Silken Thomas Players dominate awards but miss out on top one

Five out of the 14 awards on offer at the All Ireland Drama Festival at the weekend went to Kildare groups, although the main award went elsewhere.

Five out of the 14 awards on offer at the All Ireland Drama Festival at the weekend went to Kildare groups, although the main award went elsewhere.

Kilmeen Drama Group from West Cork won the overall award for the second year in a row.

But Silken Thomas Players from Kildare town, with their play Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth came second, and with four awards, won twice as many as any other group.

Their actors Liam Quinlivan and Colin Malone won the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor awards respectively.

They also won the Abbey Theatre Award for the second year a row, and Cathy Noone won the Gormanstown Summer School Scholarship.

Meanwhile Prosperous Dramatic Society won the Best Stage Setting (Colm Kelly Memorial Award) for the set in their play Deadline.

Silken Thomas Players has won the All-Ireland twice in the past few years, in 2007 and 2010.

Prosperous Dramatic Society came second last year, with their production of November.