Seona O’Connor and Edward Hayden of New Ross Drama Workshop in ‘Specter’
After three highly entertaining and varied nights of theatre, Moat Club from Naas emerged winners at Goresbridge One Act Drama Festival last week.
Nine groups competed and provided wonderful entertainment under the watchful eye of Ailbhe Garvey-Hughes, the adjudicator.
Moat Club from Naas led the field with their tense, chilling presentation of ‘What’s Left of the Flag’ by Jimmy Murphy and deservedly took top spot in the open competition.
Their director, John Lennon won the award for Best Director while Brian McCarthy took the best actor award.
Second place went to Palace Players from Kilworth, Co Cork who performed ‘Where is this Malabar?’ written and directed by Liam Howard.
The play highlights the life of elderly country men whose social lives were altered completely by legislative change at that time.
Third place went to Blue Hat Productions from Whitechurch, Co. Cork with their sharp and hilarious American comedy Wanda’s Visit’. Yvonne Russell gave a standout performance as Wanda and took the award for Best Actress.
New Ross Drama
In the confined section, victory went to New Ross Drama Workshop who presented the intriguing play ‘Specter’ by Don Nigro.
Graignamanagh man Edward Hayden won Best Actor for the role of college professor Norris while Seona O’Connor won best actress for her role as Marla.
This unusual play really went down well with Saturday night’s audience.
Model Box Productions from Arklow came second with ‘A Frank Exchange’ followed by Conna Dramatic Society from Co. Cork who presented ‘The Problem’.
The other participating groups were Bridge Drama from Wexford, Camross Drama Group, Co. Wexford and The Venue Players from Ratoath, Co. Meath.
This was the ninth annual drama festival in Goresbridge and was hosted by Kilcumney Players.
The festival receives great local support and the organisers are very grateful to their main sponsor Red Mills and also to Donohoe’s Horse Sales and Goresbridge Credit Union.
The Friends of the Festival also give tremendous support that is hugely appreciated.
Goresbridge is part of the Drama League of Ireland(DLI) One-Act Festival Circuit and this year, there are 24 festivals on the island of Ireland.
The All Ireland Finals will take place in Kilmuckridge, Co. Wexford in early December.
Goresbridge Drama Festival was a great success again this year and the groups who entered all expressed appreciation for the lovely venue that is Ionad Dara and for the warm welcome they received from the audiences in Goresbridge.