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The 65th Newry Drama Festival concluded at the weekend after nine nights of drama, with County Wexford’s, Bunclody/ Kilmyshall Drama Group winning the Premier Award for their production of Agnes of God. Their production also won the Audience, Best Actress and Most Promising Performer Awards. Runner up for the Premier Award was Prosperous Dramatic Society with their production of The Play about The Baby.

Barbara McCombe, Bunclody, Kilymyshall Drama Group receives the trophies won by the group at the 2017 Newry Drama Festival from Gerry McNulty, President, Newry Drama Festival and Scott Marshall, festival Adjudicator. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Barbara McCombe, Bunclody, Kilymyshall Drama Group receives the trophies won by the group at the 2017 Newry Drama Festival from Gerry McNulty, President, Newry Drama Festival and Scott Marshall, festival Adjudicator. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

Gillian Fitzpatrick, Chairperson, Newry, Mourne and Down Council speaking on the final night said “I started my speech and drama career on this very stage, I tripped the light fantastic, and now I have children doing it. This is just a fantastic facility. I know as a council we are going to upgrade it, new facilities, new ideas coming in, it’s going to be amazing

“We have such talent in Newry Mourne and Down, we have the most amazing talent and really we should be looking for even more drama groups in our own district to come and perform and compete against Newpoint and the other teams we have here”

The Chairperson concluded by paying tribute to the Committee.

Robert Massey, Prosperous Dramatic Society was the winner of the Best Actor Award at the Newry Drama Festival. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Robert Massey, Prosperous Dramatic Society was the winner of the Best Actor Award at the Newry Drama Festival. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

AWARDS

Committee Scholarship

Andrea Emmett, Lifford Players playing Angela in Abigails Party 

Best Technical Production 

Prosperous Dramatic Society for The Play about the Baby

Best Costumes

Rosemary Drama Group for Blue Stockings

Best Music and Sound

Ballyshannon Drama Society for The Real Thing

Best Moment of Theatre

Rosemary Drama Group for the uplifting conclusion of Blue Stockings

Best Lighting

Ciaran Healey, James Murphy and Jimmy Grace, Prosperous Dramatic Society for The Play about the Baby

Best Stage Manager

Richard Dowling, Rosemary Drama Group for Blue Stockings

Best Decor

Prosperous Dramatic Society for The Play about the Baby

Audience Award

Bunclody/ Kilmyshall Drama Group for Agnes of God

Most Promising Performer

Kate Power as Agnes in Bunclody/ Kilmyshall Drama Group’s production of Agnes of God

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Shaunagh McKirgan as Julie in The Clarence Players production of The Mai

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Adrian Cooke as Lloyd in Rosemary Drama Groups Blue Stockings

Best Actress

Mairéad Connaughton as Psychiatrist in Bunclody/ Kilmyshall production of Agnes of God

Best Actor

Robert Massey as Man in Prosperous Dramatic Society’s production of The Play about the Baby.

Best Director

Edward Flanagan, Lifford Players production of Abigail’s Party

Most Ambitious Choice of Play

Letterkenny Music and Drama Group production of Long Days Journey into Night

Premier Award

1st Bunclody Kilmyshall Drama Group - Agnes of God

2nd Prosperous Dramatic Society - The Play about The Baby

3rd Ballyshannon Drama Society - The Real Thing

 

 

 

 

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