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Kerry Drama Festival Results 2024

Kerry Drama Festival 2024 Results

The 2024 Kerry Drama Festival at The Ivy Leaf Theatre has has surpassed all expectations!
This was the 36th year of the festival and for the first time in memory we had nine consecutive nights of fascinating drama.
Great crowds attended and the theatre was packed on a few nights and almost full houses on the other nights

The Kerry Drama Festival 2024 Results  are here:

AwardSectionWinnerDrama GroupPlay
Premier AwardOpenA view from The BridgeProsperous Dramatic SocietyA View from The Bridge
Best DirectorOpenConnie BroderickProsperous Dramatic SocietyA View from The Bridge
Best ActorOpenRobert MasseyProsperous Dramatic SocietyA View from The Bridge
Best ActressOpenCyrena HayesProsperous Dramatic SocietyA View from The Bridge
Best Supporting ActorOpenJames LenaneBrideview DramaAntigone
Best Supporting ActressOpenTrisha LowreyHolycross/Ballycahill Drama GroupDancing at Lughnasa
Best Visual PresentationOpenBrideview DramaBrideview DramaAntigone
Best Stage ManagementOpenNiamh WaterstoneSliabh Aughty Drama GroupSame Old Moon
Adjudicator’s AwardConfinedLuke O'HalloranMemory lane TheatreThe Trojan Women
Adjudicator’s AwardOpenCostumesBrideview DramaAntigone
Adjudicator’s AwardOpenThe Fight SceneKilmeen Drama GroupThe Lonesome West
Best Young Actor/ActressOpenEllen O'Malley Clontarf Drama GroupRadium Girls
Winning PlayConfinedFaith HealerD.A.D.SFaith Healer
Best DirectorConfinedPhilip McDonnellD.A.D.SFaith Healer
Best ActorConfinedOllie TurnerD.A.D.SFaith Healer
Best ActressConfinedEavan BrennanSliabh Aughty Drama GroupSame Old Moon
Best Supporting ActorConfinedNoel HoganSliabh Aughty Drama GroupSame Old Moon
Best Supporting ActressConfinedSinéad BroganSt. Patrick's Theatre GroupAgnes of God

The Adjudicator

The adjudicator Anna Walker gave a very informative and comprehensive critique of the plays at the end of each night.
Each night she emphasised the sheer volume of work which went in of the preparation of each play. Sometimes audiences forget to appreciate this so to be reminded was most welcome.

The standard was so high and she had a very difficult task of choosing the winners of the awards.
As well as doing a fantastic job adjudicating the plays, she was the subject of much admiration for her sartorial elegance. She managed to don a different “rig-out” on each of the nine nights!
(Male Adjudicators can get away with one or two suits)

And The Winner is…

A View from the bridge

 

For the second year in a row Prosperous Dramatic Society swept the top awards, this time for their excellent production of “A View from the Bridge” by Arthur Miller.
Robert Massey again played a flawless lead role earning him the Best Actor Award.

Thanks to The Committee

The committee and volunteers who made Kerry Drama Festival in 2024 possible are due great credit. We go and enjoy the performances and often don’t appreciate the vast amount of work and organisation that goes in to staging this event in the Castleisland.
Thanks to Aidan Reidy, Jerome Stack, Mary Murphy and the rest of the committe and volunteers who have put in so much effort to make this festival a success!

For information on all of the Drama Festivals throughout the country visit the Amateur Drama Council of Ireland website

Weare already looking forward to 2025! Go mbeirimid beo!

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