Promising almost 300 performances, the Dublin Theatre Festival was officially launched at a lunchtime reception at the Mansion House by the Minister of State for Arts Ted Nealon.

Programme director Michael Scott is proud of a broad programme of events suitable for all audiences. The appearance of the Peking Opera is expected to be a highlight the company will be giving five performances at the Gaiety Theatre. Grips Theatre from Berlin bring their production ‘Line One’ a rock musical to the Olympia Theatre.

The festival looked unlikely when the Arts Council withdrew funding, however, private companies stepped in to ensure the festival went ahead. This is no surprise to Dublin Theatre Festival Director Lewis Clohessy who says that since the very first event in 1957, the festival has been insecure. As such, every year the festival starts from scratch and cannot build on the previous successes. Putting the event in a position of,

Not knowing where we are going...we really have to scrabble together a programme together every year.

Lewis Clohessy would like to see the Festival but for this to happen, certainty of funding is required.

An RTÉ News report broadcast broadcast on 29 September 1986. The reporter is Michael Ronayne.