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Dear Members and friends in drama
It has been a great honour to have served as DLI Chairperson for the past two years. As you know the AGM will be held on Zoom at 11am on Sat 27th March. It would be fantastic to have two (or more) representatives from each member DLI Group and all the individual members in attendance. After all there's no travel time this year : ) It's a super opportunity to connect, see what DLI has done over the past year and help plan for the coming year. Members have been sent notice and nomination forms but if contact details have changed and you didn't receive them or have any questions, get in touch with National Secretary
Interested in joining the DLI Board? Check with Eugene for the ‘terms and conditions’. Send completed nomination form(s), motions and advice of your intention to attend AGM to Eugene by 5th March and he will forward you the Zoom link.  
I'd like to wish the best to all involved in the Clare Drama Radio Play Festival opening on Saturday at 8pm on Scariff Bay Community Radio. What a super idea! It's very exciting to have 20 one act plays to listen to over the next 6 weekends #dramafix #thatsmesorted. I'm delighted to have been invited by Tom Hanley to open the festival on Saturday night - looking forward to it!
I hope lots of you are getting your 3-5 min video clips ready to enter the Summer School competition (deadline 17th March-best entries will be posted on DLI Facebook page) and have booked your place through Development Officer for the Directing Masterclass this Sunday at 10am with Jimmy Murphy.
Let's keep the drama flag flying!
Tune into Centre Stage, the Arts Programme on Dublin City FM 103.2 at 7:30pm on Tuesday 2nd March when Jack Gilligan interviews Chairperson Joanne Keane about the DLI. You can catch it on podcast after the show.
As Covid-19 Restrictions continue, DLI aims, as usual, to provide our members with some enjoyable distraction to keep in touch with the drama read on...
The Board of the Abbey Theatre has announced the appointment of Caitríona McLaughlin as its new Artistic Director and Mark O'Brien as its new Executive Director.
Caitríona McLaughlin is an award-winning theatre director, and an Associate Director at the Abbey since 2017. Recent productions at the Abbey include an outdoor production of The Great Hunger by Patrick Kavanagh, staged at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Citysong by Dylan Coburn Gray and an acclaimed revival of On Raftery's Hill by Marina Carr, for which she won Best Director at the 2019 Irish Times Theatre Awards. 
Mark O'Brien is the Director of Axis Arts Centre in Ballymun, a focal point for cultural and community engagement on Dublin's northside, and a stalwart of the Irish theatre scene, with an extensive background in Community and Youth arts.

We have been delighted to send you the featured scripts from the 2020 DLI/ADCI Playwriting competition. Let's focus on two more of the Highly Commended plays today. 
Email to get your reading copy:
ISOLATION by Catherine McKiernan
Setting: Ger's bedroom; Fitzpatricks' kitchen; Hospital Waiting Room
Gerard Fitzpatrick (Teenager)
Emma Fitzpatrick, his mother (mid 40s)
Una Smith, Emma's sister (mid 40s)
Frank Fitzpatrick (mid 40s)
Ger has dreams which may not be in keeping with his mother's ambitions for him. Emma struggles with a husband whose influence over her and the family has not always been positive.  Una brings some lightheartedness and understanding to the situation. This well-crafted play examines the effects of domestic abuse with insight and empathy. 
LOCKED IN by Freda Donoghue
Setting: A house in an Irish town, April 2020.  The country is in Lockdown. 
Paddy 61
Irene, his wife 60
Eva, their daughter, 31
During the Covid crisis, Eva has to stay with her parents, and the difficulties she has always had with them increase. Irene is starting to lose her memory, and while Frank is doing his utmost to protect her, Eva wants them to confront reality. When Irene escapes from the house to talk to a local man, more truths about the family situation are revealed.     

It's the end of February, and the Full Length Circuit should be underway. Many of you will be reminiscing about past productions, and dreaming of when we can literally get shows on the road again. 
In 2020, Mullingar Theatre Lab's festival show was One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.  They got to perform the play a couple of times, and then Covid stepped in... have a look at their interrupted story...
Members might remember the article by Claire Joyce in the 2020 DLI Magazine The Five Stages of Mourning your Covid Show... Well, Down at Heel Productions in Co Kildare have proceeded with their Fractured project, and.....
S1 of FRACTURED - a family, a nation, a dream...the new podcast from Down at Heel Productions is out on all platforms NOW! New episodes will be released every Sunday. 
With humour and heart, it tells the story, in soap format of the Barry family during the War of Independence and into the Civil War.
 Further information from
Playwright (Positive Dead People) and actor Pauline Shanahan is currently working on a project with the UCD Innovation Academy.  The project is based around all aspects of costume in the amateur drama community. 
She would like to get in contact with anyone who does costumes for a group or maybe someone who has been involved on the scene for a long time.  It would involve filling out a very short survey and if a few people were up for it, maybe a short chat on the phone. 
Pauline would love to hear from you!
Joining Paddy on Lockdown Conversations this Thursday is Imelda McDonagh.
Imelda is an award-winning director and actress and the Secretary of the Association of Drama Adjudicators.  

Join Imelda and our host, Paddy Farrelly, live on Facebook tonight 25th February at 8pm.
Eoin O'Hagan and Tom Hanley write: 
Scariff Bay Community Radio (SBCR) and The Clare Drama Festival (CDF) are delighted to announce that the inaugural Clare Drama Radio Play Festival will begin on the East Clare community radio station on Saturday 27 February
A special festival programme hosted by SBCR's Eoin O’Hagan at 8pm and continuing on the following Saturdays and Sundays in March, will be presented by Clare Festival PRO Tom Hanley, until the final night on Easter Sunday 4 April. The Clare Drama Radio Play Festival is a perfect addition to the schedule of SBCR and an antidote to the continuing lockdown for both the listeners to the local station as well as the devotees of amateur drama throughout Ireland.
There has been an enthusiastic response from drama groups and we are thrilled that twenty groups have decided to enter one act plays, the majority being new plays written especially for radio. The Festival will culminate with a final adjudication and awards ceremony on Easter Sunday at 8pm. Live professional adjudication of each performance will be by Paul Brennan of the Association of Drama Adjudicators (ADA)(left) and each play will be judged on its acting, direction and sound production, with points awarded for each category.
The first two drama groups who will take to the virtual stage this Saturday 27th February at 8pm are Insight Theatre Celbridge, Co Kildare with their production of The Apprentice written and directed by Joe Bergin, followed by Doonbeg DG with Where is this Malabar? written by Liam Howard and directed by Mary J Egan. 
With twenty groups entered there will be a feast of drama over the next six weekends on our community radio station.  We hope you can join us!
Break A Leg to all!! 
Listen live, locally on 88.3 and 92.7FM. Tune in online via the Listen Live button on or via the Tune In radio app. 
Eoin O'Hagan 087 2523503
Tom Hanley   087 6841549 or
DLI MASTERCLASS with Jimmy Murphy

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