Mayor of County Galway, Councillor Michael Maher was high in his praise for Claregalway Festival of Drama who completed their thirtieth year at Claregalway Leisure Centre.
Cllr Maher added his appreciation to the hardworking team that made the festival so successful and to acknowledge their success in thirty years of Drama made a special presentation to Festival Director Seamus McNulty who accepted on behalf of the festival committee.
Claregalway Festival of Drama concluded with the Best Overall Production going to Thurles Drama Group for their presentation of The Seafarer by Conor McPherson.
Thurles Drama Group also took the best play in the Open Section and Margaret McCormack of Thurles Drama Group took the Best Director (Open) award.
Thurles also took the Best Actor award with David McElgunn taking the award for portraying the part of Mr Lockhart in The Seafarer. Liam Ryan who played the part of Richard Harkin in The Seafarer won the Best Supporting Actor award.
The Best Actress Award in the Open Section went to Maura Clancy of Corofin Dramatic Society who played the role of “Nettie Cleary” in The Subject was Roses by Frank D Gilroy. The Best Supporting Actress Award n the Open Section was won by Aisling Farrelly of Prosperous Drama Society for portraying the part of Karen Deacy in “Deadline” by Robert Massey.
In the Confined Section Dunmore Amateur Dramatic Society DADS took the Best Play in their section with The Weir by Conor McPherson. George Bruen took the Best Director Award in the Confined Section. The Best Actor Award in the Confined Section went to Martin Silke of DADS who played the part of Jack in The Weir.
Best Supporting Actor Award in the Confined Section was won by Nigel Cassidy and Michael Tevenan of Glenamaddy Players for portraying the part of Manola Costazuela and Jesus Costazuela in The Odd Couple by Neil Simon.
The Best Actress Award in the Cnfined Section went to Liz Hession of Compantas Lir for portraying the part of Ethel Savage in The Curious Savage by Joan Walkin of DADS for portraying the part of Valerie in The Weir“.
Adjudicator’s Award was won by Robert Massey of Prosperous Drama Society for writing their play Deadline. Best Stage Crew was won by Lifford Players for their presentation of Shadowlands by William Nicholson. Best Lighting was won by Kevin Glynn of Corofin Dramatic Society for The Subject was Roses“. Best setting was won by Thurles Drama Group for their presentation of The Seafarer.