14 and counting !! Another year, another festival and what a festival we have again for you this year. Another 10 outstanding plays never before seen in the festival. A mixture of Irish, English and American writers we cover the drama genre spectrum from strong drama to hilarious comedy and everything in between. It promises to be a great festival with some of the finest groups in the country visiting us over the 10 nights

Welcome to our Adjudicator David Scott on his first visit to Rush Festival. We hope he enjoys the experience and his time in our Town

Let the Games begin !

We hope all our patrons enjoy a wonderful 10 nights at the 14th Rush Drama Festival.

Just click on the name of any play in the schedule opposite to see a synopsis.

Adjudicator: David Scott


Please Welcome our adjudicator for 2017 Rush Drama Festival, David Scott

David is an Australian born actor, writer, director and acting teacher. He has worked extensively as a professional actor in both Australia and Ireland on television, stage and film, appearing in such programs as “All Saints”, “Water Rats” and “Home and Away” in Australia, and “The Clinic”, “Fair City”, “Damage”, “The Tudors” (series 2 and 4), “Game of Thrones” and “The Vikings” since arriving in Ireland in 2004.

David is Director of the Actor’s Wednesday Workshop and the Actor’s Friday Studio, highly regarded part-time programmes for developing and advanced actors and is Director of The Applied Art of Acting, an intensive, single-technique 3 month full time program for actors of exceptional ability. David has taught extensively for The Gaiety School of Acting, The Irish Film Academy and for many theatre companies, drama groups, schools and organisations in Ireland, Australia and abroad. David has also written three textbooks on acting technique, “The Beautiful Stage”, “The Art of Acting” and “The Possible Someone”, all available at lulu.com.

David is also Artistic Director of Company D Theatre, a Dublin based theatre company focused on promoting new work, new actors and theatre artists. Company D has produced many critically acclaimed shows since its foundation in 2006, eleven of which David has written, and is one of the most highly regarded independent theatre outfits in Ireland.

David has taught actors advanced techniques since his early twenties, constantly developing his own cutting-edge approaches and exchanging with great teachers, directors and theatre and film artists. This constantly evolving work is highly valued by actors and practitioners of theatre and film around the world.




Programme of Events

Thu Feb 23rd 8.00pm
Curtain Call Productions
by Patrick Marber
Fri Feb 24th 8.00pmBallycogley Drama Group
Lay Me Down Softly
by Billy Roche
Sat Feb 25th
NOTE 7.30pm
Letterkenny Music and Drama Group
A Long Days's Journey Into Night
by Eugene O'Neill
Sun Feb 26th 8.00pmLifford Players
Abagail's Party
by Mike Leigh
Mon Feb 27th 8.00pmBradán Players
by David Harrower
Tue Feb 28th 8.00pmHolycross Ballycahill Drama Group
Little Gem
by Elaine Murphy
Wed Mar 1st 8.00pmNenagh Players
by Marina Carr
Thu Mar 2nd 8.00pmSillan Players
The Trappe Family
by Seamus O'Rourke
Fri Mar 3rd 8.00pmBridge Drama
An Inspector Calls
by JB Priestley
Sat Mar 4th 8.00pm
Prosperous Drama Group
The Play About The Baby
by Edward Albee

Previous Festivals

Festival 2013 Festival 2012 Festival 2011 Festival 2010 Festival 2009 Festival 2008 Festival 2007 Festival 2006 Festival 2005

Under the auspices of the Amateur Drama Council of Ireland, the Rush Drama Festival was founded in 2004 and is now an important part of the Millbank Theatre calendar.