South Wicklow Drama Festival 2012
Under the auspices of the Amateur Drama Council of Ireland
St.Brigid's Hall Carnew
Hosted by Kilrush Drama Group
Adjudicator: Myles Purcell
15th - 23rd March 2012
Front Left to Right: Marie Johnson (Kilmuckridge D.G.) Brendan Doyle chairman South Wicklow Drama Festival Sarah O'Hara (Bunclody/Kilmyshall DG), Myles Purcell GIDA (Adjudicator) Ger O'Hara Bunclody Kilmyshall DG) Catherine Barry (Bunclody/Kilmyshall DG)
Back Left to Right: Andy Doyle (Director Kilmuckridge DG) Killan Cotter and Courtney Canning (Ballyduff DG) Richard Devereux (Kilmuckridge D.G) Hannah Doyle (Secretary South Wicklow Drama Festival) John Hearne (Kilmuckridge DG) Alan Clarke (Droichead Nua DG) and Michael Dunbar (Bunclody/Kilymyshall DG)
Another successful South Wicklow Drama Festival has just ended. St. Brigid’s Hall was once again the setting for nine nights of high drama as nine Drama Groups performed their productions over the run of the Festival. The Festival opened with a lovely comedy by Ballycogley Drama Group, Mother Knows Best and ended with a comedy/love story by Droichead Nua Drama Group, The Good Father. There wasn’t too much happy family in between though, as audiences were treated to a wealth of intense drama with some good comedy interspersed throughout.
Adjudicator, Myles Purcell, (G.I.D.A) was extremely impressed by the high standard of production throughout the festival and on Saturday night had the hard task of deciding on the winners in the various categories and on picking the two Best Plays.
Best Play: By the Bog of Cats performed by Bunclody/Kilmyshall Drama Group
Best Director: Pat Connaughton for By the Bog of Cats Bunclody/Kilmyshall
Best Actor: Brendan Dunlea in the role of "John Proctor" in The Crucible by Ballyduff Drama Group
Best Actress: Gayle Jordon in the role of "Hester Swaine" in By the Bog of Cats".
Best Supporting Actor: Kevin O’Shea in the role of "Deputy Governor Danforth in " in The Crucible by Ballyduff Drama Group
Best Supporting Actress: Josephine Byrne for her portrayal of "Cat Woman By the Bog of Cats Bunclody/Kilmyshall Drama Group.
Best Play: There Came a Gypsy Riding by Frank McGuinness for Kilmuckridge Drama Group
Best Director: Andy Doyle There Came a Gypsy Riding by Frank McGuinness Kilmuckridge Drama Group
Best Actress: Michelle Burton for her portrayal of Margaret in There Came a Gypsy Riding - Kilmuckridge Drama Group Best Actor: Richard Devereux for his portrayal of Leo in There came a Gypsey Riding - Kilmuckridge Drama Group
Best Supporting Actress: Marie Johnston for her portrayal of Bridget in There came a Gypsey Riding- Kilmuckridge Drama Group
Best Supporting Actor: Ken Blowers for his portrayal of Brendan in The Weir Doonbeg Drama Group
Audience Cup (Carnew Credit Union Cup)
"Thy Will be Done" - Sliabh Aughty Drama Group"
3 Adjudicators Awards
Roisin Barry for her portrayal of “Josie Swaine” in By the Bog of Cats Bunclody/Kilmyshall Drama Group
Alan Clarke for his portrayal of Tim in The Good Father by Droichead Nua Players
Ger Canning for his direction of The Crucible Ballyduff Drama Group
The Crucible, Ballyduff Drama Group
Best Comedy Performance (Jim Tighe Perpetual Trophy)
Geraldine Condren for her portrayal of "Bridie Lavin" in Thy Will be Done by Sliabh Aughty Drama Group.