The Corn Mill Theatre Group were disappointed to return back to Carrigallen last weekend from the RTE All Ireland Drama Festival with no award.
This was the first time that the group competed at the All Ireland finals and received no recognition. For the second year in a row West Cork’s Kilmeen Drama Group walked away the winners. Silken Thomas Players from Kildare got second place, while debutantes Corofin Dramatic Society landed third place.
Ronan Ward, PRO of the Corn Mill group said they are all “disappointed” with the results. Last week adjudicator Brian Majoribank spoke “highly” of the group and their performance of ‘The Seafarer’ but he only nominated them for a lighting award. Ronan said the results “surprised a lot of people.” Ronan said The Corn Mill Theatre got a great response down in Athlone, from spectators, and from experienced annual ticket holders and other drama groups. So when the results were revealed many were left “scratching their heads.”
Ronan gave credence to Kilmeen for winning two in a row and to runners up Silken Thomas Players but questioned Corofin Dramatic Society’s third place as they only “scraped” into the finals. The Corn Mill Theatre were a huge success on the local circuit, which gave them confidence for the finals. “Every year is different, you can’t learn for next year because the adjudicator will be different,” he stated. “We have always come away with something from Athlone,” Ronan concluded. The group will be taking a well deserved break from drama, for a while and hope to come back fighting for the title next year. The Corn Mill Theatre Drama Group will be part of an RTE Arts documentary due to be aired this Autumn.
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