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:

Coffee Morning
When: Friday 1st March 2024 10am until 12:30.
Where: Peel Centenary Centre
Admission: £1.00 includes coffee and biscuits.

Come along and find out more information about the 2024 MADF Easter Festival of One Act and Full Length Plays.

Easter Lunch 2023
When: Easter Monday, 10th April 2023 from 1pm
Where: The Empress Hotel, Douglas.
Menu: TBC
Price: TBC

Full details to follow in early 2023. –

We also welcome donations at any time.

  • Christine Sugden, Harvey Garton or Dorrie Garton

For further details, contact