Dramatic happenings in West Cork

Posted on: 1st December, 2015

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: West Cork People

Above: The Prize Recipients of the 2015 West Cork One Act Drama Festival, along with the Festival Committee and the Adjudicator. Back L-R : Nora Scannell (Kilmeen), Denis O’Sullivan (Kilmeen), Madeliene O'Brien Martin (Rasper Players), Donal MacSweeny (Schull), Mary Conway (Blue Hat Productions), Tom Fitzgerald (Fr. Mathew Players) Front L-R : Catherine Deasy, Andy Mahon, Pádraic McIntyre (Adjudicator), Gerard Finn.

The annual West Cork One Act Drama Festival drew to a close after a very enjoyable mixture of dramatic productions. The adjudicator Padraic McIntyre had the difficult job of deciding who won the festival in the Open and Confined section, as well as who won the specific awards. The local Kilmeen drama group was awarded first place in the Open Section with its hilarious production of Mark Aloysius Kenneally’s play ‘Shakespere’s a Dick’. This red neck comedy had the hall laughing with gusto earlier in the night. The group also scooped two other awards. Denis O’Sullivan won Best Actor for his portrayal of the comical ‘Raimie’ while Nora Scannell won Best Director. The group will now progress onto the All Ireland One Act finals which take place on the weekend of December 4 in the Town hall Theatre Galway.

Rasper Players with their punchy production of the contemporary Irish play ‘Breaking Water’ by Ray Scannell came second in the Open Section with Madeline O’Brien Martyn who played ‘Sophie’ in this production won the ‘Best Actress’ award.

Wayside Players from Blackwater in Co. Wexford were awarded third place in the Open Section for their lyrical presentation of the JM Synge Irish classic ‘The Tinker’s Wedding’.

In the Confined Section, Fr Matthew Players from Tipperary came first with their moving production of Geraldine Aron’s ‘The Galway Girl’. Second place was awarded to Blue Hat Players from Whitechurch for their feisty and gripping presentation of Edward Crosby Well’s southern American drama ‘Tough Cookies’. Third place went to Ballincollig’s Gunpowder Productions for their sensitive presentation of the Synge Irish Classic ‘Riders to the Sea’.

Special adjudicator’s  awards went to Mary Conway from Blue Hat productions for her portrayal of ‘Mammaw’ while Sally Smart from the Schull Drama Group, who directed and wrote the play ‘Lies’ won the other award.

As always, festival committee wish to extend their gratitude to all their sponsors and patrons for their support.

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Contributors on the night are Colm Sheehy, Conor Murray, David Lowney, Denis Murphy, Eoghan Deasy, Sean McEvoy, Thomas Clancy and Treasa O'Brien.
Topics covered will range from awareness and responsibility to yourself and others to the benefits of exercise and nutrition.
The evening is suitable for everyone aged 16 and over from players, members of the community, parents of young and adolescent children, etc.

This is a public event, free of charge and everyone is invited and very welcome to attend.
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The Cast of Harold Pinter’s ‘No Man’s Land’ are on their way to the All-Ireland finals, having won 26 awards, including five best of Festivals, at the Amateur Drama League of Ireland annual three act festivals. The play ‘No Man’s Land, by Harold Pinter, the Nobel Prize Winning Author is directed by Jennifer Williams.

One last opportunity to view this multi award winning play at Skibbereen Town Hall, on Saturday 14th of April, before the finals.

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