Letterkenny, December 1st-3rd, 2017
Letterkenny was fortunate to be asked to stage The All Ireland One Act Finals 2017. It was held in An Grianán Theatre in Letterkenny from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd December. This was a great opportunity for the people of Letterkenny and Donegal to see the top 11 plays presented at all the one act festivals from around the country during November 2017.
There were 3 plays shown on Friday and Saturday nights, 3 on Sunday afternoon and 2 on Sunday night with the presentation of awards straight afterwards. The Festival Club was held in An Grianán Theatre each night after the performances when the groups and audiences could mingle and let their hair down. Music was provided each night.
A large crowd attended the festival and there was other fringe events occurring as well to entertain the visitors while in town - Visits to Glenveagh National Park & Grianán of Aileach, Historic walks of the town, traditional music/jazz sessions locally, golf competition etc.
Open Winner Palace Players with The Quiet Land by Malachy Mc Kenna
Open 2nd place Ballyshannon Drama Society with Five Kinds of Silence by Shelagh Stephenson
Open 3rd place Kilmeen Drama Group with A day in the Life of a Pencil by Ray Scannell
Confined Winner Coolgreany Dram Group with Something Unspoken by Tennessee Williams
Confined 2nd place Take 5 Drama Group with Tom by Noelle Clarke
Confined 3rd place New Ross Drama Group with The Tinker's Wedding by J M Synge
Best Performance Open Brian Mc Carthy as Martin in Kilmeen's A Day in the Life of a Pencil
Nominations Conor O'Connell as Victor Maguire in Victor's Dung by Moat Club | Sean Ahern as Nashee Finn in The Quiet Land by Palace Players | Liam Howard as Eamonn in The Quiet Land by Palace Players | Máirín O'Sullivan as Guardian of the Well in At the Hawk's Well | Audrey Davitt as Susan in Five Kinds of Silence by Ballyshannon | Rachel O'Connor as Mary in Five Kinds of Silence by Ballyshannon
Best Performance Confined Maggie Murphy as Grace Lancaster in Something Unspoken by Tennessee Williams for Coolgreany Drama Group
Nominations Seona O'Connor as Sarah in The Tinker's Wedding by New Ross Drama Workshop | Ellen Quirke as Lizzie In Tom by Take Five | Sally Stevens as Cornelia in Something Unspoken by Coolgreany Dr Gr | Maggie Murphy as Grace in Something Unspoken by Coolgreany Dr Gr
Adjudicator's Harlequin Award Balally Players for the Ensemble Music Work in At The Hawk's Well
Adjudicator's Award Acting - Ellen Quirke as Lizzie In Tom by Take Five Drama Group
Adjudicator's Award Best Presentation: The Moat Club with Victor's Dung
DLI Scholarship Seona O'Connor as Sarah in The Tinker's Wedding by New Ross Drama Workshop
Best New play Shooting Stars by Alice Lynch