There will be two main awards, that for the Best Play in the Open Section and Best Play in the Confined Section. There will also be an award for Best Performer in the Festival along with two awards to be presented at the adjudicator's discretion. Finally, there is a scholarship sponsored by the DLI.

The adjudicator will comment on each performance at the end of each session with the final adjudication and presentation of awards after the final session on Sunday night.

The Adjudicator

Walker Ewart

WALKER EWART was a teacher of French and Spanish for 23 years and retired recently from working as a schools' inspector. His first taste of the stage was at the age of 14 in the role of Sir Oliver Surface in 'School for Scandal' and from then on he was smitten. At university, and during his year in France, he took the opportunity to act in French and Spanish.
He has been involved with the amateur drama circuit for over thirty years as a director and actor, as well as an administrator. He was chairman of the Association of Ulster Drama Festivals. He appeared in several AUDF finals in the Grand Opera House and the Lyric Theatre, Belfast most notably as Torvald in 'A Doll's House' with Bangor Drama Club (also in Athlone), 'The Gentle Island' with Bangor (this play later went to Florida), 'Observe the Sons of Ulster …' (winners) with Bangor and ' Amadeus' (winners) with Holywood Players (also in Athlone). Walker has worked with several drama groups throughout Ireland and enjoys the exploration of character.
He has adjudicated throughout Ireland and in Scotland, most notably at the All-Ireland Full-length Finals in Athlone in 2008, the All-Ireland One-Act Finals in Ennis in 2003; the All-Ireland Full-length Confined Finals in Tralee in 2005, the N. Ireland One-Act Finals in 2006, the British One-Act Finals in Enniskillen in 2009 and the Scottish Drama finals in Inverness in May 2011. This year he adjudicated the 60th anniversary Newry Drama Festival and the All-Ireland Full-length Confined Finals in Shercock, Co Cavan.
Walker is delighted to be officiating at the one-act finals again. They bring together the best of the Open and Confined sections, and they allow us to see some old favourites, some original writing and some new drama. It is this mixture which makes the one-act finals so enjoyable but a challenge for the adjudicator!

Thank You

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About The Festival

Since 1981, West Waterford Drama Festival is held in Ballyduff during March. Over three decades of dramatic excitement, community endeavour, investment in friendship and sheer good fun. All driven by an ethos of volunteerism, community and good humour. more

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