Debrecen University Drama Festival - May 7-9, 2020

The International Student Drama Festival in English, 1999-2008,

The Student Drama Festival in English grew out of Hungarian and Irish initiatives: in 1997 the Institute of English and American Studies at the University of Debrecen launched the first English-language Theatre Studies Specialisation in Hungary. That fall, Dr. Patrick Burke, St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, a well-known Dublin theatre director, came to the University of Debrecen to teach drama seminars and direct the Hungarian premiere of Brian Friel’s Translations. A few years later, the Institute together with the Hungarian Society for the Study of Drama in English organised the first drama festival, 7-8 May 1999 inviting English-language student productions from other Hungarian universities. The festival opened with Debrecen’s production of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Ernest and proved such a success that it has become an annual event with significant awards for best production, best actor, best actress, and best director.

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