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Two Fringe Workshops Announced

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The Fringe Festival 2015 will feature two workshops for budding playwrights and/or directors. Today we can announce the details of these workshops.

The first is entitled ‘The fifteen minute play – Writing for the Fringe‘ and will be hosted by John Corless, Director of the Claremorris Fringe. In this intensive two-day workshop writers will be encouraged to bring their writing materials with them, be it laptop or quill and inkwell, as the object of the exercise is that each participant will write a 15 minute play by its end. This workshop will take place on Saturday, February 28th, and Sunday, March 1st.

The second workshop will be ‘The Director as Artist‘ and will take place over two days, March 7th and 8th. Whilst set and costume designers pay a huge role, the final creators of the actual performance are the directors who draw all the pieces together on a space we call a stage. In this workshop, we will attempt to explore the nature and constitution of an ensemble using theatrical techniques and skills in the pursuit of excellence. The host will be poet and dramatist Terry McDonagh.

For more details on the Fringe Festival 2015 workshops, please visit the site’s workshops page.

Update: You can now register for either or both workshops at that same workshops page.









2015 Fringe Shortlist

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

2:18 Finchley
 Sarah Pitard – London, U.K.
Crumbs
 William Patterson – Bangor, Co. Down. N. Ireland
Failures
 Seamus McNally – Westport, Co. Mayo
Feline-High-Rise-Syndrome
 Rex McGregor – Auckland, New Zealand
Four Decembers Ago
 Phil Pearson – Cardiff, Wales
Hospitality
 Joe Cottrell-Boyce – London, U.K.
Mr. Average
 Stephen Lancefield – East Sussex, U.K.
Neustra Dama de las Vinas
 Bob Canning – California, USA
Sleeping Dogs
 Mena Mahon – Clogher, Co. Mayo.
The Ape Cage
 Paul Thompson – Derbyshire, U.K.
The Last Waltz
 Michael Goulding – Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo
The Visibility
 Ken Armstrong – Castlebar, Co. Mayo.








Claremorris Fringe Festival of Drama – 2014 Showcase

Drama – Thursday 2nd October @ 8.00pm

Linenhall Theatre Castlebar

THEATRE – SHORT PLAYS

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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!









Fringe Results 2014

Winners at the Claremorris Fringe 2014

Best Script – WINNER

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What Would Tippi Hedren Do (Hypothetically Speaking, Of Course)?
 Bob Canning – Petaluma, California, USA

Best Script – RUNNER UP

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Breakdown Assistance
 Tom Critch – Manchester, UK

Best Actor (Male)

Paul Dunning in ‘To You The Son I Never Had’ written by Phil Pearson.

Best Actor (Female)

Kate Hughes in ‘Let Me Share’ by Alan Balkema.

Best Director

Paula Dempsey – ‘Let Me Share’ by Alan Balkema.

Adjudicators’ Special Awards

Alan Biesty for his entrance as the mugger in What Would Tippi Hedren Do (Hypothetically Speaking, Of Course)? written by Bob Cannon.
Ann Groden 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.
Paul Dunning 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.
Michael Goulding 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.





Seamus Mallon Opened the 2014 Festival

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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.









2014 Fringe Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2014 Claremorris Fringe Festival of Drama has been announced. Plays will commence in the Dalton Inn approximately 15 mins after adjudication of main play in Town Hall finishes. Turnaround time between plays is 2 mins.

Friday April 4th

15 minutes after adjudication of main play in the Town Hall
There Was Once – A Portrait Of Constance Wilde
 Sandra Coffey – Salthill, Galway City, Ireland
Breakdown Assistance
 Tom Critch – Manchester, UK

Saturday April 5th

15 minutes after adjudication of main play in the Town Hall
The Handshake
 Olly Kendall – London, UK
Poisoned
 Anne Donnelly – Castlebar, Co. Mayo, Ireland

Sunday April 6th

15 minutes after adjudication of main play in the Town Hall
Fancy/Free
 Jane McNulty – Manchester, UK
To You, The Son I Never Had
 Philip Pearson – Manchester, UK

Monday April 7th

15 minutes after adjudication of main play in the Town Hall
Flop
 Jonathan Skinner – London, UK
What Would Tippi Hedren Do (Hypothetically Speaking, Of Course)?
 Bob Canning – Petaluma, California, USA

Tuesday April 8th

15 minutes after adjudication of main play in the Town Hall
Something About Her
 Mary T Bradford – Co. Cork, Ireland
Dance Night
 Ken Armstrong – Castlebar, Co. Mayo, Ireland

Wednesday April 9th

15 minutes after adjudication of main play in the Town Hall
My Rings For A Cushion
 Kate Ennals – Lough Gowna, Co. Cavan, Ireland
Last Orders
 Gillian Grattan – Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland

Thursday April 10th

15 minutes after adjudication of main play in the Town Hall
Let Me Share
 Alan Balkema – Ballsbridge, Dublin, Ireland
Chance Encounter
 Veronica Mackessy – Tramore, Co. Waterford, Ireland

Friday April 11th

15 minutes after adjudication of main play in the Town Hall
Separate Table
 Michael Joe Ginnelly – Mulranny, Co. Mayo, Ireland
Boldly Going
 Linda McLaughlin – Glasgow, Scotland