Drama Adjudicators Ireland

Aodh McCay

Aodh McCay

10, Ingleside Drive, Strabane, Co. Tyrone, BT82 8QU,

Mobile: 0044 7884233240, Phone: 028 (048) 71383111


Aodh is a member of the executive committee of the Association of Drama Adjudicators (ADA) and is presently its PRO. He has been involved in amateur drama throughout his adult life and has directed and acted in many productions of drama and comedy on the festival circuit over this time. He has received awards for Best Director, Best Actor and Best Stage Lighting in drama festivals throughout Ireland including performances in All Ireland Open and Confined Finals.

Aodh has performed in a range of comedy and drama productions as Director, Stage Lighting Designer and Actor including: ‘All Soul’s Night’, ‘Over the Bridge’, ‘Translations’, ‘A Crucial Week in the Life of a Grocer’s Assistant’, ‘The Passing Day’, ‘Wood of the Whispering’, ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’, ‘I Do Not Like Thee, Dr Fell’, ‘Canaries’, ‘The Last of the Last of the Mohicans’, ‘Run for Your Wife’ (2 productions), ‘Stella By Starlight’, ‘Bookworms’, ‘Wife Begins at Forty’, ‘Twelve Angry Men’, ‘Why Not Stay for Breakfast?’, ‘Calendar Girls’. He is equally at home in musical theatre with productions including the opera, ‘Carmen’, musicals including: ‘Oliver’, ‘Annie’, ‘West Side Story’, ‘Back to the Eighties’, ‘Oklahoma’, ‘All Shook Up’, ‘Calamity Jane’, ‘Mamma Mia’, The Sound of Music’, and four different productions of “Grease – the Musical”. He is also the author and director of twenty-two highly successful community pantomimes.
With his long experience in drama in education, Aodh is an invited director with schools and young people, and he has directed short plays and musical productions with this age group including winning through to the British Finals of youth dance/drama competition, ‘Global Rock Challenge’.

Aodh recently completed a commission from the BBC to write the screenplays and scripts for several animations of English Literature drama and prose texts for the benefit of exam students. These animations now appear on the BBC educational website, ‘Bitesize’. Aodh has several graduate and post-graduate qualifications in Drama, English and Media Studies including M.A., B. Phil. (Hons); Dip. Adv. Studies in Ed., Cert. Ed., with over thirty years’ experience teaching Drama, and is presently, Chief Examiner of GCSE English Literature for Northern Ireland.

Previous drama festival adjudications include:

  • Ulster Drama Finals 2022
  • All Ireland Confined Finals 2022 (Standby adjudicator)
  • Kerry Drama Festival 2022
  • Northern Ireland One Act Drama Finals 2018
  • Gorey One Act Drama Festival 2021
  • North Cork Drama Festival 2020
  • Western One Act Drama Festival 2019
  • Gorey Drama Festival 2019
  • Larne Drama Festival 2018
  • City of Derry Drama Festival 2017
  • Strabane Drama Festival 2016
  • Carrigallen One Act Drama Festival 2017
  • Newtownabbey One Act Drama Festival 2015
  • Ballymahon One Act Drama Festival 2014
  • Castlereagh One Act Drama Festival 2012

Future engagements:

  • West Cork One Act Drama Festival, November, 2022
  • Northern Ireland One Act Drama Finals, January, 2023
  • North Cork Drama Festival March, 2023

Contact ADA


+353 (0)86 244 7599