Monday
Jan312011

And the winners are...

Festival Awards 2011

DAVID O’BRIEN AWARD for BEST GROUP:

Nominations:  St.Patrick’s D.S.Dalkey  “Swansong”;  Dalkey  Players “Afterplay”; Masquerade, Arklow “The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden”; Skerries T G, “Two for a girl”                    

WINNER: “Afterplay” Dalkey Players

FIRST ACTIVE SHIELD for RUNNER-UP:

“The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden” Masquerade, Arklow

MEL LEGGETT CUP for BEST DIRECTOR:

Nominations: John Walsh, Dalkey Players; Peter Harrison, Delgany D.S.; Nigel McGuinness, Square One T.G.

WINNER: Kevin Deignan, Masquerade, Arklow

IRISH CANCER SOCIETY AWARD for BEST COMEDY:

Nominations: St. Patrick’s D.S., “Swansong”; Bray Arts “The Rape of Bunny Stuntz”; Crois Dearg D.G. “The way of all fish”

WINNER: “Swansong” St.Patrick’s D.S.

RENWICK CUP for BEST ACTOR:

Nominations: Philip Murphy, Andrey in "Afterplay"; Patrick Dunne, Claudius in "One Act Hamlet", Seymour Cresswell, Donald in "Swansong"

WINNER: Patrick Dunne, Square One T.G.

GREGG CUP for BEST ACTRESS:

Nominations: Sheila McDonagh, Ma Kirby in "The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden"; Rita McCarthy, Josie in "Two for a Girl"; Hilda Grace, Margaret in "Swansong"; Rachel Armstrong, Miss Riverton in "The Way of all Fish"

WINNER: Sheila McDonagh, Masquerade, Arklow

JIM TINKLER AWARD for BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:

Nominations: Damien Fegan, Matty McGoona in "Faint Voices"; Don Bagley, Polonius in "One Act Hamlet"; Dominic Palmer, Laertes in "One Act Hamlet"

WINNER: Damien Fegan, Martello Productions

MCGUINNESS AWARD for BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

Nominations: Deirdre Malone, Mrs Ledwidge in "Faint Voices"; Elizabeth McCormack, Old Woman in "Two Summers"; Ann Doring, Mimi in "Swansong"

WINNER: Elizabeth McCormack, Delgany D.S.

DEREK PULLEN AWARD for MOST PROMISING YOUNG ACTOR:

WINNER: Emer McNally, Frances in "Two for a Girl", Skerries T. G.

COLIN SMITH MEMORIAL AWARD for LIGHTING AND DESIGN:

WINNER: Delgany D.S., "Two Summers"

ADJUDICATORS AWARD:

WINNER: Tony Deegan, Author and Director of "L’Amour", Taney D.S.

CERTIFICATES:

Delgany I.C.A. for ensemble work in "Nasty Things, Murder"

Rosary Morley McPhillips for acting in "The Rape of Bunny Stuntz", Bray Arts

Ber O’Hara for acting in "Afterplay", Dalkey Players

Marion Murphy for acting in "The Way Of All Fish", Crous Dearg D G

Mary Rigney for costumes in "Afterplay", Dalkey Players

Tom Curran for sound in "The Happy Journey To Trenton And Camden", Masquerade, Arklow

Martello Productions for stage design in "Faint Voices"

FRED LEE AWARD for SERVICES TO DRAMA awarded to KATHY LEE O’TOOLE

Congratulations everyone, thank you to all who took part and many thanks to all of you who came along and supported the festival. See you next year!

Tuesday
Jan182011

Escape from it all with a week of entertainment and drama

Bray One Act Drama Festival director Peter Harrison, promises an escape from reality, for a week at least, at the launch of this year’s One Act Drama Festival in Killruddery. “Reality for many these days, is very hard, but these difficult times can be tempered with escapism. I welcome you all to a week of drama, relax and be entertained”. The varied programme for this year’s festival offering a mix of tragedy, drama and comedy, looks the opportunity to do just that. Participating groups, patrons, members of the committee and benefitting charities all attended the successful launch in the beautiful Killruddery House. The festival sees the return of some local favourites in Square One Theatre Group and Bray Arts, and welcomes Maeve Millar’s group Bray School of Speech and Drama taking part for the first time. 14 groups from all over Leinster, will take part in the competition which runs in the Mermaid Arts Centre Bray, from Tuesday 25th Jan to Saturday 29th January. Adjudicator, new to the Festival, Mr Christopher Fitz-Simon, has the difficult job of selecting the winners for the numerous awards. Two local charities who will benefit from the festival will be The Wicklow Hospice and Debra Ireland. To book your tickets, call the Mermaid Box Office at (01) 2724030 or www.mermaidartscentre.ie. 

The programme for this year’s Festival is: 

Tuesday 25th January 2011

Faint Voices a Drama by John McKenna by Martello Productions; The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden a Drama by Thornton Wilder by Masquerade, Arklow; The Rape of Bunny Stuntz a Drama by A R Gurney Jnr by Bray Arts Group          

Wednesday 26th January 2011

Two Summers a Drama by Gillian Plowman by Delgany D.S; Audience a Comedy by Colin Blakely by East Glendalough School; Nasty Things Murder a Drama by Arthur Lovegrove by Delgany I.C.A

Thursday 27th January 2011

One Act Hamlet a Drama by Shakespeare/Crabb by Square One T.G; The Skip a Comedy by Mary Rensten by Kilmant D.G; L’amour a Drama by Tony Deegan by Taney D.S

Friday 28th January 2011

Afterplay a Drama by Chekov/Friel by Dalkey Players; None the Wiser a Comedy by Anthony Booth by Bray School of Speech & Drama; Two for a girl a Drama by M Kelly & N Stapleton by Skerries T G

Saturday 29th January 2011

Swansong a drama by Vanessa Brooks by St.Patrick’s D.S, Dalkey; The Way of all Fish a Comedy by Elaine May by Crois Dearg D.G