2015 results

Here is the complete list of award winners from the Claremorris Fringe Festival of Drama 2015.

Best Script: Bob Canning, California, USA, for ‘Nuestra Dama de las Viñas’
Runner-up Best Script: Sarah Pitard, London, for ‘2:18 Finchley’

Best Actor Male: Martin Wade, The Grey Lake Actors, who played #2 in ‘Crumbs’
Best Actor Female: Vivienne Lee, Half a Breakfast Theatre Group, who played Mam, Wife and Girlfriend in ‘Four Decembers Ago’
Best Director: Ken Armstrong, The Doubles Partnership, for ‘The Visibility’

Adjudicators’ Special Awards:
• Director Ken Armstrong of The Doubles Partnership for multiple roles played by actors in ‘The Visibility’.
• Director Frankie Moran of Long Haired Freaky People Productions for artistic use of sound effects in ‘2:18 Finchley’.
• Director John Paul Murphy for imaginative portrayal of animals and for costumes in ‘The Ape Cage’.
• Director Robbie Gallagher of Grey Lake Actors, for artistic effect of bed prop in ‘Crumbs’.
• Director Moira Mahony of Blendiva Productions, for use of simple door frame representation in both ‘Sleeping Dogs’ and ‘Mr Average’.
• Gearóid Ó hOireachtaigh, Half a Breakfast Theatre Group, for spectacular skateboard stunts in ‘Feline High-Rise Syndrome’.
• Liz Browne and Seamus McNally, St Patrick’s Drama Group for command and fluency of Irish language in ‘Failures’.
• Director Michael Goulding of Half a Breakfast Theatre Group for costume in ‘Four Decembers Ago’.
• Karl Healy of Blendiva Productions for the lighting and sound effects of the death scene in ‘Mr Average.’
• Director Christine McKeogh, Pansart Drama, for paparazzi entrance in ‘Nuestra Dama de las Viñas’.
• Director Michael Goulding of Half a Breakfast Theatre Group for dramatic entrance and use of space in ‘The Last Waltz.’
• Director John Nolan of The Red Card Players for imaginative and artistic use of mannequins in ‘Hospitality’.

Thanks to all who made the festival a success.

Festival programme

Official programme of the Claremorris Fringe Festival 2015, Friday 27th February to Sunday 8th March.

DATE TITLE GROUP AND DIRECTOR
Fri 27th Crumbs
by William Patterson
The Grey Lake Actors – Robbie Gallagher
Failures
by Seamus McNally
St. Patrick’s Drama Group, Westport – Mary Carr
Sat 28th 2:18 Finchley
by Sarah Pitard
Long Haired Freaky People Productions – Frankie Moran
The Last Waltz
by Michael Goulding
Half A Breakfast Theatre Group – Michael Goulding
Sun 1st The Visibility
by Ken Armstrong
The Doubles Partnership – Ken Armstrong
Hospitality
by Joe Cottrell-Boyce
Red Card Players – John Nolan
Mon 2nd Music at The Fringe: Sarah Buckley and Shane Horgan
Tue 3rd Music at The Fringe: Linda Conway
Wed 4th Music at The Fringe: Seamus Ruttledge
Fri 6th The Ape Cage
by Paul Thompson
Parched Brigade Drama Group – John Paul Murphy
Feline-High-Rise-Syndrome
by Rex McGregor
Half A Breakfast Theatre Group – Richie Heneghan
Sat 7th Mr. Average
by Stephen Lancefield
Blendiva Productions – Moira Mahony
Sleeping Dogs
by Mena Mahon
Blendiva Productions – Moira Mahony
Sun 8th Four Decembers Ago
by Phil Pearson
Half A Breakfast Theatre Group – Michael Goulding
Neustra Dama de las Vinas
by Bob Canning
Pansart Drama – Christina McKeown

You can find out more each play and its author at the site’s Programme page.

Two workshops announced

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.