sunday 15th March: Mullagh Entire Drama Group with Cupid Wore Skirts by Sam Cree
The booking line for the festival is: 086 10 54 515
Kevin Barry Exhibits at Kerry Drama Festival
A largely self-taught, local artist hung a little gallery of his paintings at the Ivy Leaf Art Centre before Friday night’s launch of the annual Kerry Drama Festival.
Kevin Barry credits former ‘Tech’ art teacher, Eleanor Scully as prompting him to take up the brush in the first place.
“I always enjoyed art at the vocational school and though I left it for a while I’m back at it again lately,” said Kevin.
“I enjoyed doing the paintings of the likes of the late Con Houlihan and John B. Keane and I did one of Paidí Ó Sé in a couple of hours the other night when I was preparing for this exhibition,” he said.
This is Kevin’s second local exhibition in the space of six months as he also showed his worked in Browne’s Bar during the Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival last October.
Working from photographs, Kevin is a prolific painter and is gaining a reputation locally as ‘a great man to nail a likeness’ and, whatever his technique, he’s certainly done that with the paintings he’s showing at the Ivy Leaf Art Centre all this week in conjunction with the drama festival.