Saturday 21 July 2018

The Coolgreany Drama Festival results are in

Kit Bolger, Annemarie Whelan and Tim Connaughton of Enniscorthy Drama Group.
Kit Bolger, Annemarie Whelan and Tim Connaughton of Enniscorthy Drama Group.
Martin McCarthy, Jim Healy, Marjorie Gahan and Martin McCarthy.
Annette McCarthy and Ciaran Cooper of Kilmuckridge Drama Group.
Eileen Brennan and Irene Condren.
Denise Moules with Peter and Catherine Kavanagh.
Donal Curran with his daughter Hazel.

Fintan Lambe

Top honours went to Dublin and Galway at the first Coolgreany One Act Drama Festival to be affiliated to the Drama League of Ireland.

St Mogue's Hall was packed to capacity on almost all nights of the festival as groups from across Wexford and Ireland continued with their efforts to reach the All Ireland final.

Sally Stevens of Coolgreany Amateur Dramatic Society said that adjudicator Geoff O'Keeffe was so impressed with the festival, that he has already been booked in for next year. 'He said there was nowhere like it,' she said, adding that he gave good constructive criticism and was entertaining for the audience.

She said that the festival was a big undertaking and a lot of work was put in by a lot of people, and thanks went to all who sponsored, or helped in any way.

The winners were: Audience award, 'Small Box Psychosis' Seamus O'Kelly Players; Adjudicator's awards: Aoibhinn Finnegan, Balally Players for design, and Wayside Players for costume.

CONFINED: 1, Seumas O'Kelly Players, Loughrea. 'Small Box Psychosis'; 2, New Ross. 'The Tinker's Wedding'; 3, Wayside Players, Blackwater, 'The Last of the Last of the Mohicans'; Best Supporting Actor, Aidan Whelan, Wayside Players; Best Actor, Padraig Larkin, Seumas O'Kelly Players; Best Director, Martin Wade, Seumas O'Kelly Players;

OPEN: 1, Balally Players, Dundrum, ' At the Hawk's Well'; 2, Palace Players, Kilworth, Co. Cork, 'The Quiet Land'; 3, Blue Hat Players, Whitechurch, Co. Cork. 'Central Park West'; Best Supporting Actor, Balally's three musicians; Best Actor, Yvonne Russell, Blue Hat Players; Best Director, Aoibhinn Finnegan, Balally Players.

Gorey Guardian