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 We are all looking for some much-needed distraction now that the restrictions have been extended again, so in this newsletter you will find access to new plays to read, plays to watch online, a short season of Acting Unrehearsed on radio with DLI Summer School tutor, Geoff Colman, and the enjoyable In Conversation With series on the ADCI Facebook page. 
Thanks to all our members who immediately responded to the email sent out last week, reminding you all of the 2021 group & individual membership renewal.  DLI needs the continuation of your loyal support more than ever this year.  Below is the email from our Membership Secretary, Mary Newman. The forms and banking details for EFT and online payment are on our website:
Dear Friends in Drama
A very Happy New Year to all of you from the Board of DLI.  We hope you’ve all been keeping safe and well.
Following a recent DLI Board meeting we are contacting all groups and individual members with a reminder about renewing your membership for the coming year.  Given the current uncertain situation, the Board has taken the decision to defer the increase in membership fees, agreed at our last AGM, until 2022, so this year’s membership remains at €35 for individuals and €120 for groups. In the absence of all other income streams at the moment, it is crucial for the DLI to receive income from memberships in order to continue to run the office and the organization.
The DLI Board is voluntary and there is no payment for the work the Board members do, such as running the Summer School and workshops, editing the magazine, keeping track of the finances, helping oversee the One Act Circuit, organising membership events such as the online Quiz and so on. 
Throughout the year, Valerie will continue to answer drama related queries, send out the fortnightly eZine newsletter, send out plays from the library ... and bills such as insurance, heat and light for the Office will have to be paid, so we really need your support to keep the DLI show on the road!
We are conscious of the fact that there is little or no drama activity at the moment, but we are hopeful that it will resume soon, perhaps as early as the second quarter of the year.  We have plans afoot for online workshops in February and March, which will be exclusive to members.  Looking further ahead, we are planning for Summer School, whether it takes its normal form or has to be in the form of day and weekend workshops. 
If it is possible, we would like you to pay the membership fee by EFT  or online, but of course we will still accept cheques, if that is your preferred method of payment - send to DLI, dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 16.  Don’t forget to include the full name of groups or individuals with the payment and also any updates regarding contact details.  If you are no longer the contact person for your group, please pass this email on to the appropriate recipient. The DLI Office number is 089 2356672
We look forward to the support of the great amateur drama community all over Ireland, whether you renewed last year or are coming back to us following a break.  Here’s hoping that 2021 will see a return of a vibrant drama scene.
We wish you all a safe and successful year ahead. 
Mary Newman
We would like to gradually make the scripts from the 2020 DLI /ADCI Playwriting competition available to our members to read, with a view to performance, online or onstage later this year, either on the One Act Circuit, or in your local venue. The inevitable proviso Covid-19 Restrictions allowing must of course be added here. The scripts can be emailed to you from
Let's begin with the winning play, and the two runners up.
WINNER A Safe Passage by Irene Kelleher
Setting: A circular living space inside Inish Dubh Lighthouse New Year's Eve 1979
Characters: Christy, the Lighthouse Keeper (50s)
Woman (20s)
The action takes place in a lighthouse on 31 December 1979. Christy is expecting to spend the last hours of the decade alone.  Then he hears a voice, and is joined out of the sea by a young woman. She seems familiar....and suddenly the night takes a different turn....
RUNNER UP The Centipede by Frank Houlihan
Setting: An ordinary sitting room, with a phone on the table.
Characters: Nancy (60s)
Mary (60s)
Two sisters talk about the past, and experiences they shared as schoolgirls.  They have a secret from that time, which may now surface as one of them has just received a letter, and they await a phone call....
RUNNER UP Champions by Peter Trant
Setting:  A small hotel in London on the day in June 1985 when Barry McGuigan came to fight for the Featherweight Championship of the World, and a Clinic Waiting Room. The stage is divided in two: The hotel Residents' Lounge on one side & the bedroom on the other. 
Bartley Burke Hotel Owner (50s)
Johnny Reilly Resident (50s)
Aisling McKenna Hotel Guest (20s/30s)
Pearse Gildea Her boyfriend (20s/30s)
Nurse in the clinic
McGuigan's title fight provides the backdrop for the audience to recognise the changing times and mores in Ireland in the years leading up to 1985, as the themes of the play deal with age-old problems and situations, and Aisling faces a dilemma...
TUNE IN TO......

Joining Paddy Farrelly tonight in the latest of his Lockdown Conversations is Mary J Egan.
Mary J is an All Ireland winning director, and former DLI board member. She is a member of Doonbeg DG, and is steeped in drama! 
Catch the chat between Paddy and Mary J on the ADCI Facebook page at 8pm tonight.  
 Streamed production from Olympia Theatre of Beckett's HAPPY DAYS with Siobhán McSweeney (Derry Girls) and Marty Rea
30 January @19.15
In The Essay season, over the course of five nights, Acting Coach Geoff Colman considers the art of acting, and asks the eternal question - What makes a great actor?
BBC Radio 3
1 - 5 February 10.45-11.00pm
This is a new play by Sonya Kelly, commissioned by Druid, and starring Aaron Monaghan, Siobhán Cullen and Adetomiwa Edun.
Streamed 11 - 13 February
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