Armagh Theatre Group was founded in 1966 with the specific aim of producing good theatre for the citizens of Armagh and thus enriching the life of the community. Over the last 50 years it has presented an incredible variety of drama and particularly prides itself in its appeal to all sides of the community in its activities.
The Group's first production was Our Town by Thornton Wilder, directed by Seamus Mallon and this was followed by The Crucible by Arthur Miller. A wide variety of plays followed of which many were highly acclaimed. The Group has competed in Drama Festivals all over Ireland with great success. Adam's Children written and produced by Seamus Mallon won the Premier Award at the All Ireland One Act Festival in Naas in 1970 while The Shadow Box (1982) and The Factory Girls (1989) both reached the Ulster Amateur drama Finals. More recent productions include The Risen People (2000) – the inaugural production of the new Market Place Thaetre in Armagh, The Silver Tassie (2001) Dolly West's Kitchen (2004) and I Do Not Like Thee Dr Fell (2005). See our Past Productions for the latest plays or look us up on Facebook and Twitter.
The group is based in Abbey Lane, Armagh where it has its own small theatre and rehearsal room. The theatre, seating 55 and called Abbey Lane Theatre , was built in 1991 and has recently been enlarged by the construction of a dressing room and props store. It is situated off Linenhall Street (between Scotch Street and Dobbin Street), right in the heart of Armagh City.
Armagh Theatre Group was delighted to announce that a grant had been awarded to the group for £7,731 by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland , to be used for an entirely new lighting system in Abbey lane Theatre. This was a major award and a strong recognition of the quality of the drama provided over many years.
New members are always welcome whatever their interest or level of expertise. Anyone interested in working in theatre design: set design, lighting and sound, or costume design are encouraged to contact us. We would welcome new ideas and talent in these areas.