Irish Student Drama Association Festival
goes virtual for 2020!
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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.
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