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
Adjudicator Award 1 – Roisin Barry for her portrayal of “Josie Swaine” in By the Bog of Cats Bunclody/Kilmyshall Drama Group
Adjudicator Award 2 – Alan Clarke for his portrayal of Tim in The Good Father by Droichead Nua Players
Adjudicator Award 3 – Ger Canning for his direction of The Crucible Ballyduff Drama Group
Best Comedy Performance (Jim Tighe Trophy) -Geraldine Condren for her portrayal of “Bridie Lavin” in Thy Will be Done by Sliabh Aughty Drama Group.
Best Presentation – The Crucible, Ballyduff Drama Group