THE Butt Drama Circle Ltd held its AGM at the Balor Arts Centre on Tuesday, October 21, where Mr Eddie Flanagan was announced at the new chairperson.
Outgoing chair, Ms Mary Laverty passed on the reigns to Mr Flanagan after two years in charge and thanked other committee and staff members for their hard work.
During her address, Ms Laverty said the club had a ‘very busy and successful year’, adding that despite ‘some problems’, the club was in a healthy state.
“Quite a bit of money was expended during the year, the purchasing of new radio microphones, compete refurnishing of the Greenroom, painting of all of the basement area and engaging contract cleaners to leave the place as good as new, a sum of €500 was donated to the Sean O’Hare Unit, part of the proceeds of the Ladies Night.
“A total of €35,000 was expended during the year, most of which was spent in the Twin Towns area. Box Office receipts showed a profit for two of the shows (the Pant and Ladies Night) and a loss on the two other shows (Parlour Song, the festival play and Little Shop of Horrors) and a fifth box office taking (The Murder Mystery) was allocated to the theatre fund.
While the bank balance was ‘down about €6,000’, Ms Laverty said the problem of obtaining a suitable space to construct sets was also still ‘ongoing’.
Forthcoming productions by the Butt Drama Circle Ltd include the Wizard of Oz panto and Secondary Schools Festival in November, The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams in February/March, followed by the annual Drama Festival Circuit.
Schools Drama Festival
The Butt Drama Circle will run its annual Secondary Schools Drama Festival on Wednesday, November 5 and Thursday, November 6 in the Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey.
Entrants include St.Columba’s College, Stranorlar, Deele College, Raphoe, Gairmscoil Chú Uladh, Ballinamore, Falcarragh Community School and Coláiste Cholmcille, Ballyshannon.
The festival starts at 8pm nightly and will be adjudicated by Maura Logue. Admission is €5 per adult and €3 per student.