ON SATURDAY the Letterkenny Music and Drama Group compete in The All Ireland Confined Drama Finals in Shercock, Co Cavan with their play The 39 Steps.
They qualified for the All Ireland by virtue of the fact that they won all seven Drama Festivals they competed in all around Ulster since the beginning of March.
They won in Castleblaney, Lislea, Portadown, Derry, Strabane, Carrigmore and Ballyshanon. Along with winning the festivals outright they also won 46 individual awards including best Actress (Elaine Gillespie), Best Actor (Kieran Kelly), Best Supporting Actor (Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhrighde & John Ruddy), Best Director /Producer (Pluincéad Ó Fearraigh), Best Stage Manager (Fiona Mc Daid), Best Lighting (Niall Cranney and Ann Marie Langan), Best Technical /Sound (Paul Rooney), Best Comedy, Best Set and the Audience Awards and more.
The group have also qualified to compete in The Ulster Drama Finals in Newtownabbey in Belfast on, May 15. This is a separate competition from the All Ireland.
This is an exciting time for the LMDG, An Grianán Theatre, the town of Letterkenny and of course the county with the prospect of bringing an All Ireland Trophy and Ulster Title home to the county. We wish them luck.
The group have already staged and sold out The 39 Steps in An Grianán four times this year and due to popular demand will stage it again for the last time on Saturday, May 12 at 8pm. Book early to avoid disappointment by ringing the theatre on Tel 07491 20777.