Friends of Manx Drama

Join the Friends!

You will have noticed that the role of the Friends has expanded enormously from the original concept. Resulting from this we are changing our name to Friends of Manx Drama!

About a dozen years ago when Michael Lees was MADF Chairman, he proposed the formation of what became the Friends of the Easter Festival. His aim was to give audiences a sense of belonging and for the Friends to attempt to attract greater audiences to the Easter Festival.

Currently we support, as essential audience; the Easter Festival of Plays, One Act Festival, Young Actor of Mann and plays and musicals throughout the Island.

By attending on each night of the Easter Festival you will have the benefit of not only watching and forming your own opinion of each performance, but also learning much from the GoDA Adjudicator. You may be surprised to find that it is not necessarily the most obvious or well-known plays that you will enjoy most. Many of us now approach an evening at the theatre very differently and thoroughly enjoy the combination of cultural experience and social occasion.

Our off-island members attending the Easter Festival each year are an important component of our membership. Renewing contacts at the festival and at the Easter Monday Lunch at the Empress Hotel is always enjoyed by everyone.

The Friends are a loose-knit organisation requiring the absolute minimum of formality.

We offer two types of membership:
Annual     £4
Life            £30

Upcoming Friends Events:

Easter Festival Lunch 2024
When: Easter Monday, 1st April 2024 from 1pm
Where: The Empress Hotel, Douglas.
Price: £25, payable to Manx Amateur Drama Federation.
Please complete the below pre order form by Sunday 24th March and return to Christine via to book:

For further details on the Friends, contact