Bridge Drama takes top prize at Carnew

ST BRIGID'S HALL Carnew home of the South Wicklow Drama Festival.

Bridge Drama Group from Castlebridge were winners of the Open Section with ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’ while Skibbereen Theatre Society brought the Confined Section prize back to Cork with ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’ at this year’s South Wicklow Drama Festival.
In the words of adjudicator Ailbhe Garvey Hughes, “what a wonderful week of drama we had in St. Brigid’s Hall Carnew.”
Festival Chairman Eamonn Doran thanked and complimented all groups on their productions during the week, and particularly paid tribute to the back stage crews from all of the groups who worked so hard to transform the stage each day in readiness for each night’s performance.
He also thanked committee, sponsors and all involved who helped to make the Festival a success.
The results of the 2019 South Wicklow Drama Festival are…
Confined Section
1st – Skibbereen Theatre Society, The Beauty Queen of Leenane
2nd – Kilmuckridge Drama Group, The Righteous are Bold
3rd – Tinahely Drama Group, Eclipsed
Open Section
1st – Bridge Drama, Brighton Beach Memoirs
2nd – Kilrush Drama Group, The Steward of Christendom
3rd – Wexford Drama Group, Rabbit Hole

MICHAEL DUNBAR (Kilrush Drama Group) winner of the ‘Best Actor’ award at the South Wicklow Drama Festival.

Confined Section:
Best Supporting Actress – Tara Murphy, Tinahely
Best Supporting Actor – Barry Turner, Kilmuckridge
Best Actress -Hannah McNiven, Kilmuckridge
Best Actor – Aidan McParland, Lislea
Best Director – Ger Minihane, Skibbereen
Open Section:
Best Supporting Actress – Danielle Reck, Wexford
Best Supporting Actor – Billy Canning, Bunclody-Kilmyshall
Best Actress – Mairéad Cummings, Bridge
Best Actor – Michael Dunbar, Kilrush
Best Director – Pat Whelan
Adjudicator Award 1 – For a moment of real theatre, Skibbereen Theatre Society for the pouring of boiling oil.
Adjudicator Award 2 – Gorey Little Theatre Group for seamless transitions from past to present.
Adjudicator Award 3 – Kilrush Drama Group for their lighting and soundscape.
Best Comedy Performance (Jim Tighe Trophy) – Tara Murphy, Tinahely
Magic Moment in Theatre (Pat Connaughton Award) – Niall Kehoe’s haunting but glorious singing as Willie, Kilrush Drama Group.
Audience Cup (Altura Credit Union Award) – Bunclody- Kilmyshall Drama Group, Moonglow
Best Presentation – Kilrush Drama Group, The Steward of Christendom
An Art Exhibition by Carnew Community Art was once again a popular addition to the festival, showcasing some of the artistic talent in the area.
The exhibition was held in the forecourt tea rooms next door to St. Bridget’s Hall, where teas for the festival were served at the interval each night.
The festival was officially closed by Fr. Martin Casey PP, Carnew and President of South Wicklow Drama Festival, but before that, Ailbhe Garvey Hughes gave her final adjudication and results for what was an incredible nine nights with plays performed to an extremely high standard.

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