Lots of laugh­ter at Bray one-act drama fes­ti­val

Bray People - - NEWS -

THERE WAS laugh­ter a plenty in the Mer­maid Arts Cen­tre last week as 14 groups took to the stage in the 36th Bray One-Act Drama Fes­ti­val. Help­ing to lift those Jan­uary blues, there was a lovely at­mos­phere of laugh­ter and fun in this year's fes­ti­val which even af­ter 36 years con­tin­ues to not only sur­vive but keeps grow­ing and grow­ing now reach­ing even wider a field.

Two lo­cal groups swept the boards and were cho­sen by pop­u­lar ad­ju­di­ca­tor Dara Carolan as the win­ners of the fes­ti­val. Dalkey play­ers, he said had blown him away with their per­for­mance of ‘ Two’ a play by Jim Cartwright, with Tara Maguire and Alan Nuzum both claim­ing the Best Ac­tress and Best Ac­tor awards and Emer Casey the Best Di­rec­tor Award. Dalkey Play­ers were then awarded the top award of the Fes­ti­val, the Best Group award.

Cel­e­brat­ing their 10th An­niver­sary, Rath­new group Vil­lage Play­ers de­cided to take part in the Fes­ti­val for the first time ever, and couldn't be­lieve it when, their first time in com­pet­i­tive per­for­mance, they scooped the run­ner-up group award and over­all best com­edy award with Pat Baker’s play, ‘Over My Dead Body’.

Their ac­tors Shay Bren­nan and Marian Murphy were awarded Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tor and Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tress awards.

Pop­u­lar lo­cal man, Wil­liam Mans­field was award the Fred Lee Spe­cial Award for con­tri­bu­tion to drama. Other win­ners on the night were Rath­farn­ham The­atre Group ( The Ad­ju­di­ca­tors award), St Pa­trick’s Dra­matic So­ci­ety ( Light­ing/ De­sign), Mark Ayl­ward, St Pa­trick's Dra­matic So­ci­ety (Most Promis­ing Young Ac­tor).

Scoop­ing Spe­cial Eecog­ni­tion awards were Cen­tre Stage Mal­low, Del­gany ICA, Ciara Fen­ton (Del­gany Dra­matic So­ci­ety), Kathy Gal­lagher (New­town Drama Group).

Fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Peter Har­ris­son with Tara Maguire, Emer Casey and Alan Newsome of the Dalkey Play­ers who won best ac­tress, best di­rec­tion, best pro­duc­tion and best ac­tor awards.

Fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Peter Har­ri­son presents the ‘Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tor’ award to Shea Bren­nan.

Mark Ayl­ward re­ceives the ‘Most Promis­ing Young Ac­tor’ award from fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Peter Har­ri­son.

Maria Burke King ac­cepts the ‘Ad­ju­di­ca­tiors Spe­cial Award’ from fe­sit­val di­rec­tor Peter Har­ri­son on be­half of Laura Pom­fret and Liz Kee­gan.

Ciara Fen­ton is pre­sented with a cer­tifi­cate of merit for her ‘Phys­i­cal Com­edy’ by fes­ti­val sec­re­tary Joan Gregg.

Michael Stokes ac­cepts the award for ‘Light­ing and De­sign’ from fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Peter Har­ri­son.

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