Monthly Archives: March 2017

Well done to Richard Hurst on taking home the award for Best Actor in Bangor last night. In addition to that, the backstage crew and tech team finally got recognition for all their hard work and expertise with the award for Best Technical Excellence, which includes stage management and set changes. Rachel O’Connor received a nomination for Best Supporting Actress. More results tonight from Cavan! Results from Bangor  First: Clarence  Second: Hollywood   Third: Ballyshannon

Congratulations to all our winners, and well done to all the groups who participated in this year’s festival. The standard across all nine nights of drama was exceptionally high, and our adjudicator Mr. Vince had some very tough decisions to make! (Photos: John Fallon).

And the Winners are… THE PATSY CROAL BLUE RIBAND: Bradán Players, ‘Blackbird’ OPEN FIRST PLACE: Bradán Players, ‘Blackbird’ SECOND PLACE: Prosperous, ‘The Play About The Baby’ THIRD PLACE: Corn Mill, ‘Philadelphia, Here I Come’ BEST PRODUCER: Reidín Dunne, Bradán BEST ACTOR: George Hogan, Bradán BEST ACTRESS: Amanda Ryan, Prosperous CONFINED FIRST PLACE: D.A.D.S., ‘The Odd Couple’ SECOND: Newtownstewart, ‘The Hen Night Epiphany’ THIRD: Phoenix, ‘The Third Policeman’ BEST PRODUCER: Peter Davey, Tubbercurry BEST ACTRESS: Gillian Mayse, ‘Anita’ in ‘The Hen Night Epiphany’ BEST ACTOR: Damian O’Keefe, ‘Felix’, in ‘The Odd Couple’ BILLY MYLES AUDIENCE AWARD: D.A.D.S., ‘The Odd Couple’ BEST SET: Bradán Players, ‘Blackbird’ BEST STAGE MANAGER: Caoimhe Gallagher, Tubbercurry LIGHTING: Ciarán Healy, Prosperous ADJUDICATOR’S AWARDS 1) Corn Mill – Gar Public and Gar…

Congratulations to John Fallon on being immortalised in the Ballyshannon Drama Society Hall of Fame at a ceremony in the Abbey Arts Centre last night. John has a long history of involvement in local drama, most recently acting as the resident festival photographer. We’re delighted to have this opportunity to honour all his contributions, accomplishments and achievements…and to get him in front of the camera for a change! A native of Strokestown, Co. Roscommon, John came to the area in September 1980 to take up a teaching post in St. Macartan’s National School in Bundoran. He performed in a number of productions with the Bundoran Drama Group in the 1980s: ‘The Righteous Are Bold’, ‘Key For Two’, ‘Patrick Pierce Motel’, ‘See How They…

Closing the Ballyshannon Drama Festival this year we have Prosperous presenting Edward Albee’s ‘The Play About The Baby’. Please note the earlier start time of 7.30pm to allow for the awards ceremony, which will begin shortly after the adjudication. The play opens in a version of Eden, with the Boy and Girl. She is pregnant. The Girl gives birth to the baby. Soon, a middle aged couple, the Man and Woman appear…Witty, cryptic, part puzzle play, part vaudeville, the play is essential Albee, and shows the major American dramatist – now deceased – continuing a career of experimentation that has always been very European in its absurdist embrace and subsequent disregard for naturalism. This funny, harrowing dramatic fable, which features a…

Tonight we welcome Corn Mill back to Ballyshannon with ‘Philadelphia Here I Come’ by Brian Friel. ‘Philadelphia Here I Come’ is a 1964 play written by Brian Friel. It is set in the fictional town of Ballybeg. It centres around Garet (Gar) O’ Donnell’s proposed move to America. Gar is protrayed by two characters, Gar Public (the Gar that people see, talk to and talk about) and Gar Private (the unseen man, the man within, the conscience). It’s essentially about exile, the exile of emigration, the exile of emotional disconnect, the exile of choosing security over love and the exile of living fantasy rather than reality. The play is a tragic comedy with many comical scenes.       MADGE – MAURA…