High drama in Charleville for festival
AS the hugely successful run of the Shoestring Theatre Company's production of John B. Keane's 'Sharon's Grave' comes to an end at the Schoolyard Theatre, it makes way for the 62nd North Cork Drama Festival, which opens at Charleville Community Hall on this Friday and runs until the 22nd of March.
The adjudicator for the festival is Ms Ailbhe Gawey Hughes who has been involved in theatre for most of her life and has vast experience in national and international adjudicating in the English speaking world.
Ms Gawey Hughes holds a fellowship in Speech and Drama from London College of Music and a licentiate from Trinity College, and is a member of the Association of Drama Adjudicators since its inception and currently holds the position of development officer. She is also a qualified teacher of speech and drama and an examiner with the Royal Irish Academy.
During her acting career she won the best actress award playing Jill Tanner in 'Butterflies are Free' at the All-Ireland final in Athlone and has played in many productions in An Taibhdearc and the Galway based Druid Company with whom she played in the Dublin and Edinburgh Theatre Festivals. She has been teaching drama to primary, secondary and third level students for many years with great success including winning the All-Ireland Youth Theatre Festival.
Ms Gawey Hughes believes in offering educational feedback to competitors and teachers and encourages participation in the festival movement.
The presentation of awards will be presented for the first time at the Schoolyard Theatre on Saturday night, March 22, after the final night's presentation of 'Buried Child' by Sam Shepard, which will be staged by Schull Drama Group at 7.30pm.
As space is limited at the Schoolyard it is advisable to secure a ticket for what should be a very enjoyable night.