Curtains close on West Cork One Act Drama Festival

Posted on: 11th December, 2017

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: West Cork People

The annual West Cork One Act Drama Festival drew to a close after a very enjoyable mixture of dramatic productions. The adjudicator Belinda Wilde had the difficult job of deciding who won the festival in the Open and Confined section as well as who won the specific awards.  Palace Players from Fermoy were awarded first place in the Open Section with their impressive production of ‘The Quiet Land’ by Malachy McKenna. Danny Buckley, the director of this play was awarded ‘Best Director’.

The local Kilmeen drama group with their fast-paced and punchy presentation of the contemporary Irish play ‘A Day in the life of a Pencil’ by Ray Scannell came second in the Open Section with Brian McCarthy who played ‘Martin’ winning the ‘Best Actor’ award.

Blue Hat Players from Whitechurch were awarded third place in the Open Section for their hilarious presentation of the Woody Allen comedy ‘Central Park West’. Yvonne Russell as ‘Phylis’ in this production was awarded ‘Best Actress’.

An Adjudicator award also went to Shane Coleman from the Haulbowline Theatre society for the part of ‘The Man’ in their production of Clonakilty playwright Kieran Doyle’s tense drama ‘The Briefcase’.

In the Confined Section, Take Five drama group from east Cork came first with their moving production of their director, actor and playwright Noelle Clarke’s ‘Tom’. Second place was awarded to Schull drama group for their compelling production of The Dumb Waiter by Harold Pinter. Third place went to Ballincollig’s Gunpowder Productions for their feisty presentation of ‘The Cow Play’ by Ed Harris. Dee Foxe in this group was awarded an ajudicator award for her commitment to the character and ability to change to a cow. The cast of Doonbeg Drama Group who presented the comedy ‘Last Tango in Doonbeg’ by David Tristram were recipients of another Adjudicator Award for ensemble playing.

Check out www.rossmoretheatre.com for forthcoming events including the hilarious comedy ‘Out of Order’ which was on over the summer and will be staged again on December 26-30.

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