Players flock to Wexford for national final
HUNDREDS of drama fans made a beeline to Wexford Opera House last week as the All-Ireland Confined Drama finals were staged.
Top honours from the event went to Donegalbased drama society Ballyshanno,n who earned the top gong from adjudicator Don McMullin for their production of 'Steel Magnolias'.
Mayor Joe Ryan presented the group with their award on Saturday night after Doonbeg Drama Group from Clare closed the nine-day event with their performance of Bernard Farrell's 'Say Cheese'.
The standard of drama for the event was exceptionally high, with the top award winners only separated by a single point.
Don McMullin spoke of his delight and honour to be an adjudicator at the event, expecially in Wexford Opera House, which he described as a 'staggering auditorium'.
' The All-Ireland Confined Drama Festival was an amazing success. The people of Wexford enjoyed nine amazing productions and came out in high numbers to each play,' said Wexford Drama Festival chairwoman Mairead Sinnott.
Wexford was ably represented in the finals by Kilmuckridge Drama Group, which staged The Field. The group performed to a sold-out house on Wednesday and came fourth overall. They also picked up awards for best stage management and best lighting, while Bob Butler won a prize for Best Supporting Actor.
Among the awards were: Premier Award, Ballyshannon Drama Society, Co. Donegal: 'Steel Magnolias'. Best Producer, Anne McHugh Ballyshannon Drama Society Co.Donegal: 'Steel Magnolias'. Best Lighting, Kilmuckridge Drama Group, Wexford: ' The Field', Eddie O'Brien and Billy McCreary. Best Stage Management, Aidan O'Connor, Kilmuckridge Drama Group, Wexford: ' The Field'. The award was presented by Fr Pat Mernagh, past chairman of Wexford Drama Group. Best Supporting Actor, Bob Butler, Kilmuckridge Drama Group, Wexford: ' The Field'.