KNOCKADERRY has firmly established itself as the unofficial capital of amateur drama in Co Limerick. And by applying a little bit more persuasion, this small but dynamic community, hopes that the Amateur Drama Council of Ireland will give them official approval and allow them to join the official circuit for the All-Ireland Drama Festival.
One of the doyennes of stage if Ireland, Nóra Relihan, has certainly given Knockaderry the thumbs up, having been adjudicator for the six nights of the Second
“ I would recommend that Knockaderry gets official status. It is only right. It was very well run, very well organised. “ she said of the festival which ran over two weekends and ended on Sunday. “The attendances were terrific.”
Drama was part of Féile Luimní, and run by the College Players, Ms Relihan pointed out but since the Féile ended, Co Limerick doesn’t have a competitive festival on the circuit to compete for the finals in Athlone.
Ms Relihan praised the hall in Knockaderry, the lighting system and the fact that there is both a working kitchen and a working bar in-house.
But she was also very pleased with the standard of the plays presented during the West Limerick Drama Festival. “It was very good,” she said.
Best overall production went to Dooega from Loughrea, Co Galway for their Playboy of the Western World but Knockaderry’s own drama group were “very good runners up” with Jim Nolan’s Moonshine.
Knockaderry’s Colman Duffy was pipped at the post on the last night for the best actor award but colleague Niamh Collins took the best actress award to the delight of the local audience.
Rachel Collins, at 16, took the stage management award also for Knockaderry and the make-up award also stayed in Knockaderry and Mary Roche and Máiréad Danagher.
“We are absolutely thrilled with the success of the festival,” festival chairman Johnny Corkery said. “The crowds were absolutely phenomenal.”
Now, with Nóra Relihan’s recommendation under their belt, they hope to move up a notch and become the official drama festival for Co Limerick and the sooner, the better.