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Dear DLI Members and friends 
It has been a year like no other. Everyone has been affected. No one has been untouched by loss; whether it be of those dear to us, of those we admire, of work, of play, of the meeting up in person, of laughs, of shoulders to cry on. 
Yet, in the midst of all that is going on we see evidence of resilience and indomitable spirit, of so many, like that of 6 year old Adam King on the Late Late Show, and it is inspiring. 
In the world of amateur drama, despite all the cancellations and restrictions, we saw outdoor productions, online shows, original works composed, a great response to the socially distanced workshops in the DLI Outreach Summer School and an unprecedented amount of entries for the DLI/ADCI New Playwriting Award - showing how adaptable people are.  Great use was made of social media to keep the drama community connected. Many have told Valerie how much they appreciate the fortnightly eZine to keep them in touch. 
It will be a while before things get back to ‘normal’ but there is hope for the future with vaccines on the way. 
Steps are in place to work with the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin, and with the Arts Council, to get all the support we can for amateur drama. 
I’d like to wish each and every one of you a happy and healthy Christmas. May you all stay safe and well ... and here’s to a better year in 2021! 
Yours in drama 🎭 
PS The DLI office service closes for Christmas on Thursday 17 December.  Valerie will be back on Monday 4 January 2021.
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Send Us Your Christmas Greeting!
As we approach the end of 2020, we thought it would be nice to bring the drama community together for Christmas good wishes. As with all else this year, it will be a virtual reunion. We’re asking that all groups and individuals record a ONE SENTENCE greeting, on a phone, using LANDSCAPE setting and then forward it by WhatsApp to Mary Newman, DLI Membership Secretary.
Mary's number is 086 8159828.

We’ll put these greetings together and send them out to everybody on social media.
It’s up to you to decide who’ll record your message. If a number of people are involved, please do it safely outdoors. Give the name of the group or individual. For example: Christmas Greetings from all in the Moat Club Naas! or Mary Newman here, wishing all my drama friends a Happy Christmas!

Ideally it would be great to have your messages by THURSDAY 17 DECEMBER.

It might bring a little Christmas cheer into our households, and, although we’ve missed so many of our communal activities this year, it will remind us that when the times improve, our drama community will come together again stronger than ever.

Joanne Keane (DLI Chairperson, 6&6 ADCI/DLI Joint Committee Chairperson) 
Ollie Kenny (DLI Vice-Chairperson, 6&6 ADCI Joint Committee Secretary) 
Jim Culleton (Fishamble)
Walker Ewart (Playwriting Award Committee Chairperson) 
Aidan Reidy (ADCI President) 
Michael Johnston (ADCI Chairperson) 
Photos: Ian Flavin, Tom Cullinane
What an amazing response there was this to this year’s DLI/ADCI New Playwriting Competition with an amazing number of entries of 58 One Act plays. 
The adjudicating panel members of Walker Ewart, Anne Mekitarian and Trisha Keane have reached their decisions and the results will be announced at 7pm on Thursday 17th December 2020 in a video presentation posted simultaneously on the DLI and ADCI Facebook pages. 
Jim Culleton, Artistic Director, Fishamble, the New Play Company, will kindly open the Awards Ceremony. 
Find out which are the highly commended plays and who will win the coveted prize of a week at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre. 
Hope you can tune in! 
Jessica Hilliard, Directing of Marketing in The Lir Academy, Dublin, has sent the following message for DLI members:
Master of Fine Art (MFA) Theatre Directing students at The Lir Academy are seeking volunteer actors to participate in weekly informal scene presentations.

Participating involves attending rehearsals totalling 4-6 hours and presenting the scene to the MFA Directing instructor on Monday evening.
Actors do not need to be available every week to participate, but can respond to each Actor Call-out as it suits them. The call will go out on Tuesday/Wednesday for the following week.  

Rehearsals will take place at The Lir Academy, typically on weekday evenings and weekend mornings/afternoons.
Actors will need to wear masks and abide by Covid safety protocols issued to them from The Lir Academy.

If you are interested in participating, please contact: Holly,

Franziska or Effie  

The final monologue in Season One, A Chat by the Canal, written by Mary Newman, and featuring Máire Murphy, is streaming now.  See Moat Club Facebook page for more...
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