Curtain comes down on another successful festival
THE CURTAIN came down on Saturday night to another very successful Bray One Act Drama Festival in the Mermaid, three performances having wowed audiences every night.
The festival, which has been running in Bray for an amazing 32 years, played to packed houses every evening.
Adjudicator, Peter O’Driscoll had nothing but praise for the festival commenting that it was one of the most organised events he had ever attended and added that it must be one of the best drama festivals in Ireland.
Mr. O’Driscoll had the unenviable job of selecting a winner from the 14 participating groups.
His popular choice was Local group, Bray Arts who performed the Robert Anderson Drama, ‘The last Act is a solo’.
Last Act is a 3 actor play featuring locals Rosary Morley, Martin Davidson and Jim Feehily.
Bray Arts Director, Derek Pullen said he was delighted to take the top honour. Bray Arts Rosary Morley scooped the Best Actress award for her amazing performance as Laura Cunningham.
Dalkey’s St Patricks Drama Society’s interpretation of David Foxton’s comedy ‘Breakfast for One,’ was another favourite of the adjudicators.
They took home several of the top awards, including Best Comedy, Runner up Best Group, Best Producer for Madeline Chapman, the Best Actor Award for Seymour Creswell for his performance as Vincent Signac, and a merit cert for young actress Amy Creswell.
Another successful Wicklow group was Arklow Based Masquerade, who performed Peter Tolan’s comedy Pillow Talk on the Tuesday evening. Arklow’s Stephen Duignan took home the Most promising young actor award on the night.
Ashford ICA were delighted to scoop the Best Set award for The Three Million Dollar Lunch, a Farce by Fred Carmichael which they performed on Wednesday evening.
Rounding up a very enjoyable week, festival Director Peter Harrison thanked the people of Bray for their support for the festival and presented the Fred Lee memorial trophy to Alan Mulligan for his ongoing contribution to the Festival since it began 32 years ago.
Actors and audiences made for Ardmore Studios at the end of the week’s performances to celebrate a successful week of entertainment.
Adjudicator Peter O’Drioscall and Festival Director Peter Harrison present the Best Actress Award to Rosary Morley for her performance in ‘The Last Act is a Solo’.
Adjudicators Peter O’Drioscall with St. Patrick’s Theatre Group, Dalkey, who won the most awards on the night including: Best Comedy, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor and Runner-up, Best Play. From left: Madelyn Erskine, Vincent Morley, Seymour Cresswell, Amy Cresswell and Peter O’Drioscall.
Claire Timmons and Hilda Roche, Ashford ICA receive their award for Best Design from Peter O’Drioscall.
Peter Harrison presents an award to Alan Mulligan for his contribution to drama in Bray.
Best Actor Seymour Creswell receives his award from Peter O’Drioscall.