About

The ADA

Quality … Knowledge … Experience

Founded in 1989, the Association of Drama Adjudicators is the professional body for drama adjudicators in Ireland.

The primary purpose of ADA is to support our members in their adjudicating work and provide a collegiate platform for regular discussion, information and continuing professional development by providing workshops to members on important aspects of theatre and adjudicating.

  • Aiding and supporting its member adjudicators so that they meet the high standards expected in delivering top quality adjudication services for drama festivals.
  • Providing centralised information and contact details for festival directors and their committees.
  • Acting as a conduit for consultation between adjudicators and festival organisations such as DLI, ADCI and AUDF.
  • Supporting the amateur drama movement by providing a centralised catalogue of workshops and seminars deliverable by its members.

Committed to supporting the amateur drama movement throughout Ireland

Our Patron

Marina Carr

Marina Carr, a perennially favourite playwright on the festival circuit in Ireland, is the Patron of the Association of Drama Adjudicators.

Marina's Plays

  • Ullaloo 1989
  • Low In The Dark 1991
  • The Mai 1994
  • Portia Coughlan 1996
  • By The Bog Of Cats 1998
  • On Raferty's Hill 1999
  • Ariel 2000
  • Meat and Salt 2003
  • Woman And Scarecrow 2004
  • The Cordelia Dream 2006
  • Marble 2007
  • The Giant Blue Hand 2007
  • 16 Possible Glimpses 2009
  • Hecuba 2015
  • Anna Karenina (adaptation) 2015
  • Blood Wedding (new version) 2019
  • To The Lighthouse (From Virginia Woolf) 2021
  • The Boy 2021
  • iGirl 2021
  • Girl On An Altar 2022

About Marina

Marina Carr’s plays to date are ULLALOO, 1989; LOW IN THE DARK, 1991; THE MAI, 1994; PORTIA COUGHLAN, 1996; BY THE BOG OF CATS, 1998; ON RAFTERY’S HILL, 1999; ARIEL, 2000; WOMAN AND SCARECROW, 2004; THE CORDELIA DREAM, 2006; MARBLE, 2007; 16 POSSIBLE GLIMPSES, 2009; HECUBA, 2015, THE BOY at the Abbey Theatre 2021, iGIRL at the Abbey Theatre 2021, GIRL ON AN ALTAR at The Kiln Theatre 2022; Adaptations are ANNA KARENINA (adapted from Tolstoy’s novel), 2016, BLOOD WEDDING (a new version of Lorca’s play), 2019, and Virginia Woolf’s TO THE LIGHTHOUSE. 2021.

Plays for children are MEAT AND SALT, 2003 and THE GIANT BLUE HAND, 2007. Future projects include a remount of Kiln Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of GIRL ON AN ALTAR at the Abbey Theatre.

Her work has been produced by The Abbey Theatre, The Gate, Druid, Landmark, The Royal Court, Wyndhams Theatre, The RSC, The Tricycle, The MacCarter Theatre, San Diego Rep, Milwaukee rep.

She is translated into many languages and produced around the world.

She also wrote a new, contemporary translation of RIGOLETTO for Opera Theatre Company, which toured Ireland in 2015, and wrote an original oratorio MARY GORDON as part of a commission for Wicklow County Council that brought together choirs from throughout County Wicklow with solo singers and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in November 2016.

Prizes include WINDHAM-CAMPBELL PRIZE 2017 for her body of work, THE SUSAN SMITH BLACKBURN PRIZE, THE AMERICAN/IRELAND FUND AWARD, THE E.M FORSTER AWARD from the AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ARTS AND LETTERS, THE MACAULAY FELLOWSHIP, THE PUTERBAUGH FELLOWSHIP. She is a member of AOSDANA.

She has taught at TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN, at VILLANOVA, at PRINCETON. Currently, she lectures in the English department at DUBLIN CITY UNIVERSITY.

She is published by THE GALLERY PRESS, NICK HERN BOOKS and FABER & FABER.

Contact ADA

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