Claremorris Drama Festival 2015 - 26 Days To Go!
Seamus Mallon Opens 2014 Festival
2013 Opening Night
2013 Festival Launch
2012 Adjudicator - Paula Dempsey
Sliabh Aughty Perform
Opening Play for 2012
The 2015 Claremorris Drama Festival will be held from the 27th of February to the 9th of March 2015.
The full line-up is now available on our Schedule page.
The Adjudicator will be Irene O’Meara.
Anyone who wishes to become a Patron or Sponsor please contact any member of the Committee.
For more details see our Schedule page.
The shortlist for the 2015 Claremorris Fringe Festival of Drama has been announced!
For full details on this year’s competition, please see the new Fringe Festival website
You can now submit your script on the new Claremorris Fringe Festival website at fringefestival.ie.
The closing date for the receipt of entries is December 15th.
Drama – Thursday 2nd October @ 8.00pm
Linenhall Theatre Castlebar
THEATRE – SHORT PLAYS
The Claremorris Fringe Festival of Drama was established in 2013 and has become a major world event in just two years. It is a competition for new 15- minute plays.
The 2013 event was won by Castlebar man Ken Armstrong with his play The Doubles Partner. The 2014 winner was Bob Canning from California USA. Here, for you delectation and delight is a representative sample of the plays that featured in the 2014 event:
Separate Table by Michael Joe Ginnelly, performed by Fabulous Brown Feathers
What Would Tippi Hedren Do (Hypothetically Speaking, Of Course)? by Bob Canning, performed by The Fig Leaf Ensemble
Dance Night by Ken Armstrong, performed by The Doubles Partnership
The Handshake by Olly Kendall, performed by Half A Breakfast Theatre Company
To You The Son I Never Had by Phil Pearson, performed by The Covie Players
Poisoned by Anne Donnelly, performed by Kilmeena Drama Group
The words ‘short and sweet’ were never more appropriate!
Kilmuckridge Drama Group
Photo: © Michael Donnelly
Congratulations to Kilmuckridge Drama Group who won the 2014 All-Ireland Confined Drama Finals in Claremorris for their performance of Conor McPherson’s “The Weir”.
Full results are on our Results page.
Winners at the Claremorris Fringe 2014
Best Script – WINNER
Best Script – RUNNER UP
Best Actor (Male)
in ‘To You The Son I Never Had’ written by Phil Pearson.
Best Actor (Female)
in ‘Let Me Share’ by Alan Balkema.
– ‘Let Me Share’ by Alan Balkema.
Adjudicators’ Special Awards
for his entrance as the mugger in What Would Tippi Hedren Do (Hypothetically Speaking, Of Course)? written by Bob Cannon.
for her fall into a coffin in Anne Walsh Donnelly’s ‘Poisoned’ directed by Helen Joyce.
Rain Special Effects in ‘Separate Table’ by Michael Joe Ginnelly, directed by Rosaleen Heraty
for his throwing of a baby over a bridge in Phil Pearson’s ‘To You The Son I Never Had,’ directed by Paul Dunning and Alanna Ní Mhíocháin.
for his stand-in performance as Eddie in ‘Something About Her’ by Mary Bradford which he also directed.
The Audience Trophy for the most enjoyable play went to ‘Poisoned’ by Anne Donnelly, presented by Kilmeena Drama Group, directed by Helen Joyce.
Congratulations to all.
Claremorris Drama Festival Committee were delighted to have the opening of the 2014 All-Ireland Confined Finals in Claremorris performed by Seamus Mallon.
Seamus Frederick Mallon (born 17 August 1936) was the first Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland from 1998 to 2001. He was also the Deputy Leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party from 1979 to 2001. Seamus was educated at the Abbey Christian Brothers Grammar School in Newry and St. Patrick’s Grammar School, Armagh.
As a career he chose teaching, becoming headmaster of St. James’s Primary School in Markethill. Seamus was also involved in drama and a member of Newpoint Players Newry. Later in his illustrious career, Mr. Seamus Mallon was one of the architects of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, and helped instigate the road map to the peace settlement, we have today.
Seamus was also involved in the Gaelic Athletic Association, playing Gaelic football for County Armagh.
Newpoint Players [Newry and Warrenpoint] were formed in 1946 shortly after the war. For most of the years since, the drama group has produced at least one full-length play a year, frequently several other productions and has boasted a strong team of actors, producers and back-stage players.
Seamus produced many plays for Newpoint Players including “The Borstal Boy” by Brendan Behan and many musicals including “West Side Story” and “Oklahoma”. He also produced plays for The Armagh Theatre Group including “The Hostage”.
In the early sixties Seamus Mallon directed Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town”, a production still remembered fondly by some members and patrons. It won everything, including the society’s second All-Ireland title in Athlone.
The shortlist for the 2014 Claremorris Fringe Festival of Drama has been announced. See our Fringe Festival Page for details
There is an interesting article on the itsyourline.com website about our adjudicator for the 2014 All-Ireland confined finals. In it Geoff discusses his involvement in the amateur drama movement as an actor, then director and now as an adjudicator.
You can read the article here: http://www.itsyourline.com/index.php/in-the-adjudicators-chair-from-st-pats-to-roscommon/
And you can follow Geoff on twitter here: https://twitter.com/GeoffOKeeffe1