Roscommon Drama Group finish third at All-Ireland One-Act Drama Festival!

Tom Holian wins ‘Best Actor’

Last weekend, the Roscommon Drama Group and their supporters travelled to Ennis to take part in the All-Ireland One Act Finals, having qualified in fifth place in the qualifying league. After a long and arduous season of readings, rehearsals, and qualifying, they finally took to the stage on Sunday afternoon.

With a magnificent performance of Geraldine Aron’s ‘A Galway Girl’, Bernie Maher and Tom Holian, under Mary Cox’s direction, climbed the mountain and gained third place in the overall standings. Tom Holian took the All-Ireland Confined Best Actor Award.

The Phoenix Players from Tubbercurry were the overall winners with ‘The Plaza Suite’ and the runners up were the Navan Theatre Group with ‘Normal’.

For the Roscommon Drama Group, in only their fourth year on the circuit, it was a fabulous result to finish in the frame. Well done to all the team, including the backroom team who are nearly always forgotten – Edwina Holian (stage manager), Seamus Maher (transport), Sean Cox (lighting), and everybody who helped in any way. Thank you also to the supporters who travelled to Ennis and round the circuit.

  The group return to the local stage on Sunday night, when they will give an unusual performance of two one act plays in the Arts Centre – ‘The Tinkers Wedding’ and ‘Spreading The News’, both directed by local renowned actor Enda Oates. This is a chance for you to see Bernie, Tom, and Mary, along with many other members of the group live on stage.

Due to Covid-19 and to keep the group active, the group had been preparing these plays for recording as radio plays. Under Enda, the group adapted them to stage. Sunday night’s programme is a novel performance of the recording of the plays on stage, and a great night’s theatre is assured for all. Numbers are still limited due to Covid and booking is recommended.