Monday 14th


BART PLAYERS THE CEMETERY CLUB  Ivan Menchel

Three Jewish widows meet once a month for tea before going to the cemetery to visit their husband’s graves. Ida is sweet tempered and ready to begin a new life; Lucille is a feisty embodiment of the girl who just wants to have fun; and Doris is priggish and judgemental, particularly when Sam the butcher enters the scene as he meets the widows while visiting his wife’s grave. Doris and Lucille squash the budding romance between Sam and Ida. They are guilt stricken when this nearly breaks Ida’s heart.

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NEWPOINT PLAYERS MARY K Sean Treanor

Mary Kelly was born at the end of the 19th Century. Sent away to be a hired servant, Mary travelled to the U.S.A. There she sought out a neighbour who had disappeared into the New York underworld and whom she married in Pittsburg. She and her husband returned and in the ensuing years she struggled to maintain her independence and cope with the challenges facing any woman in the male-dominated first half of the 20th century. She would never have known the term, but she was a “feminist”. The real-life Mary did not experience directly either all the joys or tragedies of the Mary K. story.  Some characters in the story are based upon people from her own village and their experiences.   



ROSEMARY DRAMA GROUP  TARTUFFE   Ranjit Bolt (translator)

Religious conman, Tartuffe, worms his way into business man – Orgon’s life, household and family. So successful is he in his fraud, that he looks set to drive away Orgon’s son, Damis; marry his daughter, Mariane, seduce his wife, Elmire. Her may well have Orgon himself jailed, and take onto himself all Orgon’s possessions  



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Tuesday 15th


HOLYWOOD PLAYERS   ABSENT FRIENDS   Alan Ayckbourn

Colin must be comforted in his grief over the death of his fiancé. His friends who have never met the girl, arrange as tea party for him. Understandably, they are on edge wondering what to say to him. But there is more to their unease than that. Diana, Paul, John, Evelyn and Marge are all kept together by a mixture of business and cross marital emotional ties. By the time Colin arrives for tea their mood is tense and his cheerful analysis of their trouble causes each in his/her own way to break down.


Adjudicator - Robert Meadows GoDA


THEATRE 3 NEWTOWNABBEY  THE ANASTASIA FILES  Royce Ryton

Did the daughter of Tsar Nicholas ll die with the rest of the Imperial family in 1918? Or was she the girl found in an asylum in 1920? This brilliantly executed drama presents the case for and against ‘Mrs Manahan’, using only four actors – Mrs Manahan, a police inspector who later plays his own son and an additional actor and actress who between them play thirty parts. Audiences are spellbound by this compelling play with a final surprising twist.


Newtownabbey Drama Festival 2022 Full Length Festival An Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council Arts Event Monday 14 - Friday 18 March 2022