Curtain falls on drama festival
The curtain fell on the 63rd South Leinster Drama last weekend after nine nights of top class drama.
Festival adjudicator Aodh McCay had the unenviable task of picking the winners on the night as the standard from all the groups was very high.
The open play winners were: 1. Bridge Drama with 'Brighton Beach Memoirs'; 2. Wexford Drama Group with 'Rabbit Hole' and 3. Bunclody/Kilmyshall Drama Group with 'Moonglow'.
The confined play winners were: 1. Kilmuckridge Drama Group with 'The Righteous are Bold' and 2. Tinahely Variety Group with 'Eclipsed'.
The best play as voted for by the audience was Bridge Drama with 'Brighton Beach Memoirs'. Best lighting was Conor O'Connell for The Moat Club. The best costume went to Denise Leahy of Bridge Drama and the best setting was Pip Walsh with Wexford Drama Group.
The most promising contribution from a young person went to Katie Connick as Nora in 'Brighton Beach Memoirs' from Bridge Drama Group.
The confined results were as follows: Best supporting actress - Mandie O'Keeffe in 'Eclipsed'; best supporting actor - Barry Turner in 'The Righteous are Bold'; best actress - Hannah McNiven in 'The Righteous are Bold'; best actor - Eugene McLoughlin in 'The Righteous are Bold' and best director - Anthony O'Connor in 'The Righteous are Bold'.
The open results were as follows: Best supporting actress - Danielle Reck in 'Rabbit Hole'; best supporting actor - Cillian Toibin in Brighton Beach Memoirs; best actress - Josephine Byrne in 'Moonglow'; best actor - Sean Byrne in 'Brighton Beach Memoirs' and best director - Pat Whelan in 'Brighton Beach Memoirs'.
The adjudicator award for best solo singer went to Niall in the Steward of Christendom while the scene changes award went to The Moat Club with 'Push Up'.