The 57th West Cork Drama Festival drew to a close on St Patrick’s night with Gorey Drama Group’s production of James Wesley’s emotional family drama ‘Unbroken Circle’ followed by the festival results. The Scottish adjudicator, Dr. Russel Boyce, bedecked in tartan trousers for the auspicious occasion regaled the audience once again with his theatrical insights and humorous asides. With a nod to the Irish Grand Slam win he even sported an Ireland supporters hat, before taking it off to get down to the announcement of the results. He complimented the high standard of drama and the very impressive sets staged by the groups partaking in the festival.
In the confined section Schull Drama Group’s production of the Pinter classic ‘No Man’s Land’ swept the boards. It took first place in this section with Director Jennifer Williams taking the ‘Best Director’ trophy, Anthony Harris the ‘Best Actor’ award for the role of ‘Hirst’ and Pat Bracken the ‘Best Supporting Actor’ award for his role as ‘Spooner’. In addition the interplay between the actors of the two key role ‘Hirst’ and ‘Spooner’ was given a special adjudicator award.
Second place went to neighbouring West Cork group Skibbereen Theatre Society’s presentation of Mike Leigh’s comedy ‘Abigail’s Party’ with Bernie Whooley taking the ‘Best Supporting Actress’ award for this section. The Paddy Keohane Cup was also awarded to this production.
Curtain Call Productions, from Dungarvan came third with Neil La Bute’s contemporary drama ‘Some Girls’. Vanessa Hyde who played the role of ‘Lindsay’ in this play took the ‘Best Actress’ award in this section.
In the open section, Brideview Drama from Tallow took first place with their emotive contemporary Irish Drama ‘Stolen Child’ by Bairbre Ni Chaoimh and Yvonne Quinn. Director Jack Aherne won the ‘Best Director’ award and Sean Ahern from this production winning Best Actor for his portrayal of the scatty private detective ‘Mick Tracy’.
Second place went to Gorey Little Theatre’s production of James Wesley’s ‘Unbroken Circle’ with Jan Cullen taking the ‘best Actress’ award for this section for her role as the mother ‘Ruby’. In addition this group won the Donal McSweeney award for Lighting.
Nenagh players who presented Neil Kempinski’s moving ‘Duet for One’ took third place with Kevin Walshe who played Dr. Feldman being awarded ‘Best Supporting Actor’ for this section. They also won the Ned Barrett Cup for Sound.
The Jack Murphy plaque for Set was awarded to Bridge Drama who presented Michael Cooney’s comedy ‘Cash on Delivery’ and their set builders also won a spcial adjudicator award. This production also won the ‘Most Entertaining’ play award.
Special adjudicator awards were presented to the Catering team of the West Cork Drama Festival and to the Kilmeen Drama Group for community achievement with their production of ‘The Shaughraun’ by Dion Boucicault with a special mention of the dog ‘Tara’ who tread the boards.
The Festival Committee would like to thank all the festival patrons, sponsors and supporters. Do check out www.rossmoretheatre.com. for forthcoming events.