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The 67th Annual Newry Drama Festival finished at the weekend after nine nights of drama on stage from Amateur Dramatic groups the length and breadth of Ireland.

Adjudicator Brian Marjoribanks had the unenviable task of selecting the award winners, but after deliberating the 2019 Premier Award was awarded to Prosperous Dramatic Society for their  production of Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen (Version by Rebecca Lenkiewicz.)

In 2019 it really was a case of keeping the best to last with Prosperous taking to the stage on the final night of the festival.

Prosperous Dramatic Society took the Premier Award at Newry Drama Festival 2019 as well as Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Lighting. Included front from left: Brian Marjoribanks, Adjudicator; Charlie Smyth, President, Newry Drama Festival; T.J Duggan, Director, Prosperous Dramatic Society and Maire Donaghey, Chairperson, Newry Drama Festival. Back from left: Prosperous Dramatic Society members Roisin Gorman, Malcolm Taylor, Neil McFadden, Robert Massey, Gerard O'Shea, Ciaran Healy, Connie Bordick, Marie Houlihan.
Prosperous Dramatic Society took the Premier Award at Newry Drama Festival 2019 as well as Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Lighting. Included front from left: Brian Marjoribanks, Adjudicator; Charlie Smyth, President, Newry Drama Festival; T.J Duggan, Director, Prosperous Dramatic Society and Maire Donaghey, Chairperson, Newry Drama Festival. Back from left: Prosperous Dramatic Society members Roisin Gorman, Malcolm Taylor, Neil McFadden, Robert Massey, Gerard O'Shea, Ciaran Healy, Connie Bordick and Marie Houlihan.

Runners up were Bunclody/Kilmyshall Drama Group with their production of Moonglow by Kim Carney and taking third place were Newpoint Players with a production of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot. 

Other awards received by the winning production team at Prosperous included Best Lighting, Best Actor and Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

The Awards

Premier Award

Prosperous Dramatic Society with their production of Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen (Version by Rebecca Lenkiewicz)

Runner Up

Bunclody/Kilmyshall with their production of Moonglow by Kim Carney

Third

Newpoint Players with their production of Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

Bunclody/ Kilmyshall Drama Group perform Moonglow by Kim Carney at the 2019 Newry Drama Festival. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Runners up, Bunclody/ Kilmyshall Drama Group perform Moonglow by Kim Carney at the 2019 Newry Drama Festival. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

Fourth

Theatre 3 Newtownabbey with their production of Gaslight by Patrick Hamilton

Audience Award

Bunclody/Kilmyshall Drama Group for Moonglow

Best Decor

 Bunclody/Kilmyshall for Moonglow.

Best Stage Manager

Liam Farrell Bunclody/Kilmyshall, Moonglow.

Best Technical Production

 Bunclody/Kilmyshall for Moonglow.

Best Producer

Kieran Tyrell Bunclody/Kilmyshall for Moonglow.

Best Moment of Theatre

Third placed Newpoint Players perform Waiting For Godot by Samuel Beckett at Newry Drama Festival 2019. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Third placed Newpoint Players perform Waiting For Godot by Samuel Beckett at Newry Drama Festival 2019. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

 Bunclody/Kilmyshall production of Moonglow.

Most Ambitious Choice

Slemish Players with their production of Scenes from the Big Picture by Owen McCafferty

Best Lighting

 Prosperous Dramatic Society with their production of Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen (Version by Rebecca Lenkiewicz)

Best Actor

Prosperous Player Robert Massey as Dr. Thomas Stockman in Enemy of the People

Best Actress

Theatre 3 Player, Fiona Mort for her role as Mrs Manningham in Gaslight

Best Actor in Supporting Role

Prosperous Dramatic Player Gerard O’Shea as Aslaksen in Enemy of the People

Best Actress in Supporting Role

Bart Player Sandra Ardill as Mrs Fraser in Stepping Out

Best Music and Sound

Bart Players -  for the Piano Playing Sequence in Stepping Out

Best Young Actor/ Actress in Supporting Role

Ballymoney Literary & Debating Society actress Sarah-Jayne McGill as Ginny in Relatively Speaking.

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