RTÉ All Ireland Drama Festival
One of Europe’s largest amateur theatre festivals. A hotly contested battle between drama groups from all over Ireland with some terrific productions.
The 2022 RTÉ All Ireland Drama Festival will take place at the Dean Crowe Theatre, Athlone
from Thursday 5th May to Friday 13th
May, with the Presentation of Awards on Saturday 14th
May. All performances are open to the public and are very well attended, so book your tickets in advance!
Many professional actors and playwrights cut their teeth in Athlone, including John B. Keane who’s play Sive had its debut at the festival.
If you enjoy theatre this is a great festival to visit – not only will you see some terrific productions but it is a very friendly event and its easy to get to meet and know Irish people with similar interests to yours. With hundreds of actors, their supporters and regular theatre lovers in town for the duration of the event, Athlone is a lively spot and there are many fringe events going on, including street theatre, art exhibitions, workshops and events for young people.