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Irish Student Drama Association Festival

goes virtual for 2020!

Aisling Aisling  &   Lamplight


Written and Directed by

Josh McCarthy



 Morgan Comerford

Tom Mullane

Sasha Furlong

Daniel O Sullivan

Produced by UCC Dramatic Society


UCC Dramat


Following the funeral of their abusive father, four brothers reunite to simultaneously mourn and celebrate his death.

Aisling Aisling

MU Drama Society

As the aspiring actress Aisling prepares for her role on a new RTE Junior daytime show, she discovers that monsters don’t always hide under your bed, but often lurk in the places you least expect them to.

Aisling Aisling is a story of entertainment industry horror told in both Irish and English.

Written and Directed by Helen de Búrca


Aisling – Ciara Farell
Ed – Jonathan Cunniffe
Fiachra – Seán Heslin
Basil – Cian Ó Náraigh
Meg – Alexandra McKenna
Cathy – Sophie Byrne Carter
Riley – Muireann Corkery

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Produced by MU Drama Society

Stage Managers: Andrew Lonergan,

                         Matthew Benkowski
Tech, Light and Sound: Jonathan Cunniffe
Music Score: Helen De Búrca
Productions Officer: Emma Grogan
Light and Sound Operator: Mikaela Sminia
Stagehands:  Caoilfhinn Reddy, Fiona King
                   Niall Finnegan, Jule Loescher

Ghost Light     &     Zugzwang

Ghost Light

QU Players

Three artists, faced with the loss of everything they love, find solace in the one place they call home.


Written and Directed by Patrick Fogarty

Dramaturg: Oisín Porter

Stage manager: Vincent McBrien
Sound Design / Operation: Martina Tierney
Lighting Design / Operation: Dylan Maguire
Set Construction: Patrick Fogarty,

                       Conor Mcgowan,

                       Vincent McBrien 


     'A' Conor Gormley     
     'Z' Matthew Forrest  
     'Man' Matthew Finn

Produced by Dramsoc NUI Galway
Written by:

Emily Moore

Claudia Mills 

Ronan McManus

Produced by
Queens University Players

Dessie Havlin

Kealan McAllister 

Ruairi Lawther 

Production Manager:

Eimear Devlin


NUI Galway Dramsoc


Eastern Columbia...Broadway at Night!

The Irish Student Drama Association, or ISDA, is the umbrella organisation of Ireland’s most prolific third-level drama societies. The highlight of the ISDA year is the association’s annual ISDA Festival, and the accompanying Awards ceremony, hosted on rotation by some of the larger member Drama Societies. The 2020 ISDA Festival was due to be hosted by the NUI Galway Drama Society in April of this year, inviting the top student productions from around the island of Ireland to compete for the audience's attention and the adjudicators' favour in heart of the European Capital City of Culture for 2020.

Unfortunately due to the ongoing global pandemic, venues around the world had to go dark for the foreseeable future to help prevent the further spread of the virus. ISDA 2020, like every other public gathering, was postponed for the safety of everyone on the stage and in the stalls.

So, how does one go about hosting an intervarsity of a collaborative and performative nature in front of an audience in a socially distanced world?

Well, you put it online of course!

As part of NUI Galway's Virtual Summer Festival, ISDA 2020 is being hosted online, giving you the opportunity to see Irelands top student productions as they compete for the coveted Irish Student Drama Awards. Six of the leading Student Drama Societies have collectively been mustering their resources and efforts to bring you a showcase of their hard work and talent in the form of twelve productions which you can watch from the comfort of your own home! These filmed performances are being paired up will be screened here twice each over the course of the festival before the Awards ceremony is streamed live on Saturday the 29th August at 9.30pm

Tickets for all shows are €4 and will be available here.

Details on how to the Awards Ceremony stream to be announced here.

