Last Saturday night the curtain came down on the last performance of the ninth night of Roscommon Drama Festival, the 10th since the revival of the festival in 2007.
Chairperson Caroline Egan thanked everyone who had contributed to the success of the festival and expressed her gratitude to the local businesses that were once again generous in their sponsorship. She thanked the adjudicator Tom Byrne for his insightful commentary on each presentation, which the patrons eagerly awaited and added to their enjoyment. She then called on him to carry out his final task and name the winners of the various awards.
Mr. Byrne started by thanking the Drama Festival Committee for the hospitality he had experienced and for making his stay in Roscommon a most enjoyable and memorable one. He identified passion as “a must-have” ingredient in the presentation of top class drama. He said that we had seen plenty of passion over the nine nights of wonderful drama.
He then announced the following results:
Perpetual Award went to Corofin Dramatic Society for ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’ by Martin McDonagh, sponsored by Charlie O’Brien, ROSMED Pharmacy and presented by Joe Sheehy. Main Award Open went to Corofin Dramatic Society for ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’, sponsored and presented by Canon Eugene McLoughlin. Main Award Confined went to Glenamaddy Players for ‘By The Bog of Cats’ by Marina Carr, sponsored by Marie and Pat McCrann and presented by Marie McCrann. Best Director Open went to John Clancy for ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’, sponsored by Casey’s Centra and presented by Maria Casey. Best Director Confined went to Coman Keaveney for ‘By The Bog of Cats’, sponsored by Finn Electrical Expert and presented by John Finn. Best Actor Open went to Jackie Scanlon as Myles-na-Coppaleen in ‘The Colleen Bawn’ by Dion Boucicault, sponsored by Paul Beisty Acorn Life and presented by Paul Beisty. Best Actress Open went to Mairead Connaughton as Dr. Martha Livingstone in ‘Agnes of God’ by John Pielmeier, sponsored by Hugh Baxter, Cerena Consulting Ltd. and presented by Hugh Baxter. Best Supporting Actor Open went to Neil Harran as Babbybobby in ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’, sponsored by Roscommon Drama Group and presented by Bernie Maher. Best Supporting Actress Open went to Eileen Lahiffe as Kate in ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’, sponsored by Down the Hatch and presented by Larry Brennan. Best Actor Confined went to Kenneth Blowers as Tommy in ‘The Night Alive’ by Conor McPherson, sponsored by Eurona Brisknet, Dominick Connolly and presented by John Connolly. Best Actress Confined went to Tina Ward as Hester Swane in ‘By The Bog of Cats’, sponsored by Timothy’s Londis and presented by Annie Timothy. Best Supporting Actor Confined went to Sean Carty as Dean in ‘Lay Me Down Softly’ by Billy Roach, sponsored by McGuinness Total Health Pharmacy and presented by Oliver McGuinness. Best Supporting Actress Confined went to Marie Coneran as Mrs Kilbride in ‘By The Bog of Cats’, sponsored by The Comfy Café and presented by Daire Stephens. Best Stage Setting went to Mike Scanlon for ‘The Colleen Bawn’ by Dion Boucicault, sponsored by McCrann’s Bar and presented by Zoya McCrann. Adjudicator’s Award went to Paul McNulty for Lighting in ‘The Birds’ by Conor McPherson, sponsored by Roscommon Lions Club and presented by Noel Connolly. The Pat Connaughton Memorial Award for A Magical Moment in Theatre went to Babbybobby telling his story to Kate in ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’, sponsored by Bunclody/Kilmyshall Drama Group and presented by Anne Carly.
Canon Eugene McLoughlin, President of Roscommon Drama Festival Committee, closed the festival by thanking Caroline Egan and her committee, the adjudicator Tom Byrne, the sponsors, the nine groups who had presented, the staff of the Arts Centre, the local media, and the patrons who had supported the festival. He said that we can look forward with confidence to Roscommon Drama Festival 2018.