The 57th annual Glenamaddy Drama Festival entertained and enthralled audiences.
Chairperson Peter Keaveney and Festival Director Coman Keaveny thanked all who contributed to the success of the festival, including adjudicator Padraic McIntyre.
Mr. McIntyre thanked the Festival Committee for their hospitality and for making his stay in Glenamaddy memorable. He complimented the groups who had provided such high quality plays.
The Premier Award for Overall Best Play in both Confined and Open Sections went to Nenagh Players for their production of A Duet for One by Tom Kempinski. The Cup, which is the Jim Pete Cup, was presented to the Nenagh Players by Jim Keaveney.
In both sections the play that won each section also won Best Director. In the Open Section Nenagh Players won the best production and the Best Director award went to Donal Bray. In the Confined Section the best production went to Glenamaddy Players for their presentation of The Good Father by Christian O’Reilly, and Best Director went to Coman Keaveny. The trophy for the Best Production in Confined Section is the Margaret Keaveny Memorial Cup and was presented by her husband Donnie Keaveny to Glenamaddy Players’ Director Coman Keaveny, who is Margaret’s son.
In the Open Section the Best Actor award went to Brian Sheridan for his role as Eric Swan in Bridge Drama Group’s production of Cash on Delivery. The Best Actress award went to Ciara O’Sullivan for her role as Stephanie Abrahams in Nenagh Players’ production, Duet for One. The Best Supporting Actor went to Martin O’Donohue for his role as Mr. Byrne in Corofin Dramatic Society’s production of Big Maggie. The Best Supporting Actress went to Pam Blake for her role as Katie Poplin in Corofin Dramatic Society’s production of Big Maggie.
In the Confined Section, the Best Actor award went to Cian Boyle for his role as Tim in Glenamaddy Players’ production of The Good Father. The Best Actress award went to Tina Ward for her role as Jane in Glenamaddy Players’ production of The Good Father. The Best Supporting Actor went to Francis Brennan for his role as Tilden in Phoenix Players’ production of Buried Child. The Best Supporting Actress went to Eavan Brennan for her role as Diane in Sliabh Aughty Drama Group’s production of Moonglow.
The trophy for the Best Supporting Actress in the Confined Section is the Maria Harris Maloney Memorial Cup and this was presented by Marie Coneran.
For presentation, the awards in the Open Section went to Stella Fleming for the Lighting in Compantas Lir, Claregalway’s production of The Glass Menagerie. The Best Sound award went to Daragh O’Connell, again of Compantas Lir. Best Set in this section went to Lar Duffy for Kilrush Drama Group’s production of The Weir. In the Confined Section, Best Lighting went to Declan Walsh, Coman Keaveny and Pat McHugh from Glenamaddy Players with their production of The Good Father. The John L. Garvey Cup for Best Lighting in this section was presented to Declan Walsh by John L.’s widow, Pauline.
Best Sound went to Eoin Gallagher, Fionn Feeley and Martin Lynch for Phoenix Players’ production of Buried Child. Best Set in the Confined Section went to Tony Donaghy for Lislea Dramatic Players’ production of The Kings of Kilburn High Road. Adjudicator awards went to Fiona Hogan for her role as the girl in Sliabh Aughty’s production of Moonglow and for the Wake Scene in Kilmeen’s production of The Shaughran.
Festival President Patricia Keady closed proceedings by thanking the committee, adjudicator, sponsors, audiences and everyone who contributed to the success of the festival.