Results from the Mid Ulster Drama Festival

I was full of good intentions about covering the 43rd drama festival every night, but the reality of getting home, making dinner, firing it into me, getting changed and driving up to Carrickmore before 8pm and then not getting home ‘til after 11pm left little time.

Anyway Saturday night was a great one. The award ceremony followed the Corofin Dramatic Society’s performance of John Patrick Shanley’s ‘Doubt, A Parable’. The Clare players did a great job, with another excellent set. The standard of sets for an amateur festival was unreal this year. The subject of ‘Doubt’ was very timely given the ongoing crisis in the Catholic Church, the play asks what happens when you suspect a case of clerical abuse, but have no way to prove it.

To my own frustration I managed to miss Lifford Player’s production of ‘Philadelphia, Here I Come’, which turned out to be the best play of the festival by all accounts. To be honest I was a bit wrecked by Thursday and the fact I’d studied ‘Philadelphia’ inside out at school and seen it numerous times before put me off going. But I hear it might be own again up at the Alley Arts in Strabane, so it might be worth going.

Anyway the results from Saturday are as follows:

OPEN SECTION
1ST LIFFORD PLAYERS – ‘PHILADELPHIA, HERE I COME’
2ND CORNMILL THEATRE CO – ‘SHINING CITY’
3RD COROFIN DRAMATIC SOCIETY – ‘DOUBT, A PARABLE’
Best performance of a play by an Irish author : LIFFORD PLAYERS
Best director : GUS WARD (CORNMILL THEATRE CO)
Best setting : COROFIN DRAMATIC SOCIETY
Best decor : COROFIN DRAMATIC SOCIETY
Most imaginative lighting : LIFFORD PLAYERS
Best stage management : OMAGH PLAYERS
Best moment in theatre : LIFFORD PLAYERS
Adjudicators award : SEAMUS O’ROURKE (CORNMILL THEATRE CO)
Best actor : PATRICK McBREARTY (LIFFORD PLAYERS)
Best supporting actor : LEO McBRIDE (LIFFORD PLAYERS)
Best actress : MARGARET McCARRAGHER (BELVOIR PLAYERS)
Best supporting actress : JACQUI McCAFFERY (OMAGH PLAYERS)
CONFINED SECTION
1st FERNS DRAMATIC SOCIETY – “TRANSLATIONS”
2nd POMEROY – “ALL MY SONS”
3rd BACKBURNERS – “GENTLE ISLAND”
Best director : CLODAGH CECIL (FERNS DRAMATIC SOCIETY)
Best actor : GARY HARGAN (NEWTOWNSTEWERT BACKBURNERS)
Best supporting actor : PLUNKETT McALEER (POMEROY PLAYERS)
Best actress : MAIREAD EASTWOOD (POMEROY PLAYERS)
Best supporting actress : CIARA CONNOLLY (BACKBURNERS)
Best setting of the festival : POMEROY PLAYERS
Most imaginative lighting : FERNS DRAMATIC SOCIETY
Most effective use of costume : FERNS DRAMATIC SOCIETY
Best moment in theatre : NEWTOWNSTEWERT BACKBURNERS
Adjudicators award : CREGGAN DRAMA CIRCLE

Audience award : POMEROY PLAYERS

Michael Twomey proved a popular adjudicator over the course of the festival. I was a bit worried early on that he was being too nice to some groups, but speaking to some patrons afterward, the reaction to his choices for the awards were very satisfactory. One person I spoke to in fact remarked, he felt Mr Twomey’s choices were bang on, the closest to what he himself would have chosen in 30 years of attending the festival. The Cork adjudicator also explained the break down of the scoring system for the awards which went down well, which went as follows: acting 40%, directing 35%, presentation (costumes, lighting etc.),15% and dramatic achievement 10%.

The festival ended in typical fashion with players and patrons recalling poems and songs into the wee hours, the craic was mighty on Saturdau night.

Those interested can follow the progression of the groups on the Amateur Drama Council of Ireland website. The festival committee have also set up a new site this year which is fairly decent. The results went up promptly (though some were incorrect!), but despite the short comings its a step in the right direction, check out the photos here.

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About AldousDuke
Mid Tyrone journalist, not so freelance any more.

One Response to Results from the Mid Ulster Drama Festival

  1. The four-part breakdown of scores is standard, mandated by the ADCI and used by all affiliated festvals. The AUDF uses the same system – although IIRC there was a time when they did not, which caused some confusion.

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