Venue: CWMS Hall, Kildare Town, Co. Kildare

When: Wednesday, 28th February – Friday, 9th March 2018

The Kildare Drama festival is back again this year. Contact the organisers on 00 353 45 530 672 or message us on Facebook, @KildareDramaFestival.

All shows take places in the CMWS Hall, Bridgets Square, Kildare Town and begin at 8pm each night.

Tickets are available through the Kildare Heritage Centre 9:30am – 4:30pm or reserve on 045 530 672.
Individual Ticket Prices: €12.00 / €7.00 (Students/OAPs) ~~~ Season Ticket: €50.00 (covers 9 shows)

Programme of Events


The Drama Festival

Over the years, many from TV and Film started on the stage of this festival:
Tom Hickey, Gabriel Byrne, Deirdre Purcell, Myles Dungan, Pat Moylan, Simon Delaney.

To celebrate it’s 50th year, in 2008 Pure Drama by Joe Connolly (Vice-President of Kildare Drama Festival Committee) was published. Joe has been working on the festival since 1958 and so is the perfect author for such a publication. It covers in detail the full first 50 years of the Kildare Drama Festival. How the All-Ireland Drama Festivals were set up with over 600 photographs, Memories, written by people connected to the festival.  This 275 page history covers Drama in Kildare town dating back to the 1880’s. The Foreword was written by Moya Doherty, producer of “Riverdance”. Moya had played ‘Rosie Redmond’ in Kildare Festival in 1980. You can buy this book in the Kildare Heritage Centre or as an eBook on Amazon. Link:

Getting here

As part of the Drama Festival we would encourage people, wherever possible, to leave the car at home and use our excellent Public Transport  system of buses & trains. Both stops are a short walk to the dramatics. This will help to avoid traffic jams and make for a more pleasant visit to the festival for all.

Check out the following websites for bus times to and from the event:  – Dublin Coach  – Bus Eireann  – Irish Rail 7 minute walk from the Train Station to the Kildare Town