Wexford People - - NEWS - By ANNA HAYES

LO­CAL THESPIANS Bridge Drama Group were the big Wex­ford win­ners at the re­cent All Ire­land Drama Fi­nals in Athlone, where they fin­ished third over­all, win­ning two awards and se­cur­ing a num­ber of nom­i­na­tions.

Wex­ford was strongly rep­re­sented at the fi­nals with three groups tak­ing to the stage of the Dean Crowe stage over the course of the ten days.

Kil­muck­ridge Drama Group pre­sented their pro­duc­tion of Conor McPher­son’s ‘The Sea­farer’ which saw Michael Mur­phy re­ceiv­ing a nom­i­na­tion for Best Ac­tor for his role as James ‘Sharky’ Harkin. Mairead Cummings was also nom­i­nated in the cat­e­gory of Best Stage Man­age­ment.

Wex­ford Drama Group per­formed David Auburn’s Pulitzer Prize win­ning play, ‘Proof ’.

2016 champions Bridge Drama con­tin­ued their win­ning ways, with their pro­duc­tion of Michael Cooney’s ‘Cash on De­liv­ery’, fin­ish­ing in third place over­all.

Group stal­wart Yvonne Mur­phy won the award for Best Stage Man­age­ment. Lead ac­tor Brian Sheri­dan re­ceived a Best Ac­tor nom­i­na­tion for his per­for­mance also also won one of three ADCI/DLI Schol­ar­ships. Nom­i­na­tions were also re­ceived by Tr­ish Doyle for Best Di­rec­tor; and Myles Sun­der­land and Mairead Ryan for Best Stage Set­ting.

Speak­ing af­ter the awards cer­e­mony, di­rec­tor Tr­ish Doyle said the group had greatly en­joyed the oc­ca­sion.

‘We knew we had a good ad­ju­di­ca­tion but Pros­per­ous, the win­ners, have been in the top three for many years. We were de­lighted with third place be­cause farce is so dif­fi­cult to main­tain con­sis­tency. We had a few quiet drinks to cel­e­brate you can imag­ine!’ she laughed.

This is the group’s third time reach­ing the All Ire­land fi­nals - they were crowned All Ire­land Champions in 2016 and pre­vi­ously picked up awards in 2013 as well.

Tr­ish added that there was a num­ber of new faces in­volved in the pro­duc­tion here.

‘It’s my first time di­rect­ing on the cir­cuit; it was Myles’ and Mairead’s first time do­ing Stage Set­ting (which was built by Pat Cur­ran) for the cir­cuit; and we had a few new cast mem­bers as well. We were all de­lighted for Yvonne Mur­phy - she’s been a mem­ber of the group since its in­cep­tion 20 years and this is great recog­ni­tion for her years of ded­i­ca­tion.’

Yvonne Mur­phy.

Brian Sheri­dan.

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