Kilmuckridge plays host to superb drama
The 59th Kilmuckridge Drama Festival drew to a close at the KMH recently after nine nights of captivating theatre.
Adjudicator Jim Wolstencroft took to the stage after the final play had ended to deliver to a packed and tension-filled hall, his verdict on this year's plays.
The overall awards were handed out as follows:
Best comedy, 'Last of the Red Hot Lovers', Schull Drama Group; Best comedy performance, Dolores Dermody, Grainne Barry, Eimear Barry-Tierney, Meghan Bartual-Smyth, Take 5 Drama Group.
Best lighting, Pip Walsh, Wexford Drama Group; Best moment of theatre, Wexford for raising of Portia Coughlan from the river; Most promising performance, Brian Sheridan, Bridge Drama Group; Best presentation, Prosperous Dramatic Society; Audience Cup, Kilrush Drama Group.
The open section award winners were as follows: Best play, 'The Play about the Baby', Prosperous; 2, 'Portia Coughlan', Wexford; 3, 'An Inspector Calls', Bridge Drama.
Best actor, Robert Massey, Prosperous; Best supporting actor, James Murphy, Prosperous; Best actress, Shonagh Lyons, Wexford; Best supporting actress, Jacqui Whelan, Wexford.
Best producer, Lurlene Duggan, Prosperous; Adjudicator's prize, Ronan Berry and Pat Jackman, for the Gabriel singing sound effect, Wexford; Best set, Mark Redmond, Wexford; Best costumes, Jacinta Kavanagh, Kilrush.
The confined section winners were as follows: Best play, 'Red Hot Lovers', Schull Drama Group; 2, 'The Trappe Family', Sillan Players; 3, 'Telephone Exchange', Take 5 Drama Group.
Best actor, Caleb Cairns, Schull Drama Group; Best actress, Faye Upton, Schull; Best supporting actor, David Clarke, Sillan Players; Best supporting actress, Terri Lieber and Joan Giller, Sillan Players.
Best set, Ciaran Farrelly, Sillan; Best costumes, Liz Flatmas, Schull; Best producer, Edmund Krugel, Schull.
Adjudicator's award, Paddy McGuire and Jack Allen of the Ballycogley Players for the training session.