The 43rd Bray One Act Drama Festival came to a close on Saturday night after a week of non-stop entertainment. As the long month of January came to an end, comedy was just what was needed and this year's festival didn't disappoint.
Adjudicator Alan Haslett had the difficult task of picking the winners and selected local man Noel Connolly, who wrote and directed Square One's play 'The Spanish Sailor', for his Adjudicator's award.
He also awarded Square One Best Comedy, Best Director and Runner-up group. Square One added the Best Costume (Laura Leaf Gavin) and Light/Design awards to their tally.
Mermaid Arts Centre technical manager Eoin Fegan won the Fred Lee award. Stephen O'Connor from St Gerard's Dramatic Society was Best Youth Actor, and Kayleigh Horan from Mr Sands Youth Theatre was Best Youth Actress, as well as Most Promising Young Actor.
St Gerard's Dramatic Society won Best Youth Group. St Patrick's Dramatic Society, Dalkey, won two awards. Anne Doring won Best Supporting Actress, while Patrick Dunn received Best Supporting Actor. Astrid Courtney of the Mel Ryan Adult Drama Group was Best Actress, and Don Bagley of Delgany Dramatic Society won Best Actor.
The Mel Ryan Adult Drama Group won Best Group. Merit Awards were presented to Louise Culleton (Glencullen Dundrum M&D Society), Beth Holmes (Delgany ICA), Samantha Smith (St Patrick's Dramatic Society, Dalkey), Elva O'Grady (The Mel Ryan Adult Drama Group), Brigid Cahill (Ashford ICA) and Sinead McGinty-Donovan (Balally Players).