Festival programme

Official programme of the Claremorris Fringe Festival 2015, Friday 27th February to Sunday 8th March.

Fri 27th Crumbs
by William Patterson
The Grey Lake Actors – Robbie Gallagher
by Seamus McNally
St. Patrick’s Drama Group, Westport – Mary Carr
Sat 28th 2:18 Finchley
by Sarah Pitard
Long Haired Freaky People Productions – Frankie Moran
The Last Waltz
by Michael Goulding
Half A Breakfast Theatre Group – Michael Goulding
Sun 1st The Visibility
by Ken Armstrong
The Doubles Partnership – Ken Armstrong
by Joe Cottrell-Boyce
Red Card Players – John Nolan
Mon 2nd Music at The Fringe: Sarah Buckley and Shane Horgan
Tue 3rd Music at The Fringe: Linda Conway
Wed 4th Music at The Fringe: Seamus Ruttledge
Fri 6th The Ape Cage
by Paul Thompson
Parched Brigade Drama Group – John Paul Murphy
by Rex McGregor
Half A Breakfast Theatre Group – Richie Heneghan
Sat 7th Mr. Average
by Stephen Lancefield
Blendiva Productions – Moira Mahony
Sleeping Dogs
by Mena Mahon
Blendiva Productions – Moira Mahony
Sun 8th Four Decembers Ago
by Phil Pearson
Half A Breakfast Theatre Group – Michael Goulding
Neustra Dama de las Vinas
by Bob Canning
Pansart Drama – Christina McKeown

You can find out more each play and its author at the site’s Programme page.

Shortlist announced

Great news! We can now announce the shortlist of plays for the 2015 Claremorris Fringe Festival:

  • ‘2:18 Finchley’ by Sarah Pitard, London, U.K.
  • ‘Crumbs’ by William Patterson, Bangor, Co. Down. N. Ireland.
  • ‘Failures’ by Seamus McNally, Westport, Co. Mayo.
  • ‘Feline-High-Rise-Syndrome’ by Rex McGregor, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • ‘Four Decembers Ago’ by Phil Pearson, Cardiff, Wales.
  • ‘Hospitality’ by Joe Cottrell-Boyce, London, U.K.
  • ‘Mr. Average’ by Stephen Lancefield, East Sussex, U.K.
  • ‘Neustra Dama de las Vinas’ by Bob Canning, California, USA.
  • ‘Sleeping Dogs’ by Mena Mahon, Clogher, Co. Mayo.
  • ‘The Ape Cage’ by Paul Thompson, Derbyshire, U.K.
  • ‘The Last Waltz’ by Michael Goulding, Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo.
  • ‘The Visibility’ by Ken Armstrong, Castlebar, Co. Mayo.

Congratulations to all whose work has been chosen.

Fringe Festival 2015

New short plays wanted for third Claremorris Fringe.

We’re looking for stage-play scripts for the 2015 Fringe Festival which will be held in February and March of 2015. The scripts must be fifteen minutes long and must be new original work and be previously unpublished and unperformed.

The Fringe commenced in 2013 when Ken Armstrong from Castlebar won first prize for his play, ‘The Doubles Partner’. In 2014, The Fringe ran alongside the Confined Section of The All-Ireland Amateur Drama Finals, and was won by US playwright and screenwriter Bob Canning with his play ‘What Would Tippi Hedren Do, Hypothetically Speaking of Course?’

“As in previous years we’re looking for contemporary work,” said John Corless, Director of the Fringe. “The Fringe serves to showcase new writing and new writers. With that in mind, we’re looking for fresh ideas – fresh approaches. Ideally writers will challenge established thinking and practice. Playwrights should be brave; their work should be entertaining and relevant.”

The 2015 Fringe Festival will be held on two weekends – Friday Feb 27th to Sunday March 1st and Friday March 6 – Sunday March 8th – with two plays performed each night – that’s a total of twelve plays. The plays will be fifteen minutes duration (plus or minus two minutes) and will be independently judged. There will be a first prize of €500 for the writer of the best play with the runner-up getting €250.

Local drama groups will perform the plays and there will be numerous prizes for performance and production. If a writer whose play makes the shortlist wishes to have a drama group to which he or she is attached perform the play, that’s fine too.

Entries must be made on the official form. The entry fee for submitting a script is €10 (There is no admission charge to see the plays during the Fringe.) The closing date for the receipt of entries is Sunday December  14th.