There will be a meeting for all cast and crew (set, stage, sound and lighting) in the Abbey Centre on Friday night to discuss the upcoming home shows and the All Ireland Final performance.

The draw has taken place for the RTE All Ireland Drama 2014. Ballyshannon Drama Society will present ‘The Gingerbread Lady’ in the Dean Crowe Theatre in Athlone on Friday the 2nd of May. The results of the competition will then be announced in a gala ceremony in the Radisson Hotel, Athlone, on Saturday May 10th.

The running order for the 9 shows in the Final is as follows:

  • Thursday 1 May – Ballyduff – ‘Curse of the Starving Class’
  • Friday 2 May – Ballyshannon – ‘The Gingerbread Lady’
  • Saturday 3 May – Cornmill – ‘The Devil’s Ceili’
  • Sunday 4 May – Nenagh – The Outgoing Tide’
  • Monday 5 May – The Moat Club, Naas – ‘The Steward of Christendom’
  • Tuesday 6 May – Thurles – ‘A View from the Bridge’
  • Wednesday 7 May – Bradan – ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf’
  • Thursday 8 May – Prosperous – ‘Boeing Boeing’
  • Friday 9 May – Wexford – ‘Other Desert Cities’

Rachel O’Connor (‘Evy’), Elaine Gillespie & Paddy Campbell (Letterkenny Drama Society), with Mary Daly and Ailis Mc Intyre (Ballyshannon Drama Society) at the final night of the Carrickmore Drama Festival

‘The Gingerbread Lady’ came first in the Carrickmore Drama Festival last night, giving Ballyshannon Drama Society 12 points securing their place in the final of the All-Ireland Drama Festival. In addition to winning the Open section, they also took home the Blue Riband trophy for the top scoring show. The Best Actor award went to Richard Hurst for his role as Jimmy Perry. John Travers collected the award for Best Décor. ‘The Gingerbread Lady’ was nominated in a number of categories: Best Actress (for Rachel O’Connor as Evy O’Meara), Best Costume, Moment of Theatre (for the first meeting of Evy and Polly), Supporting Actress (for Patricia Keane as Toby Landau and Sinead Luke as Polly O’Meara), Stage Management and Lighting. Meanwhile, in the Glenamaddy Drama Festival, Sinead Luke won the award for Best Supporting Actress, the production won Best Set and Best Lighting, and there were nominations for Rachel as Best Actress and for Best Sound.

‘The Gingerbread Lady’ won the award for Best Décor in the Strabane Drama Festival for the use of photographs of Evy hanging out with Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack, as well as the production of her record sleeve. Rachel O’Connor was nominated for Best Actress and Sinead Luke was nominated for the Most Promising Award.

'The Gingerbread Lady' programme cover

Ballyshannon Drama Society wait with bated breath for the last sets of results of the All Ireland Amateur Drama Festival to come in. Ballyshannon are awaiting three sets of results this weekend: Strabane on Friday 28th of March, Glenamaddy and Mid-Ulster (Carrickmore) on Saturday 28th of March. The results of these festivals will determine whether or not ‘The Gingerbread Lady’ will proceed to the All Ireland Final in the Dean Crowe Theatre in May. Results will be posted online here as soon as they are known.

IMG_2124zipThis week sees the cast and crew of ‘The Gingerbread Lady’ make their final appearances on the All Ireland 3 Act Drama Festival circuit. They will be in The Alley Theatre, Strabane, on Tuesday night and The Patrician, Carrickmore, Co. Tyrone on Wednesday night.