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Tulla Drama group's Clare Fitzsimons, as Katie, and Brendan Daly, as Teddy Heelin, in rehearsals for their forthcoming production of Big Maggie, by John B. Keane, which runs in the local courthouse from March 23rd to 26th, and also in Scariff on Wednesday March 30th. Photograph by John Kelly

‘Big Maggie’ sets scene ahead of feast of drama in east Clare


LIVE drama makes a welcome return to East Clare later this month and, as part of that, John B Keane’s legendary leading lady Big Maggie will be making an appearance.

Tulla Drama Group is staging the classic tale of sex, land and money at Tulla Courthouse this week from Wednesday, March 23 until Friday March 25 and Big Maggie will also feature in the feast of drama that will be on offer as part of the 73rd Clare Drama Festival.

After a hiatus due to the pandemic, the event is back from Friday, March 25 to Saturday, April 2 in Scariff. 

The festival opens on Friday, March 25 at Scariff Community College Hall. Big Maggie will be back on stage there on Wednesday, March 30. 

Other highlights of this year’s festival will include a performance of Sive by the Clan Machua Drama Group on March 25. Meanwhile, on Saturday, March 26, Skibbereen Theatre Society will perform Brighton by Jim Nolan.

On the Sunday, Martin McDonagh’s The Beauty Queen of Leenane will be brought to life by the Brideview Drama Group.

The following week, The Ray Leonard Players will present their interpretation of The Beauty Queen, while Camross Drama Group will perform The Kings of the Kilburn High Road on Friday, April 1.

On the closing night of the festival, Killeen Drama Group will perform the ever-popular Conversations on a Homecoming.

That will be followed by the final adjudication and presentation of awards. The adjudicator for what is surely to be a feast of local drama is Ewart Walker. Doors open nightly at 7.15pm with curtain at 8pm. 

Tickets for Big Maggie are available at the Tulla Courthouse between 10am to 12noon from Monday to Friday March 22 to 25.

Bookings can also be made on 087-2356124.

Full details of the Clare Drama Festival are available on Facebook. 

About Fiona McGarry

Fiona McGarry joined The Clare Champion as a reporter after a four-year stint as producer of Morning Focus on Clare FM. Prior to that she worked for various radio, print and online titles, including Newstalk, Maximum Media and The Tuam Herald. Fiona’s media career began in her native Mayo when she joined Midwest Radio. She is the maker of a number of radio documentaries, funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI). She has also availed of the Simon Cumbers Media Fund to report on development issues supported by Irish Aid in Haiti. She won a Justice Media Award for a short radio series on the work of Bedford Row Project, which supports prisoners and families in the Mid-West. Fiona also teaches on the Journalism programmes at NUI Galway. If you have a story and would like to get in touch with Fiona you can email her at fmcgarry@clarechampion.ie or telephone 065 6864146.

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