Magnificent Moyne Drama Group, with their production of John B Keane’s folk drama,”Sive”, won Best Overall Production in the Confined Section of the 31st annual County Tipperary Open Drama Festival in Holycross Community Centre last Saturday night to take the “Tipperary Star” Cup.
Holycross/Ballycahill DG, with three Festival wins behind them, together with other awards, and who have qualified for the All-Ireland Finals in Rossmore, West Cork, were runners up with “The God Of Carnage”.
Ms Susan Troy of Moyne Group was Best Producer in the Confined Section while Geraldine Delaney of Moyne was Best Actress and John Quinlan, Moyne, was Best Supporting Actor. Derek Doherty of Holycross/Ballycahill DG was Best Actor in the Confined Section and Jaqui Lacey was Best Supporting Actress for her role in “The God Of Carnage” by Holycross/Ballycahill DG in the Confined Section.
The adjudicator was Biddy White Lennon, who once starred as “Maggie” in the hit RTE soap, “The Riordans”. Moyne staged, ”Sive” with a girl in the role of Carthalawn (a theatre first, praised by the Adjudicator). The cast comprised of Maureen Claffey (Nanna Glavin), Geraldine Delaney (Mena Glavin), Edel Delaney (Sive), John Quinlan (Tomasin Sean Rua), John Fogarty (Mike Glavin), Eamonn Clohessy (Liam Scuab), Tommy Kennedy (Sean Dota), Liam Troy (Pats Bacach)and Michelle Maher King (Carthalawn).
The Stage crew comprised of Margaret Leahy and Mairead Clohessy (Stage Managers and Continuity). Design and Construction was by Andy Slattery, Eamonn Clohessy and PJ Claffey. Lighting and Sound was by Gerry Taylor and PJ Ryan. Set Painting and Photography was by Paddy Doyle. Props were responsibility of Patrick Moore. Costumes (Katie Chappell), Transport (TQ Electrical Water Pumps and Softeners). Director was Susan Troy from Thurles.
Over 100 students from Nenagh, Newport and Doon enjoyed the Moyne production of “Sive” which is on the Leaving Cert Syllabus this year and Ms White Lennon told them how fortunate they were to witness such a “convincing” performance, which would be a help to them.
The all-conquering Thurles Drama Group of last year, who have again reached the All-Ireland Finals in Athlone in the Open Section with Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons”, were second in Holycross.
Margaret McCormack Purcell of Thurles DG was voted Best Director and Mary Condron of Thurles DG won Best Actress Award in the Open Section in Holycross which enjoyed great groups and great attendances and high standards throughout a wonderful week of theatre for which the organising committee deserve much praise.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.