Denis O’Sullivan from Kilmeen Drama Group receiving his Best Supporting Actor Award from Bernie Shinnick
On St Patrick’s night the lights were dimmed on the very successful 53rd West Cork Drama Festival. On the final night, Conna Dramatic Society presented a tense and gripping production of Ira Levin’s ‘Deathtrap’, stepping in for the Holycross/Ballycahill group, which had to withdraw due to illness. The adjudicator Patrick Sutton kept his cards to chest during the week, not disclosing any clear preference for the plays he saw. At the awards ceremony on the final night, he complimented the high standard of the 11 plays he saw, as well as the festival committee for such a successful organisation of the festival.
Ballyduff Drama Group who had regaled the audience on Wednesday night with their moving production of Sam Shepard’s ‘Curse of the Starving Class’ were awarded first place in the Open Section of the West Cork Drama Festival. As well as winning the Best Set award, their director Ger Canning ALSO won the award for Best Producer. The Moat Club who presented Sebastien Barry’s ‘The Steward of Christendom’ took second place, as well as the Best Lighting award, while the local Kilmeen group took third place with their production of Enda Walsh’s ‘The Walworth Farce’. Denis O’Sullivan from the Kilmeen group, who played a versatile ‘Sean’, won the Best Supporting Actor award in the Open section, while the Best Supporting Actress award was given to Aoife Walsh from the Ballyduff group who played the young daughter ‘Emma’. Padraig Broe who played Thomas Dunne in The Moat Club’s production of ‘The Steward of Christendom’ won Best Actor while Valerie O’Leary from the Ballyduff group won the Best Actress award for her portrayal of the mother ‘Ella’.
In the Confined Section , first place went to the Doonbeg Drama Group who presented Billy Roche’s ‘The Cavalcaders’, second place went to Skibbereen Theatre Society with their production of Nancy Harris’s ‘No Romance’ and third place was awarded to Schull Drama Group with their production of Sam Shepard’s ‘Buried Child’. Mary O’Driscoll from the Skibbereen Theatre Society won Best Supporting Actress in the Confined Section for her role as ‘Laura’ in ‘No Romance’. The Doonbeg Drama Group, with their production of ‘The Cavalcaders’, scooped many of the other awards in this section and no doubt left Rossmore with many good memories. Mark May was awarded Best Supporting Actor for his role as the joyful ‘Josie’, Charles Killeen was awarded Best Actor for his role as the enigmatic ‘Jerry’, Anne Marie Doyle won Best Actress for her depiction of ‘Nuala’ and their director Mary J Egan won Best Producer in this section.
The Best Sound award went to the Nenagh Players who presented Bruce Graham’s ‘The Outgoing Tide’ and lulled us with tranquil sounds of the sea and birds in the sky.
While the Festival has reached closure, as the old saying goes, ‘the show still goes on’ with musical concerts including Louise Morrissey and friends on March 30 and further dramatic productions from the local Kilmeen drama group (see www.rossmoretheatre.com for updates).