Here are some of the great actors at this year’s festival…


Arts Over Borders would love to receive your feedback on its 2018 three weeks of the Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival and the Lughnasa FrielFest; your positive views – to help encourage our funders to remain with us and join anew – and your critical views to help us plan and improve things for the August 2019 Festivals.

Please send your thoughts – while still white hot – to the Festival Co-Curator Seán Doran on

Welcome to Arts over Borders (Ireland’s presenting body for cross-border arts festivals) & welcome to its 3rd Lughnasa FrielFest and 6th Happy Days: Enniskillen International Beckett Festival.

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We thank all our artists – local, national and international – our small but resourceful compliment of staff, our ever supportive and enabling Board of Trustees and all our courageous partners and funders, most particularly our Principal Partner the T S Eliot Foundation without whose culturally freeing and enlightened support these Irish borderland bio-festivals would simply not be around today for you all to enjoy.

‘Never neglect the little things of life’ (Waiting for Godot)

If you would like to support us for our 2018 Festivals with a donation we would be very grateful, no matter how small your donation – click here

Each year, in helping to make the festivals happen, we carry the spirit of a Beckett cliché ‘We can’t go on. We’ll go on’
Help us go on!

Thank you.

Seán Doran & Liam Browne
Festival Curators – DoranBrowne


Cancellation: Episode 7 of the Lughnasa FrielFest Homer Odyssey readings with actress Natashca McElhone on Carrickfinn beach on Friday August 17 will now not take place.  Ms McElhone has regrettably had to cancel as she has been called away due to other contractual obligations in the United States.  Ms McElhone is disappointed not to be able to join the Lughnasa FrielFest for her reading.
All tickets will be refunded.

Please note Episode 5 of Homer’s Odyssey begins Wednesday August 15th on Ballycastle Beach Co. Derry and Episode 6 on Thursday August 16th on Narin Beach Co. Donegal.  Both episodes will be read by the actress Jaye Griffiths.


Extra Performance: Brian Friel’s The Yalta Game is back for one final performed reading starring husband and wife Stanley Townsend and Orla Charlton.


Due to popular demand, Brian Friel’s The Yalta Game is back for one performance only on the last day of the festival, Sunday August 19th 2.30pm at St. Eugene’s Hall Moville Co. Donegal. The Festival had to  cancel the final Yalta Game performed reading last Sunday at 2.30pm but due to the sudden demand for the wonderful performed reading by husband and wife actors Stanley Townsend and Orla Charlton, Stanley and Orla have kindly offered disappointed audiences an extra chance to catch this special rendition of Brian Friel’s short one act play.

As the duration is 45 mins, audiences will now also have the serendipitous chance to also see its sister play, Afterplay, at the Warehouse Cafe in Derry starting at 4pm.   This will be a rare site-specific Friel Chekovian double bill to experience on with the last day of the 2018 Lughnasa FrielFest.
For tickets click here: The Yalta Game, Sun 19th August


Event Advice: Walking for ‘Waiting for Godot’ by Samuel Beckett.
A rehearsed reading around Tree for Waiting for Godot by Sir Antony Gormley.


August 4, 5, 18 & 19 2018, 8am – 1.30pm
  • 8am meeting point at Enniskillen Castle Museums for bus departure to walking location on the Fermanagh (NI) / Cavan (ROI) Irish border in the UNESCO Global Geopark.
    Walk duration 1 hr.
  • Performance begins 10am (duration 2 hours)
  • Overall duration 5.5 hours. Arrival back at Enniskillen Castle est. 1.30pm.
  1. Cycle 1:  August 4 & 5 2018 – Actors from the Republic of Ireland:  Andrew Bennett (Vladimir), David Pearse (Estragon), Ned Dennehy (Pozzo) and Tadgh Murphy (Lucky), Jonathan McBride (Boy).
    Directed by Annie Ryan.
  2. Cycle 2August 18 & 19 – Actors from Northern Ireland, the Lyric Theatre Belfast.
    Directed by Jimmy Fay.  (Cast tbc).
Audience should meet outside the Castle Museum bus lay by 8am and will be driven to the location (20 mins drive).
On arrival at location, the walk follows an uphill path with an average 30 degree climb gradient, through a beautiful meadow and up around a hillside overlooking a deep glen to come out on a summit of upland moorland where the path then bends round until you reach a gate by the Pollinska pothole with a running stream beyond which Tree for Waiting for Godot by Antony Gormley will stand at the end of the path.
At this point you are standing precisely on the Irish border with a 360 degree moorland around you including Cuilcagh mountain in the backdrop.


Please note:
Audience should wear appropriate walking gear, sturdy walking boots and layers.
Whilst the walk is mainly on a pathway, it is uneven underfoot and does get progressively steeper.
Please bring suitable water and snacks to replenish your energy.



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