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Drama League of Ireland New Website

Coming Soon:

  • On line payments,
  • Searchable Library Catalogue,
  • Up To Date Information
  • And more...


DLI Summer School 2018


DLI Summer School Line-Up 2018

  1. Course A:  Do Re Mi. . . . Chrissie Poulter will host the beginners/improvers. ‘Using scripts, stories, objects, songs to help us tell a tale, we’ll play with playing and plays.  See you there!’
  2. Course B:  Oh Brave New World . . . . Thomas Conway will tackle directing new/little-known plays which are ‘exuberant, outlandish, ribald, dangerous, scandalous, breathtaking and fully engaged in our world’. All levels.
  3. Course C:  Strengthening the Voice & Owning the Text . . .  Cathal Quinn will hone vocal technique in the mornings and in the afternoons introduce text and look at poetry/plays of Joyce and Beckett.  Actors at all levels.
  4. Course D:  The Directing Dynamic  . . . Vincent O’Neill aims to share his ‘secrets, skill-sets and techniques for creating impactful and dynamic productions’ with experienced directors & actors.
  5. Course E:  Physical Theatre in Professional Performance . . .  Bryan Burroughs – physical actor, director, teacher, writer – will give actors ‘a firm footing in how to use their bodies in the fullest expression of themselves and their art’.  (Recently seen in Ulysses and Angela’s Ashes - The Musical).
  6. Course F: Work Hard.  Play Harder! . . .  Geoff O’Keeffe will take on all-comers in a wide-ranging course including ensemble movement/choral work etc.  ‘Be braver, at times bigger, always bolder.’
  7. Course G:  Streetcar and Salesman – American 20th Century Theatre . . .  Peter McAllister is currently Head of Acting at London Central. He trained many of our current professional actors during his time at Samuel Beckett Centre at TCD. This should be a very exciting course for experienced actors.


One Act Festival Circuit 2017

One Act


Congratulations to actors Liam Howard & Sean Ahern, and director Danny Buckley from Palace Players.  Adjudicator Padraic McIntyre awarded first place to their production of The Quiet Land by Malachy McKenna. Ballyshannon DS came second with Five Kinds of Silence by Shelagh Stephenson, while third place went to Kilmeen DG with A Day in the Life of a Pencil by Raymond Scannell.


Congratulations to actors Sally Stevens and Maggie Murphy, and director Ned Dempsey on their winning production of Something Unspoken by Tennessee Williams. Take 5 DG, Cork were runners-up with Tom by Noelle Clarke, and third place went to New Ross DW with The Tinker’s Wedding by JM Synge. 


Recent additions to DLI Library

August:Osage County by Tracy Letts
The Ferryman by Jex Butterworth
Girl from the North Country by Conor McPherson


SIVE By John B Keane

John B KeaneThe amateur rights for SIVE are withdrawn from November 2017 – 1 October 2018.  All other John B Keane titles are available for performance.



Sam Cree

Sam CreeDLI is pleased to announce that we now hold the amateur rights to the plays of Sam Cree in the UK & Ireland. From Lisburn, Co Antrim, Sam Cree (1928- 1980) remains one of Northern Ireland’s most popular and much - performed comedy playwrights.  The scripts are now available from the DLI Library - Don’t Tell The Wife, Cupid Wore Skirts & Widows’ Paradise are just some of the full length comedy standards on offer.

Contact Valerie in the DLI Office for further details 01 2969343 dli@eircom.net


DLI Membership 2017

Group and Individual membership of The Drama League of Ireland is now due for renewal.  To renew your annual subscription with us, please send the following with your payment for two main contacts from your group:


Postal Address:

Email Address:

Phone Number:

Group Membership for 2017 is €120, while Individual Membership is €35.  We always welcome new members – contact Valerie in the office for details of the competitive insurance scheme available to DLI members, and for information on the other benefits of joining us. 

01 2969343




DLI Office Opening Hours

As of 29th February 2016, the DLI office in Dundrum is open as follows:

MONDAY 10.00 – 3.00
TUESDAY 10.00 – 3.00
WEDNESDAY 10.00 – 3.00
THURSDAY 10.00 – 3.00

Phone: 01 2969343

Michael Joe Ginnelly

The DLI now acts as agent for Michael Joe Ginnelly.  From Co Mayo, Michael Joe is the author of the ever-popular and hilarious Wake In The West, Pretend Sick and A Marriage of Connivance. His latest play, Betwixt and Between, is now also available for performance! The scripts can be borrowed from the DLI Library. 


Group Insurance

The annual premium for the scheme operated by JPC Insurances for DLI members is €390.00 for the Insurance Year 1st April 2017 - 31st March 2018.

Download DLI Scheme Details Sheet...


Amateur Licensing and Royalties

Before making a decision on choosing any play for amateur performance, please take a look at the factsheet which our DLI Royalties Officer, John Corcoran, has put together.  It covers all aspects of the important areas of amateur licensing. 

Download FAQ Rights & Licensing (.doc)...


Resource Service
Advice on selecting plays, scripts and performing rights,
Information on finding props and costumes and set pieces
Start up advice on forming a Drama group

Full details can be viewed on our member services page.



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