Members of Roscommon Drama Group will be making their way to Clonakilty in Co. Cork in early December after their play ’27 Wagons Full of Cotton’ impressed the adjudicators in the latest legs of their One-Act Drama Festival tour.
The drama group’s version of the Tennessee Williams play impressed the Kiltimagh adjudicator, Iggy Bowens, on Sunday, November 10th whose Confined Section award catapulted them into fifth place in the league table with five plays set to qualify for Clonakilty. He also awarded Mary Cox the Best Producer Award and Bernie Maher Best Actress.
From the drama group’s point of view, this was the perfect response to what had been a very disappoining result at the Cavan Festival the previous weekend.
In Doonbeg, Co. Clare on Monday, November 11th, the drama group registered their third win on the road with another cleen sweep. Adjudicator Tom Byrne presented the group with the Best Play award, Mary Cox with Best Director, Bernie Maher with Best Actress to Bernie Maher, and Tom Holian with Best Actor.
In Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo on November 15th, the play finished second, sealing the group’s place in the All-Ireland finals. On the production side the play also received the Adjudicator’s Award for sound and lighting.
In the the final performance on the circuit in Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim last Sunday, Bernie Maher won another Best Actress Award and unusually the Best Director to Mary Cox but the play, somehow, was unplaced.
Ahead of the All-Ireland finals in Clonakilty on the weekend of December 6th to 8th, the group will give a performance in the Roscommon Arts Centre at 8 pm next Tuesday (December 3rd), supported by The Roscommon Ukulele Collective.
Do try to catch this history making play as Roscommon Drama Group go forth to their first All-Ireland One Act Finals.
Roscommon Drama Group also stages its major three-act autumn production this weekend entitled ‘Forbidden Fruit’ by local playwright Tom Costello and featuring a large local cast. The group would like to thank the many local businesses for their sponsorship throughout the year.