60th Drama Festival, 5th March -14th March All enquiries :045 530672

Venue: CWMS Hall, Kildare Town, Co. Kildare

Please note that the Launch of the Festival will take place on the 5th March with Some Girls . Due to the adverse weather conditions all performances until Monday have been cancelled. please check facebook for updates.

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 at 8pm each night.

Tickets from 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 (9 shows)

You can view a video slideshow of the Festival over the last 60 years here.

Programme of Events
Full details on each play here


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:  http://tinyurl.com/PureDrama-Joe-Connolly

Getting here

The CWMS Hall is located in St. Brigid’s Square in Kildare Town. There is parking available here and in the Centre of town just a 3 minute walk away. If you are not coming by car, you can also reach the Town by public transport – check out the following websites for bus & train timest:

www.dublincoach.ie  – Dublin Coach       www.buseireann.ie  – Bus Eireann       www.irishrail.ie  – Irish Rail 7 minute walk from the Train Station to the Kildare Town