The Irish Student Drama Association (commonly referred to as ISDA) is the umbrella organisation of Ireland’s most prolific third-level drama societies. The highlight of the ISDA year is the association’s annual theatre festival and award ceremony – a 10-day-long festival in which all member societies may display their shows and compete.

This year the festival will be hosted by NUI Galway with participants from universities in Dublin, Maynooth, Cork, Belfast and more.

From the 14th of March ISDA will be occupying some amazing theatres across Galway City, such as The Mick Lalley Theatre (Druid Theatre), our very own Bank of Ireland Theatre and An Taibhdhearc to name but a few.

If you are interested in volunteering at this year's festival please email We will accept as many volunteers as possible as we'll need help with Front of House, tech, set, postering, events etc. Any NUI Galway student can volunteer at the festival. If alumni wish to lend a hand please do not hesitate to email us! 

Get ready for a hectic 10 day theatre extravaganza!

Be sure to check out the website for updates!


This website is managed by the Societies Office,
contact Ríona Hughes, Societies Officer, Student Services.
SocsBox, Áras na Mac Léinn, NUI Galway.

PH: 091 492852. Email:


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