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                        History and future aims of Armagh Theatre Group

Armagh Theatre group was formed in 1966 essentially to perform amateur drama in Armagh. It owned no property, rehearsed wherever could be found and performed again in wherever a performing space could be sourced.

In the late 1980’s a site was purchased off Abbey Lane, Armagh and a rehearsal Room/store was constructed with the assistance of a small grant and through fund raising by the Group. A single storey extension was added in 2011 which was financed totally by fund raising by the Group. The Theatre Group “premises” have morphed over the years into a small 50 seat theatre.

Armagh Theatre Group is a Limited Company and a Registered Charity (NIC102426)

The purpose for which the charity is established is to advance the education of the general public by the production of national and international plays through theatre and support of all artistic elements.

The direct benefits which flow from this purpose are:

  • Enhancement and wellbeing and appreciation of the Arts
  • The enjoyment and better understanding of the Arts
  • Expanding the educational and learning experience through the medium of live theatrical performance

These benefits are evidenced through:

  • Regular feedback from audiences
  • Photo/video documentation

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.

It is recognised throughout the world that 'the Arts' , is in all its forms, great therapy for the human race. Audiences and participants alike benefit in the experience. It enhances wellbeing, confidence and sense of purpose to life, and those of us lucky enough to indulge and partake help to spread those feelings. But it's when 'life' becomes so stressful and those avenues are blocked for whatever reason then other forms of help are needed. Here are some of those local organisations who can do just that.

LIFELINE 08088088000 if you or someone you know is in distress or despair call free* local 24hrs/7days/52weeks. Calls to Lifeline are answered by local ,qualified counsellors, providing immediate assistance and support. Action Mental Health 028 3839 2314 or Samaritans 08457 90 90 90 They can help with trauma, self-harm, depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. When the 'laugh' is out of life and you need someone to talk to, ring.