Navan Theatre Group currently has almost 100 people on our mailing list with approximately
60 active members. Our full length production each year is staged in Solstice Arts
Centre during the last week of November. Our readings/auditions take place in St.
Mary’s Community Centre, just off Trimgate Street in Navan towards the end of August/early
September each year. We then meet on Tuesday and Thursday nights consistently from
September to November. For some people there may be additional commitments for rehearsals
during the week and at weekends. During the month of November we organise full day
rehearsals on Sundays before moving into Solstice Arts Centre to make final preparations
for our production.
We are particularly keen to foster a broad range of interests and skills and as a
community/voluntary based group, members are always willing to take on a range of
roles particularly during our busy pre-production periods. This may include set
building, set painting, assistance with costumes, prompting, locating props, marketing
and so on. While there is a lot of work and learning for everyone involved there
is also good support and enjoyable social opportunities.
Within Navan Theatre Group we are also committed to supporting other drama and musical
groups within the area – as part of our social activity we attend other local productions.
We are always pleased and grateful for the level of support we receive from other
locally based groups. We use our group text to notify people about forthcoming productions/events
in Meath and surrounding areas.
Navan Theatre Group which was founded in 1991 by the late Billy Goonan, is a community
based, amateur group, affiliated to the Drama League of Ireland. The establishment
of this group followed in the footsteps of a long tradition of vibrant theater groups
in the town from the mid 1930s. To date the group has attracted a wide diversity
of members and continues to grow from strength to strength. We have also been fortunate
in the loyal support we have received from the people of Navan and surrounding areas,
who have attended our performances and/or supported us through sponsorship or practical
assistance. We have been very grateful for this support and have been in the fortunate
position to share some of our financial successes with locally and nationally based
To date Navan Theatre Group has produced one major production each year, starting
in the Community Centre in Navan and moving to Solstice Arts Centre in November 2006.
During this period we have been very well supported and our audience numbers have
increased from year to year. Our move to Solstice Arts Centre marked a new dawn
for the group and renewed our energy and commitment to continue to develop and expand
our range of activities and productions.
Within the group we have been fortunate to have people with a range of talents and
skills and have also benefited from the support of other locally based drama and
musical groups to assist us with different aspects of our productions. The continued
growth of our activity however brings us to the stage where we will need and welcome
new members who can assist us with all aspects of theatre and drama production –
including stage management, lighting and sound, costume and styling, marketing and
promotion as well as directing and acting. Our existing members would be very happy
to work with new members to expand and develop the range of talents and skills available
to the group.
Navan has an impressive history of amateur drama and theatre from the 1930s to the
present day. Through a period of eight decades it is indeed interesting to track
the pattern of development and growth of drama in the town. A significant influence
on the development of a theatre culture in the forties and fifties was the visiting
drama groups who toured the country and who were often associated with festivals
such An Tostal.Read More....
HOW THE GROUP WAS FORMED
Following a small notice in the Meath Chronicle, a meeting was called by Billy Goonan
on 13thJune 1991, which resulted in the foundation of Navan Theatre Group. Thirty
six people attended this first meeting and all were very enthusiastic about having
a new drama group in Navan. The name was chosen by those at the meeting and one of
the group, Seamus Culligan, offered to design the logo. Read More…
MEATH BUSINESS & TOURISM AWARDS 2010
We were delighted within Navan Theatre Group to be nominated as a finalist in the
Meath Business & Tourism Awards 2010. For photos from the event click here.
Celebrating 20 years of Navan Theatre Group: 1991 – 2011
We are delighted to have reached our 20th anniversary milestone and wish to acknowledge
and thank all of those who have been involved in many different roles over the years.
In particular we wish to commend the founders of the group, many of whom are still
actively involved in our annual productions. We look forward with anticipation to
continuing to go from strength to strength.
Click here for details on how to purchase copies of Navan Theatre Group’s 20th anniversary
Click here for photos from our 20th anniversary celebrations