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L-R Joanne Keane, DLI Chairperson, Minister Josepha Madigan, DLI Finance Director, Karen Carleton & former DLI Chairman Jackie Scanlan at a 2019 meeting in Dáil Eireann.  
Drama League of Ireland CLG (DLI) is delighted to be on the funding allocation list for the Small Scale Local Festivals and Summer Schools Scheme. The news of this grant from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht is very welcome and the funding of €5,000 will certainly be put to good use. 
The amateur drama community is one which adds a wealth of culture and creativity to the country. It is vital the connections are kept alive to help foster well-being and get through this crisis. 
Due to health and safety restrictions imposed to protect people from Covid-19, the 55th DLI Summer School could not go ahead in its traditional format but now all is not lost! Plans are afoot by Willie O’Brien, Summer School Director, and team (pictured in 2019 L-R
DLI Administrator Valerie McGuile, Willie O'Brien, Mary J Egan, Ollie Kenny, Christine O'Brien & Elaine McLoughlin), to present an Outreach DLI Summer School Programme.
This will be a blended learning approach, a mixture of online and in-person theatre training around the country, starting with a socially distanced workshop on 5th July in Ballyshannon with Tutor Aaron Monaghan, organised by Rachel O’Connor, (Mobile +44 7716 011585) followed by a Virtual Voice Masterclass on Zoom with Tutor Andrea Ainsworth on 26th July organised by DLI's John Lennon
All Outreach activity is supported by Dept of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.  
There are more workshops to come over the summer, the format depending on Covid-19 conditions and guidelines. 
DLI would particularly like to acknowledge the support for amateur drama given by former Minister Josepha Madigan. 
Congratulations to Catherine Martin T.D., Green Party,pictured with President Higgins on her appointment as Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht. We in DLI are looking forward to liaising with Minister Martin, on behalf of amateur drama and plan to work with ADCI, ADA and any of the bodies and organisations associated with amateur drama to ensure the voice of amateur drama is heard. 


Well done to the DLI Seanad Éireann nominee, Malcolm Byrne, for highlighting the importance of supporting amateur and professional theatre in the Government July stimulus package in his debut address in Seanad Éireann. It’s sorely needed.
Here's to keeping the spark alive!!
Joanne Keane
DLI Chairperson 
Ballyshannon Drama Society are delighted to host a drama workshop with award winning actor and director Aaron Monaghan as part of the DLI Summer School Outreach programme.
The programme is funded by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

The Workshop will take place from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm on Sunday 5th July.
DLI Summer School Tutor 2019 Aaron Monaghan played the lead in Druid Shakespeare's acclaimed production of Richard 111 and has just finished filming the lead role in Redemption of a Rogue. He directed Trad by Mark Doherty, which toured nationwide and is Artistic Director of Livin Dred Theatre Company.

DLI Development Officer John Lennon advises that there are still places remaining on the Voice Masterclass with Andrea Ainsworth later this month. 
Get in touch with him for further details & to book your slot!
If you would like YOUR group under the DLI Newsletter spotlight, send your piece to, along with a high res jpeg photo. She's waiting to hear from you!!
Over to John Travers from Ballyshannon DS now....
When the Covid 19 Lockdown started in March, there was huge disappointment among the members of Ballyshannon Drama Society and drama lovers throughout Ireland when the Bostik All Ireland Confined Finals, due to be held in the Abbey Centre from 17th to the 25th of April, were cancelled. Also cancelled were two One Act Plays Faint Voices and A Bit Of Land, which were to be staged in late March.
It wasn't long until drama withdrawal symptoms set in and our members were itching to get some drama activity going again. Led by Sean Donegan, who had previous experience of working with classical texts, our Shakespeare in the Garden project was conceived. Sean selected four scenes to produce from Hamlet, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing and As You Like It. The piece, about 40 minutes long, will be performed to a private invited audience in the garden of a member’s home in mid August - subject to HSE guidelines. Additionally, they are filming Act 2, Scene 3 of Much Ado About Nothing for the Allingham Online Festival which will be available from July 16th.
We have resurrected our two one act plays and hope to recommence rehearsals shortly. We have also chosen a full length play which we hope to stage on the 2021 Festival circuit. With the Bostik All Ireland Confined Finals in Ballyshannon from 16th to 24th April 2021, we have a lot to look forward to.
In the meantime, follow the HSE Guidelines and stay safe everyone!
Celebrated playwright Jimmy Murphy( Kings of Kilburn High Road, Brothers of the Brush, Hen Night Epiphany,& All Ireland One Act Winner 2018 What's Left of the Flag) has made his two most recent plays available for amateur performance. 
First performed in 2019 by Glass Mask Theatre,The Seamster's Daughter is a full length with the following cast: Hanna mid 60s, Graham mid 40s, Alison late 20s & Megan early 20s.  
Idlewild is a two hander with a running time of approx 60 mins, and features The Rev & Donal, both mid 40s.  
For pdfs of the plays, contact Valerie on:
089 2356672
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