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Top Row: L-R Eugene O'Sullivan ( Recording Sec), Joanne Keane, Karen Carleton, Willie O'Brien
Middle :Mairead Broderick (Chairperson), Ollie Kenny ( Sec), John Lennon, Hubert McMorrow
Bottom: Michael Johnston, Mary Torsney, Not pictured Máire Ni Riain, Rachael Cullivan
Each newsletter seems to bring more good news on the drama front, and this one is no exception!  We are now on a countdown to the 55th DLI Summer School beginning 31 July, and, following their Zoom Meeting on 11 July, the ADCI/DLI 6& 6 Joint Committee (pictured above) made the decision to run the 2021 One Act Circuit. Read all about how it will work within Covid restrictions below. 
You'll also note how our ever-innovative groups are back in performance in the featured flyers. Let us know what your group is doing this summer, and we'll be happy to post a flyer for you (jpegs/pngs please) office Another reminder that our landline in the Mill Theatre is not operational while the theatre remains closed, so contact Valerie on 089 2356672.   
L-R Kris Mooney,Together & Apart ( Antony Gormley sculpture aptly named for the times we are living in) (aka Brown Thomas!), Ollie Kenny, Dean Foley

 L-R Kris Mooney, Willie O'Brien behind Brown Thomas, Christine O'Brien

Checking out the Village Hall in Dromroe Village
Not that we are counting the days (!!), but it's now just over two weeks until we launch DLI Summer School 2021 on 31 July. Our Summer School team of SS Director Ollie Kenny, Willie O'Brien, Christine O'Brien and Elaine McLoughlin visited the UL campus last week to see how all Covid safety measures might be implemented.  They were joined in Limerick by the UL Liaison Officer for DLI, Dean Foley, and Covid Safety Officer appointed by DLI, Kris Mooney.  Kris will be present all week on site during Summer School.  Needless to say, working within Covid guidelines will be our No 1 priority.  You can see some of the team on their rounds above! (Photos Elaine McLoughlin) 
So, you still have a bit of time to get in touch with our team  if you would like to join us in UL. All details on Today we focus on just one of the courses available - Course F: And Then You Act! with Ciarán McCauley:
Having received hugely positive feedback from participants in Ciarán McCauley’s day course on our Summer 2020 Outreach Programme, DLI were eager to secure him for Summer School 2021.

This course is suitable for both actors and directors who feel they need to get more from their actors' physicality on stage, looking at how movement can be explored and enhanced to achieve a better performance. The course will also look at some vocal work, exploring exercises and techniques to improve vocal clarity and projection.

As an adjudicator on the All Ireland circuit, Ciarán is very in tune with the amateur scene and this is a course that is certain to be of great benefit to participants.  


The ADCI/DLI Joint Committee are delighted to announce that the All Ireland One-Act Drama Circuit will take place this autumn, and the All Ireland One-Act Drama Finals will go ahead in Ennis on 3-5 December 2021.
With the Covid-19 pandemic still a live issue, this is a brave move, and is, of course, subject to whatever the prevailing health guidelines might be in place later in the year.
But with the vaccine rollout driving ahead, and the effectiveness of the vaccine programme having a huge impact on limiting both the spread of the virus and the serious health threat that it once posed, we are optimistic that the circuit will be able to take place in a safe and managed environment during the months of October, November and December.
As it cannot be “Business as usual” there are a number of new guidelines that the Committee has introduced in the interest of everyone’s safety in respect of the hosting of, and participating in this year’s circuit. These are:
  1. The maximum number of cast and crew per production is 8 people.
  2. The maximum number allowed in a cast is capped at 4 actors.
  3. The number in the crew should be proportionate to the number of actors in the cast.
  4. Sets should be minimal.
  5. Lights setting will have to be done by the technical person at the relevant festival, so lighting requirements should be minimal.
These additional guidelines are necessary to reduce the risk of contamination, enhance infection prevention controls, thus ensuring as much as possible the health and safety of everyone involved in the circuit. We ask you all to be patient, flexible and co-operative at all times when setting up, striking and during your own and other groups' productions.
The schedule of relevant dates for festivals and groups is as follows:
  • Festivals must have their details with the Secretary of the Joint Committee by 27 August, outlining their preferred dates, venue and adjudicator. The list of festivals and dates will be published on the ADCI and DLI websites by 1 September.
  • Groups may register with the Secretary of the Joint Committee no sooner than 21 August.
  • Groups may apply to festivals from 18 September, and this must be done via email only. Festivals should reply to groups to acknowledge receipt of a group’s application.
  • Festivals are requested to complete their festival programme no sooner than  25 September.
The Committee will continue to monitor and react to the changes in Covid-19 levels and Government guideline updates and will keep you informed of any necessary changes in the coming weeks.

Dublin City 103.2 FM Radio interview on DLI/ADCI Playwriting Award 2021
(in association with The Ramor Theatre)
Click the link to tune into CentreStage Arts radio programme Dublin City 103.2 FM, which was aired at 7:30pm on Tue 13th July, to hear Joanne Keane, DLI PRO, in discussion with Jack Gilligan about the DLI/ADCI Playwriting Award 2021 (in association with the Ramor Theatre).
Actor Peter Gowan is on for the first 15 mins talking about his upcoming one-man show in Smock Alley The Chronicles of Oggle
A podcast of the radio programme will be available on Soundcloud in a few days. 
Queries about the Playwriting Award to: 
Closing date for entries is 10 September 2021. More details on


New Ross Drama Workshop will be presenting an evening of comedy and drama on July 21st-23rd as part of the New Ross Summer Sessions 2021, in association with St. Michael's Theatre New Ross and Wexford County Council.
Many of the group's familiar faces will appear in the evening and with an array of super writing, clever direction and acting prowess the evening is sure to be a big hit with all attendees.
Each evening the plays will include:
You Will Never Outrun Your Past by Michael Manley, directed by Peggy Hussey.
A Tale of Two Spectators by Peter Manos, directed by Martina Kavanagh.
A Bird is not a Pet by Rebecca Ryland, directed by Anne Kelly.
Joining the Club by David Tristram, directed by Peter O' Connor.
The show starts at 7pm in the Library Park Amphitheatre.
Admission is free but booking is essential: 051 421255

Two plays will be performed:
Summer at the Lake by Tennessee Williams, directed by Richard Lister.
I ♥ Alice ♥ I by Amy Conroy, directed by Sally Stevens.
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