Monthly Archives: March 2016

Results from the Bangor and Ards Drama Festival: First Place Overall Best Director: Conor Beattie Nomination for Best Actress: Trish Keane Nomination for Best Actress: Rachel O’Connor Nomination for Best Actor: Richard Hurst Nomination for Best Costume Nomination for Best Décor

‘Old Times’ is going to Athlone! After 8 shows in 8 different festivals, we have secured our place in the All Ireland Final, but before that we are looking forward to returning home to the Abbey Arts Centre for another performance in late April. We would like to thank everyone who has supported us over the last 5 months, from our very uncertain beginnings (we initially thought we wouldn’t go out on the circuit at all this year) to now. We are a community amateur drama group, and we could not achieve anything without the help and encouragement of you, the local and wider community: the audience members, the well-wishers, the costumiers, the furniture suppliers, the theatre staff, the critics,…

RESULTS FROM THE 64TH BALLYSHANNON DRAMA FESTIVAL   BLUE RIBAND: ‘One Man, Two Guv’nors’, Prosperous OPEN FIRST PLACE (OPEN): ‘One Man, Two Guv’nors’, Prosperous SECOND PLACE (OPEN): ‘Translations’,  Butt Drama Circle THIRD PLACE (OPEN): ‘The Salvage Shop’, Castleblaney BEST PRODUCER (OPEN): Lurlene Duggan, Prosperous BEST ACTOR (OPEN): Robert Massey, Prosperous BEST ACTRESS (OPEN): Amanda Ryan, Prosperous CONFINED FIRST PLACE (CONFINED): ‘The Gigli Concert’, DADS SECOND (CONFINED): ‘Factory Girls’, Newtownstewart THIRD (CONFINED): ‘Sunshine Boys’. Phoenix Players BEST PRODUCER (CONFINED): Philp MacDonnell, DADS BEST ACTRESS (CONFINED): Briege McSorley, Newtownstewart BEST ACTOR (CONFINED): Ollie Turner, DADS   BILLY MYLES AUDIENCE AWARD: ‘One Man, Two Guv’nors’ by Prosperous BEST SET: ‘One Man, Two Guv’nors’ by Prosperous BEST STAGE MANAGER: Prosperous, Marie Flanagan LIGHTING: DADS, Kieran Dowling…

Please note the earlier start of 7.30pm for tonight’s play, ‘The Gigli Concert’ presented by DADS. Patrick Sutton will give his adjudication on the production directly after the play. There will then be a 20 minute break before the Awards Ceremony begins. Results will be posted on ballyshannondrama.com and our Facebook page directly after the ceremony has ended.

Sunday 20th March, 7.30pm DADS (Confined) present “The Gigli Concert” by Tom Murphy J.P.W. King is an Englishman holed up in his Dublin office. He offers his services as a practitioner of ‘Dynamatology’, an organisation that promises spiritual healing and the ultimate in self-realisation to the wounded soul. But JPW himself is wounded, what with his dependence on vodka, the demands of Mona, his mistress, the unobtainable love of his life, Helen, and the big one: Christ, how is he going to get through today? There is a knock on his door: he has a client, an Irishman who wants to sing like Gigli. Prices – €15/€12