The Finals 2016

26 Nov

Dates and performance times for the Finalists listed below were announced at the November Draw.


  • Breiffni Players, Carrick On Shannon: Lucy In The Sky by Tony Layton
  • Cornmill Theatre, Carrigallen: Tom Clarke’s One True Love by Killian McGuinness
  • Lucan Drama, Dublin: Subtraction by Kevin McFillen
  • Moat Club, Naas: Plaza Suite ‘A Visitor from Hollywood’ by Neil Simon
  • Prosperous Drama Society, Kildare: Bull by Mike Bartlett
  • Rasper Players, Gorey: Me And My Friend by Gillian Plowman
  • Bailiboro Drama Group, Cavan: The Sacred Hearts Right Hand Man by Liz O’Hanlon
  • Blue Hat Productions, Cork: Two by Jim Cartwright
  • Coolgreany Drama Group, Wexford: The Quiet Land by Malachy McKenna
  • Glenamaddy Players, Galway: The Problem by A.R. Gurney
  • Model Box Productions, Wicklow: After Midnight, Before Dawn by David Campton


A selection of photographs taken at the Finals Weekend in the dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum, Dublin (Friday 2 to Sunday 4 December 2016) is available in a Photo Gallery and Video Slideshow below.


Awards presented in the dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum

The Adjudicator, Tom Byrne, presented the awards at the Finals Festival in the dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum, Dublin on Sunday 4 December 2016.


Full details of all results from the One Act Open Competition and the One Act Confined Competition are available on the ADCI website. A summary of the awards presented is shown in the tables below.

Perpetual Trophies

Award Result Name Role Group
Best Performance - Open WINNER Sarah Gallagher Muriel Tate Moat Club
  Nomination Colin Malone Thomas Prosperous Dramatic Society
  Nomination Reidin Dunne Julia Rasper Players Gorey
  Nomination George Hogan Waiter Lucan Drama
Best Performance - Confined – Fr. Patsy Young Award WINNER Sean Kelleher Landlord Blue Hat Productions
  Nomination Clare Kelleher Landlady Blue Hat Productions
  Nomination Ned Dempsey Eamon Coolgreany Amateur Dramatic Society
  Nomination Liz O’Hanlon
Ruby Bailieboro Drama Group
Best New Writing or Innovation WINNER Liz O’Hanlon Writer Bailieboro Drama Group

Adjudicator & DLI Awards

Category Result Name Role Group
Adjudicator's Award WINNER James Murphy Tony Prosperous Dramatic Society
DLI Scholarship WINNER Sally Stevens Director Coolgreany Amateur Dramatic Society

Final Results — Open & Confined Categories — 4 Dec 2016

Category Result Group Location Play
Open 1st Place Moat Club Naas A Visitor From Hollywood
  2nd Place Rasper Players Gorey Me & My Friend
  3rd Place Prosperous Dramatic Society Prosperous Bull
Confined 1st Place Blue Hat Productions Blarney Two
  2nd Place Coolgreany Amateur Dramatic Society Gorey The Quiet Land
  3rd Place Bailieboro Drama Group Bailieboro The Sacred Heart’s Right Hand Man


The Draw

The groups selected to perform in the Finals Festival are shown in the tables below. The Final Draw of qualifying groups was in the dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum, Dublin, on Saturday 26 November 2016. Following a Reception and the Draw, the participating groups were invited to a tour of the theatre and its facilities.




Group Finalists and Results - dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum

Friday 2 December 2016

Seq / Time Category Group Play Author Result
#1 - 20:00 Confined Glenamaddy Players The Problem A R Gurney  
#2 Open Prosperous Drama Society Bull Mike Bartlett 3rd
#3 Confined Blue Hat Productions Two Jim Cartwright 1st

Saturday 3 December 2016

Seq / Time Category Group Play Author Result
#1 - 13:30 Open Rasper Players Me and My Friend Gillian Plowman 2nd
#2 Confined Model Box Productions After Midnight, Before Dawn David Campton  
#3 Open Moat Club Plaza Suite: Act 2 Neil Simon 1st
#1 - 19:30 Confined Coolgreany Drama Group The Quiet Land Malachy McKenna 2nd
#2 Open Corn Mill Theatre Group Tom Clarke's One True Love Killian McGuinness  
#3 Confined Bailieboro Drama Group The Sacred Heart's Right Hand Man Liz O'Hanlon 3rd

Sunday 4 December 2016

Seq / Time Category Group Play Author Result
#1 - 19:30 Open Breffni Players Lucy in the Sky Tony Leyton  
#2 Open Lucan Drama Subtraction Kevin McFillen  

Festival Club

Saturday Night Dance in the Sandyford Suite at the Clayton Hotel from 11pm until 2am with music by The Celebrants, a high energy five-piece band with a repertoire covering songs from the 50's to the most up to date.

The Celebrants band

Sunday Night, after the results were announced, the celebrations began in the dlr Mill Theatre and continued in the Clayton Hotel.


Selection of Photographs

The photographs shown here are available for viewing and download in the Balally Players Photo Gallery.

This video slideshow of the photographs is also available on YouTube.