Martello Productions scoops host of awards
Amateur drama group Martello Productions has scooped the top awards at the Manx Amateur Drama Federation (MADF) festival of plays held recently in the Gaiety Theatre, Douglas, Isle of Man.
The group's presentation of the play 'Portia Coughlan' by Irish playwright Marina Carr, won eight overall awards.
Martello Productions, which was founded in 1974, conducts rehearsals at Rathmichael Parish National School, Shankill.
The group scooped awards for best play; best female performance (Orla Malone, Wicklow); best producer/director (Trevor Bailey, Bray), and best female supporting role (Carolann Murphy, Wicklow) who also won best comedy performance.
The play also won audience appreciation and drama awards and received 14 nominations in total in what was a most triumphant evening.
In addition, it won the Tony McEvoy Backstage Award presented by the MADF theatre backstage crew.
Local Isle of Man newspaper 'The Manx Independent' said that Martello had 'wowed the adjudicator and audience' and had won praise and awards for their 'stunning stage sets and dramatic lighting'.
'We were up against stiff competition from across the UK,' said Trevor Bailey, director/producer.
'The awards are a tribute to the talent and hard work of all our group.'
The Manx Amateur Drama Federation was formed in the 1940s and its prestigious Easter festival of full length plays has been running since 1950.