Roscommon Drama Group started out on the trail to Clonakilty for the All-Ireland One Act Finals at the Ballina Drama Festival with an award-winning performance of Tennessee Williams’ ’27 Wagons Full of Cotton’.
Set in the Deep South and telling the story of malice, greed and revenge, the group captured all the elements of the play. There were sterling stage performances from Bernie Maher as Flora, a southern belle dominated by her husband Jake, played by Con Connolly. Jake burns down a neighbour’s business –owned by Silva Vicarro – who is in competition with Jake. Silva, played by Tom Holian, takes his revenge on Jake and on the innocent Flora as the play progresses.
Featuring a very strong cast under the direction of Mary Cox, backed up by a very large backstage crew, the Roscommon Drama Group was to get its Clonakilty mission off to a flying start.
When the adjudicator Walker Ewart gave his decision there were celebrations galore among the Rossies and their band of supporters as Bernie Maher won best actress, followed by Tom Holian as best actor and the icing on the cake as the play won the Confined Competition and Mary Cox won the best director award.
A great start with a win and twelve points in the bank on the first outing of six to lay a solid foundation for the weeks ahead as the group strives to qualify for Clonakilty in December.
On Sunday next Roscommon Drama Group take to the stage for the second leg of their journey in the Touchline Theatre at Cavan Rugby Club.