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All Ireland Drama Finals 2019

The West Clare Drama Festival is delighted to host the All-Ireland Drama Finals (Confined) in Doonbeg from the 5th – 13th of April, 2019. This is a major event for our volunteer committee and for the whole of West Clare.  Having hosted 3-Act Drama Festivals in Doonbeg since 1962, it is a real honour to bring the top amateur drama groups from around the country to Clare for the first time in the All-Ireland Final's history.

You can follow the progress of all of the confined drama groups over the course of the festival circuit on the Amateur Drama Council website  We look forward to giving all nine finalists who successfully reach the pinnacle of the All-Ireland Finals in Doonbeg, a real WestClare welcome!

Once the Draw for the top nine places in the All-Ireland Finals has been completed on Sunday the 31st of March, the line-up of the programme for the Festival will be available here.

The Adjudicator for the All-Ireland is Paula Dempsey. and the drama groups in the Confined section will be competing for the following Awards

The West Clare Drama Festival hopes you will join us in celebrating the cultural richness, life expression and story-telling that is the amateur drama movement.  Catch all the information for the All-Ireland Finals here on our dedicated web page and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest news and stories from the festival circuit.

Adjudicator 2019 Paula Dempsey

Paula is a professional actor and director. She has worked on programmes including The Accrington Pals and The Wild Poppy Blowing for RTE Radio produced by John Mac Kenna. Plays include Who by Fire and The Woman at the Window with Mend and Makedo Theatre Company, Married to the Sea for Dragonfly Theatre Company and she has directed Christopher Durang’s Beyond Therapy for Orions Belt Theatre Company.

She has won awards for directing The Beauty Queen of Lenane and for directing a one act called George. She has directed Big Maggie among others. Paula was director of Laois Youth Theatre and as such worked with members and writers devising original theatre productions. These include Laois - A Sound History by Pat Boran and On Track by Ursula De Brun.

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Paula has also taken part and directed several musicals.. Direction credits include Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat , Annie Get your Gun and The Sound of Music.  Acting roles include Grace in Annie, Golde in Fiddler on the Roof and Anna Borowski in Who by Fire! Paula has just come from playing her first role in a German play called ‘Der Vaterschaftsprozess des Zimmermans Joseph.

Paula has also worked as an actor trainer and facilitator for theatre training companies such as Shift Theatre and ToBe theatre training.

Paula has been adjudicating since 2007, and is a member of the Association of Drama Adjudicators. She is a founder member of The Michael Chekov Studio Dublin and holds an honours BA and MA in Modern Drama Studies.

This is Paula’s second visit to Doonbeg and she says she is delighted and honoured to be adjudicating the confined finals 2019. 

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About Doonbeg

Located in the heart of West Clare, Doonbeg is a beautiful, picturesque village with plenty to offer.

From the magnificence of the world renowned Doonbeg Golf Club, to our acclaimed sandy beaches, with the vibrance of many festivals & events, Doonbeg has everything to meet your needs. Please take the time to explore to find out more about our village, you won’t be disappointed!!


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