Very successful Roscommon Drama Festival

A very successful Roscommon Drama Festival drew to a close on Saturday night, March 12th.

  The chairperson of the festival, Mary Finn, noted: “It was one of our most successful festival to date, and it was tremendous to see the number of people attending nightly”. 

  The audience were treated to some top class entertainment in both the confined and open section, with capacity crowds on most nights. Mr. Geoff O’Keeffe, who was warmly praised in his role as adjudicator, announced the results at the awards ceremony.

  In the open section, first place went to Ballyduff Drama Group’s ‘Rabbit Hole’ by David Lindsey-Abaire, second went to Bunclody/Kilmyshall Drama Group’s ‘The Good Father’ by Christian O’Reilly, and third place went to Dalkey Players’ ‘Eurydice’ by Sarah Ruhl. In the confined section, first place went to Enniskillen Theatre Company’s ‘The Night Alive’ by Conor McPherson, second went to Glenamaddy Players’ ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’ by Martin McDonagh, and third place went to Phoenix Players (Tubbercurry)’s ‘The Communication Cord’ by Brian Friel.

  The Vincent Mahon Memorial Award, which awards a scholarship to DLI Summer School, went to Glenamaddy Players’ Cian Boyle for his role as Billy in ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’. The Pat Connaughton Memorial Award for a ‘Magical Moment in Theatre’ went to Nat opening the closet in Danny’s Room during Ballyduff Drama Group’s performance of ‘Rabbit Hole’.

  The Adjudicator’s Award went to Bunclody/Kilmyshall Drama Group’s Mairead Connaughton and Pádraig Darcy, who performed as Jane and Tim in ‘The Good Father’. The Best Technical Award went to Dalkey Players’ design team for ‘Eurydice’. The award for Best Stage Setting went to Donie O’Sullivan for Ballyduff Drama Group’s ‘Rabbit Hole’.

  In the confined section, the award for Best Supporting Actress went to Anna Flaherty for her role as Helen in Glenamaddy Players’ ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’, and  Best Supporting Actor went to Christian Carbin for his role as Doc in Enniskillen Theatre Company’s ‘The Night Alive’. The award for Best Actress in the confined section went to Aideen McNamara for her role as Aimee in Enniskillen Theatre Company’s ‘The Night Alive’, and the award for Best Actor went to Francis Brennan for his role as Tim in Phoenix Players Tubbercurry’s ‘The Communication Cord’.

  In the open section, the award for Best Supporting Actress went to Sheila Henaghan for her role as Nat in Ballyduff Drama Group’s ‘Rabbit Hole’, and Best Supporting Actor went to Dermot Byrne for his roles as Nasty Interesting Man and Lord of the Underworld in Dalkey Players’ ‘Eurydice’. The award for Best Actress in the open section went to Grainne Barry for her role as Becca in Ballyduff Drama Group’s ‘Rabbit Hole’, and Best Actor went to John Stack for his role as Howie in Ballyduff Drama Group’s ‘Rabbit Hole’.

  The award for Best Director in the confined section went to Ena Trimble for Enniskillen Theatre Company’s ‘The Night Alive’, and the award for Best Director in the open section went to Ger Canning for Ballyduff Drama Group’s ‘Rabbit Hole’. The Perpetual Award went to Ballyduff Drama Group’s ‘Rabbit Hole’.

  The committee wish to thank Mr Coman Keaveny (Chairman of the ADCI) who officially opened the festival, all the groups who took part, our excellent adjudicator Mr Geoff O’Keeffe – who brought such excellent insight and adjudication to the festival – our wonderful audience who supported us throughout, all our sponsors and advertisers, and the press and media. Special thanks to the Roscommon People, Roscommon Herald, RosFM and Shannonside, photographers Mary Lane, Mick McCormack and Michelle Hughes Walsh, Roscommon LEADER Partnership and Roscommon County Council for their generous financial support. 

  Thanks also to the excellent staff of the Roscommon Arts Centre, who provided us with a platform to showcase our festival, and were always so helpful. Well done to all involved!