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Ezine 10th of February

Happy Valentine’s Day to all our members – we have plenty of drama dates for you in this edition – hopefully you are working on the romantic dates for 14 February yourselves!

There is news of the DLI Winter School (11 -13 March) and, after a successful workshop in Ballinrobe last Saturday 5th with tutor Thomas Conway (our thanks to Wilde River DG for hosting the day), our Outreach Workshop series continues with events in Ballina on 19 February, and Knocknagoshel on 6 March. Our DLI Magazine Editor, Edward Hayden, is looking for your help for the next issue in May, and there are lots of shows, and, of course, the beginning of the 2022 ADCI Full-Length circuit, on the agenda.


DLI extends our deepest sympathies to our former Chairperson, and current PR Officer, Joanne Keane, on the loss of her father Larry Keane RIP in Kerry this week.

We also remember John Corcoran, Mountbellew, Co Galway, whose untimely death occurred on 4 February. John was Royalties Officer on the DLI Board for a number of years, and a member of Malthouse Players.  May he rest in peace.


Blue Raincoat Theatre Company is hosting the DLI Winter School 2022 on the 11 – 13 March at the company’s theatre, The Factory Performance Space in Sligo. There will a short introduction on the evening of the 11th and the weekend will consist of workshops in voice, movement, and improvisation. Company members Niall Henry and John Carty will host the improvisation classes, while Sandra O’ Malley and Ciarán McCauley will lead the classes in voice and movement.

We have secured a very attractive B+B and an evening meal package from a hotel which is within walking distance of The Factory Performance Space. Full details of the weekend schedule and accommodation arrangements are available on application and payment of a €25 booking fee. With nearly all available places on the weekend now booked, if you would like to join Blue Raincoat and fellow participants in Sligo, get in touch with Winter School Director Ollie Kenny immediately!
085 1742044


To book your place, contact Valerie in the DLI Office: 01 2969343 /089 2356672

A registration fee of €10 is payable on the day, and the workshop will run from 10-5.


This full day (10-4) workshop includes Characterisation, Improvisation, Stagecraft, use of props, and text work. It will be in Knocknagashel Community Centre, Co Kerry.

A registration fee of €10 is payable on the day.

Book with Valerie : 01 2969343/089 2356672


The DLI/Arts Council Playwriting Development Project continued in the Town Hall Cavan and Fishamble Dublin, with winners of the DLI Playwriting Competition 2020, Niall Hunter, Peter Trant, Diarmuid McGuinness, Frank Houlihan & Sarah McKenna Dunne working with directors Padraic McIntyre and Jim Culleton and professional actors. Freda Donoghue will work with director Thomas Conway in The Mill, Dublin, at the end of this month. Audio recordings of Fellini’s Dalmation by Niall Hunter and The Centipede by Frank Houlihan are currently available from, with more recordings to follow.

Pictured in Town Hall, Cavan

Back Row L-R: Padraic McIntyre, Niall Hunter
Front L-R: Actors Norma Sheahan, Hannah Mamalis, Gus McDonagh

In Fishamble, Dublin
Back Row
L-R Frank Houlihan, Jim Culleton

Front L-R
Fionnuala Murphy, Marion O’Dwyer


Hi Everyone
Happy New Year to you all. I hope that, with the continued easing of restrictions, you are all starting to get back into your drama lives. I am certainly looking forward to seeing many plays this Spring (on and off the 3 act circuit!)What I am also looking forward to it working on the next DLI Magazine, due for release in May. I have some great plans for drama content, interviews, features and education pieces. The last edition, from October 2021, (pictured left) seems to have been a big hit and thanks to those who sent feedback and well wishes.With the next publication in mind, I am writing to you about any material you may wish to have included in the magazine; perhaps your group is celebrating a special anniversary, wants to recognise outstanding achievements, profile a key group member or perhaps just set out your dramatic stall. Alternatively, you may wish to submit a commentary or review piece.If so, please do not hesitate to contact me on or 086 0676258.

Please include also some high quality (and good quality) photographs with the piece.
Also, can I please ask those of you on Instagram to like and follow the Drama League of Ireland Instagram page, as we continue to increase our online presence.Thanks so much
Yours in drama
Edward Hayden
DLI Magazine Editor


The Association of Drama Adjudicators, Cumann Moltóirí Dramaíochta, Ireland, is pleased to announce the recruitment of new members for our adjudication panel.

Founded in 1989, the Association of Drama Adjudicators is the professional body for drama adjudicators in Ireland.
The primary purpose of ADA is to support our members in their adjudicating work and provide a collegiate platform for regular discussion, information and continuing professional development by providing workshops to members on important aspects of theatre and adjudicating.

Entry to ADA
Established and experienced adjudicators may be accepted directly, whilst those with little or no experience of professional adjudication will be subject to a screening process which will entail

  • the submission of a detailed CV
  • a personal interview
  • group workshop/discussion
  • attendance at a designated performance and
  • the delivery of a live adjudication to the recruitment panel.

A thorough knowledge of theatre, playwrights, performance style and presentation is expected, with successful candidates usually being educated to MA level or equivalent. Extensive theatre experience is also a requirement.
Expressions of interest, including a detailed CV, should be sent to the Secretary at before March 31, 2022.
Candidates are requested to familiarise themselves with the Drama Festival Circuit ( by attending festivals to gain first-hand knowledge and insight into the work of adjudicators.
For more information, please visit our website   


Firedoor Theatre is looking for CREW for Uncut -their annual showcase of short, original plays- which will be held in the Teachers Club, Dublin 21st to 26th of March. They need a helping hand with:
– Sound
– Lights
– Stage Management
Are you a student/recent graduate of drama school? Or do you simply love amateur theatre and have some experience with the above? Drop us a line at
It will be wild! It will be fun!