Cur­tain comes down on an­other suc­cess­ful fes­ti­val

Bray People - - Bray One-act Play Festival Awards -

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.

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