Ballyshannon Drama Festival won the Blue Riband and took 1st place in the Open Section of the 32nd Kiltyclogher Drama Festival with their performance of ‘The Gingerbread Lady’.
The Ballyshannon group also picked up three acting awards at the festival, Rachel O’Connor, Richard Hurst and Sinead Luke picking up those awards for best actress, actor and best supporting actress.
News of the win prompted cheers of delight in Ballyshannon’s Abbey Arts Centre shortly after the opening night performance of the local Ballyshannon Festival which is in its 62nd year and runs until next Sunday night.
Corn Mill Theatre with ‘The Devil’s Ceili’ took 2nd place and picked up 7 Awards, in the Open Section. Cloonacool Players won the Confined Section with their performance of Many Young Men of Twenty. Phoenix Players, Tubbercurry were placed 2nd with their performance of Wood of the Whispering.
As the curtain came down on the 32nd Kiltyclogher Drama Festival on Saturday night the Festival Committee were delighted with the large crowds who attended and the excellent performances of the groups over the 8 nights.
The Festival Committee would like to thank the Adjudicator, Martin McGuinness for his informative and animated adjudications each night and to all the groups who travelled, some from a great distance, to perform at the Festival, in our eyes you are all winners. The Festival could not continue without the support of the local people who help to cater for the groups, look after the door and to the people who were there each day to greet and assist the Groups. To our very generous sponsors who every year without fail give their support. Thank you to the local Parish Newsletters for their great coverage of the Festival and to all who helped with publicity. A final word of thanks to our audiences who came in such great numbers we hope you had a great week of drama and look forward to seeing you next year.
The full list of awards are as follows:
Blue Riband: Ballyshannon Drama Society;
Best Open Play: The Gingerbread Lady, Ballyshannon Drama Society;
Best Producer: Ronan Ward, Corn Mill;
Best Supporting Actress: Sinead Luke, Ballyshannon Drama Society;
Best Supporting Actor: Killian McGuinness, Corn Mill;
Best Actress: Rachel O’Connor, Ballyshannon Drama Society;
Best Actor: Richard Hurst, Ballyshannon;
Most Promising Actor: Amy O’Reilly, Corn Mill;
Best Moment of Theatre: Corn Mill Theatre;
Adjudicators Award: Corn Mill Theatre;
Audience Award, Corn Mill Theatre;
Best Set: Corn Mill Theatre;
Best Confined Play: Cloonacool Players;
Best Producer: Pat McCarrick, Cloonacool;
Best Supporting Actress: Karen Mc Kim, Cloonacool;
Best Supporting Actor: Tom Walsh, Phoenix Players, Tubbercurry;
Best Actress: Eileen Davy, Tubbercurry;
Best Actor: Paddy Conway, Cloonacool;
Audience Award: Cloonacool Players.