The Interview     &     Disciples

Written and Directed by Jessica Maher

Cast: Jack McEvoy, Saoirse Carey, Lisa Campbell, Jessica Maher

Crew: Brian Tobin, Isobel Hamilton, Seán Meates, Emma Moloney, Ciara Hanley, Liam Schmidt, Ultan Stanley, Jodie Doyle

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Produced by UCD Damsoc

The Interview

DU Players


The Cotswolds, England. A pivotal moment in the life of Conservative politician.

Harry Bright has done something embarrassing and detrimental to his career, and has gone about organising an interview, explaining his side of the story with the BBC


NUI Galway Dramsoc


A love story about cults, black holes and staying together - even when you're apart

Photograph: Jess Harkin


Written and Directed by Emily White

Production Manager:  Oisín Feely



 Charlie Farrell

Lily Walsh

Rachel Gaughan

Madi Carpenter

Noel Minogue





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Produced by Dramsoc NUI Galway
Aisling Aisling & Lamplight
Ghost Light & Zugzwang
Lodger & Diciples
Liath & The Interview

A Midsummer Night's Dream

  &   Concrete Island


Puck: Conor McLaughlin 
Hermia: Madi Carpenter
Lysander: Sorcha de Faoite
Helena: Lorna O'Connor
Demetrius: Brian O'Hanrahan
Oberon: Danny O'Grady
Titania: Julie Quinn
Nick Bottom: Mark O'Connor
Quince/Cobweb: Sinéad Ryan
Theseus/Fairy: Matthew Forrest
Egeus/Flute: Oisin Parslow 
Starveiling/Mustadseed: Muireann Doheny 
Snout/Peaseblossom: Alisha Finnerty
Snug/Moth: Corragh-May White
Hippolyta: Aoife Lanno

Produced by Dramsoc NUI Galway

Director: Ariyan Bhatti
Stage Manager:

       Ailish McDonagh,

       Aisling Hanrahan
Lighting Design/Technician: Matthew Brown
Lighting Assistant: Ciara McEvoy
Sound Design: Ariyan Bhatti
Sound Operator: Chloe Heles
Set Design: Ariyan Bhatti
Set Construction:

      Aoife Lannon,

      Rory Delaney, 

      Akshay Prakash,

      Agustin Villarreal
Costumes: May O'Connell
Costumes Asssistants:

      Justine Pepin,

      Alison Dixon
Makeup: Jessie Larkin
Makeup Assistants:

      Hannah Poppy Boal,

      Rory Delaney
SFX Makeup: William Richards

Concrete Island

UCD Dramsoc

Clara travels to an island in search of her friend.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

NUI Galway Dramsoc

 Lord, what fools these mortals be!

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Hannah: Hayley Dawson
Clara: Úna Nolan
Lauren: Carla Caffrey
Pam: Ciara Hanley
Simon: Alan Markey
Danny: Harry Doherty
Frank: Ultan Stanley

Produced by UCD Damsoc

Producer: Coline Segers & Liam Scmidt
Writer/Director: Harry Doherty 
Ast. Director/Editor/ D.O.P: Daniel Culleton 
Sound design: A.E. Quinn

Props, Costume and Makeup: Lisa Campbell
Light design: Liam Schmidt

AMND & Concrete Island

POP TART  &   Immaculate


DU Players


Follow a ‘first year in Trinity fucking College’, as she experiences a messy night out in Dublin and struggles to emotionally digest the end of her long term relationship.

It’s about growing up, womanhood, nudity, love, fashion, the tension between appearance and substance and sex.



Kate Lynch
Adele Crilly
Georgia-Clarkson Kelly

Produced by UCD Damsoc
Devised by the company
Director: Niamh Scully
Assistant Director: Jodie Doyle
Written by: Adele Crilly,
                 Jodie Doyle,
                Georgia- Clarkson Kelly
Visual Design: Izzy Hamilton 
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Written and Performed by Medb Hurley

Cinematography by Phillip Du Moulin


Produced by Dublin University Players


UCD Dramsoc

Three eras of Irish women.

Inspired by womanhood, motherhood and pregnancy in an evolving Catholic Ireland.

POP TART & Immaculate
ISDA Awards
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