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DLI BOARD 2020-21  
Top  L-R Eugene O'Sullivan, Joanne Keane, Willie O'Brien
Middle L-R Karen Carleton, John Lennon, Ollie Kenny
Bottom L-R Emma Jane Nulty, Mary Newman, Michael Stafford
DLI AGM will take place on Sat 27 Mar 2021 at 11am on Zoom. DLI would like to have all individual members and two members from each member group in attendance at the AGM. It  is an excellent opportunity for members to attend the AGM from the comfort of their own homes!
A drama group can send two members as delegates. Other members of a group may also attend. The members should register their intention to attend  and indicate whether it is as DLI Individual member, as a DLI Group Member delegate or as DLI group members to DLI National Secretary by Sat 20 Mar at 6pm. A link to the Zoom meeting will be emailed in advance of the AGM. 
We are looking forward to seeing you, our members, in attendance, to review the past year and plan for the future year. 
It's not too late to enter the DLI Video Competition!! We are offering a Summer School 2021 voucher to the value of €100 to the best performance video submitted to DLI. The content must be original, and can be a group or individual effort, lasting 3-5 minutes. 
It should be made on your phone (if using your phone, please ensure it is in landscape mode & check the sound quality before sending) or laptop and can be a Zoom recording - queries and submissions to  We all need our spirits lifted these days, so upbeat subject matter please!!  Shortlisted videos will be posted on the DLI Facebook page.
Closing date is St Patrick’s Day, Wednesday 17 March. We’re waiting to hear from you!

There was a great response to the DLI Directing Masterclass with Jimmy Murphy on 28 Feb, with almost 100 attendees. Pictured above are playwright Jimmy Murphy (bottom), DLI Development Officer John Lennon (left) who organised the workshop & Joanne Keane DLI Chairperson (right). Spot some of you directors below!!


Declan O'Brien, Parnassus AG, has written this tribute to Seamus.
On 26 January, the Parnassus Arts Group marked the 1st anniversary of its founder, Seamus Thackaberry.
Seamus founded the group in 1981 in the, then, Department of Social Welfare. The original casts and crews were drawn, in the main from the Department.
There was little or no acting experience in the early days but through Seamus’s dogged determination, the membership grew, the quality of productions improved and the group thrived. 
Over the years, as the group spread its wings, it took in members from all walks of life. It has produced more than 100 plays, taken productions to all corners of the country, to Boston, USA and to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
It has also had a comedy album go to the top of the Irish Album charts in 1995. 
Most importantly, it spawned a series of friendships among those who have been with the group that last to this day. It has resulted in the odd marriage or two.
None of this would have been possible without the foresight of Seamus Thackaberry, or “Thack” as he was fondly known.
He was a well-known figure among the drama groups of Dublin and was often called in to provide and operate sound for many a production. Seamus’ sound equipment and his vast collection of sound effects were way ahead of their time and enhanced many a production for Parnassus and other groups.
He acted in many productions with the group, but his first love was directing. He would have directed most of the group’s best received shows.
Sadly, in his later years, Seamus began to suffer ill health which deprived him of joys that retirement should have brought him. He spent the last 4 years of his life in the wonderful care of Kiltipper Woods Nursing Home. He was just 70 years of age.
While not known for his timing, Seamus managed to get a well-deserved and well attended send-off from his family and friends not long before the Covid restrictions were announced!
On the occasion of his first anniversary, a request was put out to people who would have encountered Seamus for inclusion in a special edition of the Parnassus Arts Group newsletter. The response was extraordinary with tributes being sent from all corners of the globe. To get a flavour of the esteem in which he was held, this is the link to the newsletter.
May he rest in peace.
DLI Chairperson Joanne Keane was honoured to open the inaugural Clare Drama Radio Play Festival on Scariff Bay Community Radio on 27 February. 
 The Opening Ceremony with the first two plays can be accessed on the Scariff Bay Community Radio Facebook page and the plays already broadcast can be listened to on podcast (Scariff Bay Radio Podcasts on Podbean App). Many of the 20 entries are new One Act plays and some such as Where is this Malabar by Liam Howard (winner of the DLI/ADCI Playwriting Award) have been adapted for radio.
Well done to Tom Hanley, Eoin O'Hagan and Committees for launching such an excellent initiative. You can catch the remaining plays Sat & Sun evenings at 8pm, followed by adjudication by Paul Brennan (ADA). The finals and awards presentation is on Sun 4th April on the player on
Enquiries to Tom Hanley: 087 6841549

Your Invitation from Firedoor!
After the success of our first online Campfire back in November, Firedoor Theatre, Dublin, will be running the 2nd FIREDOOR VIRTUAL CAMPFIRE!
For those of you who missed it before, here’s the basic idea: A campfire is an open-air fire in a camp as a focal point for social activity. We’re taking this concept online and we would love it if you joined us.

This will be a night of sharing – stories, poems, monologues, performances, strange abilities, short plays... you name it! It is a platform to showcase theatrical work and skills.
As before, we are looking for submissions from Firedoor members and non-members alike. We’re looking for pieces that are 4 - 7 minutes in length, but if you have something shorter or longer we’d still love to hear from you. If you don’t have anything to submit - please join us as an audience member!

For submissions, please email: and include the following details:

• Who is performing?
• What kind of performance is it? e.g. Monologue, short play, storytelling,       improv, poetry...
• The title & author of your piece?
• What is your piece about?
• How long it is (in minutes)?

> Closing date for submissions is Saturday 20th March @ 11:59pm (special extended deadline)
> We will get back with confirmation on 21st of March at the latest
> A brief tech run with all performers attending before the show - date: TBD

> The campfire will be held via Zoom on Friday 26th March 2021.
> Latest updates:

Tonight, in Episode 10 of Lockdown Conversations, Paddy Farrelly chats with Mary Cox. 
Mary is National Treasurer of ADCI, committee member of Roscommon Drama Festival, and very active director with Roscommon DG. 
Catch the conversation at 8pm tonight on ADCI Facebook page!  

The deadline to apply for these courses is March 12th and all the information is available on the website.
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