Reigning All-Ireland Open Drama champions, Palace Players from Fermoy, were awarded first place in the open section of the 2016 West Cork Drama Festival for their production of Tom Murphy’s The Gigli Concert.
Skibbereen Theatre Society had their third win on the festival circuit in Rossmore for their sensitive and gripping production of Mike Finn’s The Quiet Moment, to qualify for the All-Ireland Confined Drama finals in Castleblaney, Co Monaghan, next month.
They scooped several awards as Hilda Hegarty won an award for Best Producer, Fachtna O’Driscoll won Best Actor and Ger Minihane won Best Supporting Actor.
Adjudicator Walker Ewart, who informed and entertained audiences throughout the festival with his nightly adjudications, complimented the high standard of the ten plays he saw, as well as the festival committee for their successful organisation of the festival.
In the open section, Nenagh Players with William Gibson’s The Miracle Worker came second.
The local Kilmeen Drama Group was awarded third place for their hilarious production of Ray Cooney’s Run For Your Wife and, like Palace Players, they are bound for the All-Ireland Open Drama finals in Athlone in May, having chalked up two wins, two seconds and three third placings on the circuit.
Second place in the confined section went to Take 5 from Castleyons for their production of Mark Medoff’s Children of Lesser God. Third place was awarded to Shannonside for their production of the popular Jimmy Murphy play Kings of the Kilburn High Road.
Kilmeen’s Run For Your Wife comedy will be on stage again in Rossmore this Good Friday and Easter Sunday (Tel 086-4481086 for booking), while Sean Keane will be in concert there on Monday night.