Ballyduff DG – RTE All-Ireland Drama Champions

Ecstatic Ballyduff Drama members after winning the RTE All-Ireland final in Athlone on Saturday night. (Eric Molloy)

“It’s good to acknowledge the teams for the set and stage management. They were both very big parts of the play. The set was enormous and there was a lot of work in the stage management so it was great that the whole team was recognised,” director Ger Canning told The Avondhu.  

A total of 36 members of the local drama group took to Athlone for the Gala Awards while around 40 people were involved in the touring and production of ‘The Ferryman’ with 22 in the cast and 18 to 20 people involved in the backstage crew, set, lighting and sound. 

“There was massive support. That was the thing about this play above anything else this is a huge effort from a team. You’ve to put a lot of work into it beforehand, the casting of it and everything else, but once we got going, we had some people that had never stood on stage before and there was a huge amount of time that had to be given to them. This is a huge effort from a team. All the amount of settings that had to go on stage every night, they had to be nearly mapped out and carried out meticulously every night. It was an enormous effort really and it was great to see it recognised,” Ms Canning said.

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