There will be a meeting of the Ballyshannon Drama Society in the Abbey Centre on Wednesday, April 2nd at 8pm.
‘The Gingerbread Lady’ will compete in the 62nd Ulster Final on April 7th in The Mill Theatre, Newtonabbey.
‘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.
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.
This 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.
‘The Gingerbread Lady’ came third in the Shercock Drama Festival, with a Most Promising Award for Sinead Luke as Polly Landau and two adjudicator’s awards, one for Lighting and one for Conor Beattie. This result continues the team’s successful run of being placed in every festival. The week ahead sees the production travelling to Strabane on Tuesday and Carrickmore on Wednesday, with results of the remaining three festivals (including Glenamaddy) due in by Saturday 28th March.
Fresh from a strong performance in Shercock on Tuesday night, cast and crew of ‘The Gingerbread Lady’ (whih usually number around 16 people) hit the road again today for the Glenamaddy Drama Festival. The show begins at 8pm in the Community Hall. The adjudicator at the festival is Tom Byrne.