The History Boys pass with flying colours

Wesley Carroll, Chris Clarke, and Keith Millar of the Silken Thomas Players who were the winners of the RTE All Ireland Drama Festival 2010  for their play The History Boys celebrate with the Perpetual trophy. Photo: Ann Hennessy

Wesley Carroll, Chris Clarke, and Keith Millar of the Silken Thomas Players who were the winners of the RTE All Ireland Drama Festival 2010 for their play The History Boys celebrate with the Perpetual trophy. Photo: Ann Hennessy

Kildare group, Silken Thomas Players, were crowned All Ireland Champions last Saturday May 8 as the 2010 RTÉ All Ireland Drama Festival drew to a close. Adjudicator Tom Doherty awarded the top prize to the group whose energetic production of Alan Bennett’s school drama The History Boys swept audiences away with their masterful performances and slick scene changes. Producer Sean Judge picked up the award for Best Director, while the group also collected the awards for Best Set, Best Lighting, and Best Stage Management.

The group had previously won the competition in 2007 with The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer and they were runners up last year. Since arriving on the Open circuit in 2005, the group have earned a reputation for taking on challenging works such as Trainspotting and Equus and have never failed to seize the attentions of even the mildly curious.

Organisers can look back at what was a phenomenally successful festival with full houses reported every night, something which has not been witnessed in decades. None of the groups disappointed as a rich and varied display of drama was offered, many plays not previously seen in Athlone.

In addition to the superior standard of acting on stage at the Dean Crowe Theatre, the entertainment offered at the festival club after the play each night was of the highest order with group members and locals taking part. Festival club master of ceremonies Ray Collins said that the Groups Talent Competition was a tremendous success. “The Festival Club talent competition is an informal event which the groups look forward to and willingly participate in as a way to wind down from the high drama on the bigger stage,” said Ray. “With music supplied by Eamon O’Dhalaigh and with Mick Conroy and his team looking after our every need, we were in the best hands possible for great après drama celebrations.”

The full list of results is as follows:

RTÉ All Ireland Drama Festival Perpetual Trophy

Silken Thomas Players

The History Boys by Alan Bennett

Directed by Sean Judge

Best Director

Sean Judge

Silken Thomas Players

The History Boys

Best Actor

Seamus O’Rourke

Corn Mill Theatre Company

(John ) Shining City

Best Actress

Anne Shiels

Lifford Players

(Madge ) Philadelphia Here I Come!

Best Supporting Actor

Jackie Scanlan

Ennis Players

(Shawn Keogh ) The Playboy of the Western World

Best Supporting Actress

Mary O’Sullivan

Shoestring Theatre Company

(Rita Shanahan ) The Salvage Shop

Best Stage Setting

Silken Thomas Players

The History Boys

Best Stage Lighting

Silken Thomas Players

The History Boys

Best Stage Management

Silken Thomas Players

The History Boys

The John Butler Scholarship to DLI Summer School Scholarship

Michelle Lehane

Shoestring Theatre Company

(Katie Tansey ) The Salvage Shop

Drama League of Ireland Summer School Scholarship

Lauren Gallagher

Lifford Players

(Kate Doogan ) Philadelphia Here I Come!

Gormanstown Summer School Scholarship

Brid Verling

Ballyduff Drama Group

(Curley’s Wife ) Of Mice and Men

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