Festival was ‘theatrical odyssey’

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The 75th Ballymoney Drama Festival took its audiences on a ‘theatrical odyssey’ according to adjudicator Paul Fowler.

He was speaking at the closing night of the festival, after nine nights of theatre which transported audiences from dining rooms to bedrooms, from a cemetery to an inventor’s lab.

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“And all for £8 a night, which even in Ballymoney - the bargaining capital of Ireland - is good value for money,” said Mr Fowler.

There was success in the final night awards for the local talent from Ballymoney Literary and Debating Society.

Their production ‘The Cemetery Club’ received a certificate of merit for their excellent use of music.

Gail Morrow won the Dalriada Cup for Best Actress and the play won the Edmund Gordon Trophy for the best moment of theatre.

They were also placed third in the overall awards for best play.

The results of the 75th annual Ballymoney Drama Festival are as follows:

Committee Cup for Overall Winner: Rosemary Drama Group – The Man Who Came to Dinner

Lord Antrim Cup for Best Comedy/Farce: Rosemary Drama Group – The Man Who Came to Dinner

Route Cup for Best Actor: Mark Irvine for his performance as Sheridan Whiteside in Rosemary Drama Group’s production The Man Who Came to Dinner

Dalriada Cup for Best Actress: Gail Morrow for her performance as Lucille in Ballymoney Literary & Debating Society’s production The Cemetery Club

Tom Dale Trophy for Best Supporting Actor: Stuart Wray for his performance as Sam in Ballymoney Literary & Debating Society’s production The Cemetery Club

Tom Dale Trophy for Best Supporting Actress: Heidi Stewart for her performance as Kate in Holywood Players’ production Bedroom Farce

Vin Smyth Memorial Trophy for Best Producer: Seamus Steele for Rosemary Drama Group’s The Man Who Came to Dinner

Wreath Cup for Most Ambitious Choice of Play: Rosemary Drama Group – The Man Who Came to Dinner

O’Cahan Cup for Décor: Bart Players – The Dining Room

Edmund Gordon Memorial Trophy for Best Moment of Theatre: Ballymoney Literary & Debating Society – The Cemetery Club

Certificates of Merit: Ballymoney Literary & Debating Society for music in The Cemetery Club; Bart Players for ensemble playing in The Dining Room; Newpoint Players for music and singing in Frankenstein.