During the 1969 Dublin Theatre Festival Breandán Ó hEithir looks at the Irish-language theatre scene in this 'Féach' report.
The Abbey and Damer Theatres had recently announced that they would co-operate to produce and promote plays in Irish through a new initiative, An Club Drámaíochta.
This report takes a look inside Dublin's small but atmospheric Damer Theatre, at the Damer Hall in St Stephen's Green. The mainly amateur Irish-language theatre had been open since 1955 and had premiered major plays including 'An Giall' by Brendan Behan (1958) and 'An Triail' by Mairéad Ní Ghráda (1964). Ó hEithir interviews Seán Ó Briain, theatre director and chairman of An Comhairle Náisiúnta Drámaíochta, about his work at the theatre.
Tá a lán saoirse ag Ó Briain sa Damer. Cé go bhfuil an amharclann fuar agus na soilse go dona, "tá croí éigin san áit". An fadhb is mó atá acu ná daoine a mhealladh isteach.
Dúnadh an Damer i 1981.
The report for Féach was broadcast on 6 October 1969.