We were overwhelmed with the response to our recent touring performances of ‘The Great Dictator’ in both Letterkenny and Omagh.

There was an outpouring of support and plaudits from the audiences who attended special daytime performances at An Grianán Theatre and the Strule Arts Centre.

Our performance at An Grianán Theatre on 14th February was supported by a large contingent of Community Inclusion (CI) groups based in Letterkenny and the National Learning Network. Staff and pupils from St Bernadette’s Special School were also among the audience members which included Sandra Devenney, General Manager of McElhinneys Dept. store and two staff members who were all so supportive of Stage Beyond.

After an overnight snow storm forced us to postpone our scheduled date at the Strule Arts Centre in mid-January, it was well worth the wait for another acclaimed performance of ‘The Great Dictator’ on 28th February. Again, we were supported in big numbers by local day centre groups as well as South West College, Omagh Academy and Arvalee School staff and students. Invited guests including Fermanagh and Omagh District Council chairperson, Cllr. Barry McElduff and the MP for West Tyrone Órfhlaith Begley, were all impressed by the high quality of the production and powerful disability inclusion message conveyed.

Dee Conaghan, Artistic Director of Stage Beyond, paid tribute to the company members and staff for their dedication and professional work ethic during the tour. She also thanked Patricia McBride, Director – An Grianán Theatre and her team as well as the duty manager Sonya McCullagh and staff at Strule Arts Centre for all their support and assistance.

We certainly haven’t seen the last of ‘The Great Dictator’ yet so keep an eye on our social media also for updates on future upcoming performances.