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‘Jerusalem’ impresses as Strabane Drama Festival concludes
A wonderful nine nights of stage-drama in the Alley Theatre concluded on Saturday , as the 26th Strabane Drama Festival wrapped up for another year. It proved to be a very successful night for Kildare Drama Group, the Silken Thomas Players, as their spellbinding presentation of the Jez Butterworth play ‘Jerusalem’ claimed no fewer than five awards.
There were also some local names among the awards, with Leo McBride claiming ‘Best Performance by a Supporting Actor’ for his role as ‘Mayor WH Lewis’ in the Lifford Players’ presentation of William Nicholson’s ‘Shadowlands’. Meanwhile, Letterkenny Music and Drama Group claimed the coveted ‘Audience Award’ for their hilariously dynamic presentation of John Buchan’s ’39 Steps’. They also went on to receive the award for ‘Best Confined Play’ and Elaine Gillespie picked up the ‘Best Actress (Confined)’ award for her multiple roles of ‘Annabella’, ‘Pamela’ and ‘Margaret’.