Corn Mill “confident” ahead of All Ireland Drama results

Carrigallen’s Corn Mill Theatre Drama group are “confident” ahead of Saturday night’s results of the All Ireland Drama Festival 2012.

Carrigallen’s Corn Mill Theatre Drama group are “confident” ahead of Saturday night’s results of the All Ireland Drama Festival 2012.

The group performed in Deans Crow Theatre, Athlone last Saturday night, May 5. Their show The Seafarer by Conor McPherson went down well with the crowd and the adjudicator.

Actor and PRO of the Corn Mill Theatre Ronan Ward told the Leitrim Observer that the group were happy with their how they performed. He said they gave a “strong acting” performance and would guess they are currently in the “top three” for the overall title.

Ronan said they are also hoping that Raymond Hackett (who played James ‘Sharkey’ Harkin) will receive an acting award and they are also hopeful of achieving a lighting award.

Ronan said the adjudicator Brian Marjoribank did praise the group but was “not giving too much away.”

He said Mr Majoribank is “very technical” and the only criticism he had of the group was the positioning of the couch in the middle of the set which he believed “limited acting space.”

Ronan Ward who played Ivan Curry in the play said there is a “very high standard” of acting down in Athlone. Ronan said they played on the third night of the festival and picked up on a few things the adjudicator had noted in the two nights previous about voice projection.

He said the adjudicator also said they were “five strong actors” and he couldn’t pick a lead out of them.

“We have been left on tender hooks” Ronan said as the group await the results this Saturday night, May 12.

The Seafarer, directed by Sean McIntyre won a number of awards around the local drama circuit and have played to packed out crowds around in the county this year.

The theatre group will form part of an RTE TV series on the amateur Irish drama scene, due to be televised this Autumn.