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Although we are still enjoying the last rays of summer sunshine, those autumn leaves are coming!  We have been hearing of lots of long-awaited drama activity from our members around the country  - so, that's on the way too this autumn, and early 2022!  You playwrights out there have been busy as well - Chairman of the judging panel, Walker Ewart, reports 31 entries to the 2021 DLI/ADCI Playwriting competition, so he, and fellow judges Anne Mekitarian and Trish Keane will be perusing those scripts between now and the announcement of the winners at the One Act Finals in Ennis.    
We are delighted with the uptake on our DLI Outreach Workshops, funded by the Arts Council - everyone is so eager to get back in action. Details of all five of the events so far are up on our website now - news in this ezine on the latest two. There are many more planned around the country between now and next year, so watch this space (and our website and facebook!)  If YOUR group would like to host a one day workshop in 2022, get in touch with DLI Chairperson, Willie O'Brien. Willie can advise on the choice of a suitable tutor for the content of the workshop you would like. 
ISOLATION by Catherine McKiernan

One of the initiatives supported by our Arts Council funding will be launched this weekend, 25 & 26 September in Backstage Theatre, Longford. The Highly Commended playwrights from the 2020 DLI/ADCI Playwriting competition are being afforded the opportunity to work with professional directors and dramaturgs. First up is Catherine McKiernan with her play ISOLATION. Working with Director Bairbre Ni Chaoimh, four professional actors will bring the text to life, and will perform a rehearsed reading. The play will be audio recorded (the series of recordings from this initiative will be available in 2022) on Sunday. More of these readings will take place in 2022.   

One Act Secretary, Ollie Kenny, writes:
There has been a massive response from groups who are willing to participate on this year's one act circuit, with 37 groups registered to date. Unfortunately, due to the Covid situation, we are down on the number of qualifying festivals that we would normally have. Because of this we have limited the number of festivals that groups can participate in to 5 this year. 
As a new initiative, we have asked festival committees to run an extra session in their respective festivals to cater for the number of groups looking for places. The response so far has been positive, with a number of festivals committed to adding an extra night or afternoon session on to their schedule. We are very grateful to the festival committees who have done this, as it will hopefully mean that all groups may be able to get their full allocation of festivals.  
We await with great anticipation the announcement of all the festival line-ups this weekend. Hopefully all the groups who have registered will be catered for. There's such an air of excitement now that we are 'up and running' as such, so roll on the last weekend in October, and let the drama begin! The festival schedule is available on our website
This workshop will explore methods of adding depth to characterisation and increasing the actor’s impact in performance. Through physical and psychological exploration, scene work and performance, the actor and director will examine how this synergy can impact a developing characterisation so that it achieves its fullest potential.
Imelda McDonagh (pictured left) is an experienced director, actor, adjudicator and drama facilitator. She holds an MA in Theatre Studies, has adjudicated three Finals on the drama circuit and has recently directed the national award-winning production of Michael Collins on the AIMS platform.
TUTOR: Imelda McDonagh 
DATE: 16 October
TIME: 10 - 5
VENUE: Castlebridge Community Centre, Co Wexford
REGISTRATION FEE: €10, payable at venue
CONTACT: Valerie McGuile, DLI Administrator:
089 2356672 (Mon -Thu 10-3)

 Behind every cast that takes a bow and laps up the applause, is a team of creatives and technical crew who work together to bring a show to life. When a production works, it does so due to all the elements coming together. In a supportive and encouraging environment, this day long workshop seeks to bring actors, directors, designers, and tech crew together to find ways to make theatre alive and vibrant. Taking several scenes, we will work collaboratively to investigate how the creative team can support the work of the actors. Whether you shine brightly on stage or are part of the creative and tech team, this workshop could be for you!
Geoff O’Keeffe (left) is a theatre director, actor and drama adjudicator. He has facilitated workshops for drama groups all over the country and has been in great demand as an adjudicator. He is Director for Mill Productions in Dublin, and holds an MA in Theatre Studies from DCU.
TUTOR: Geoff O'Keeffe 
DATE: 16 October 2021
TIME: 10 - 4
VENUE: Skerries Community Centre (beside Little Theatre), Thomas Hand St, Skerries, Co Dublin
REGISTRATION FEE: €10, payable at venue
CONTACT: Valerie McGuile, DLI Administrator:
089 2356672 (Mon-Thu 10-3)

The ADCI is excited to announce the return of the Full-Length Drama Festival Circuit in Spring 2022. Along with our member festivals, we look forward to reuniting the amateur drama community and welcoming back drama groups and audiences across the island of Ireland to enjoy the best of Irish amateur drama.

Keep an eye on our social media pages for more information to follow in the coming days and weeks.

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