Open Section:

Best Play: 1st "The Seafarer" - Kilmeen Drama Group; 
2nd "God of Carnage" - Moat Club Naas; 
3rd "The Cripple of Inishmaan" - Ballyduff Drama Group.

Confined Section:
1st "Closer" - Curtain Call Productions;
2nd "The Telephone Exchange" - Take Five Drama Group;
3rd "The Banshee of Crokey Hill" - Kilworth Drama Group.
Acting Awards:
Best Supporting Actress: Mary Flavin Colbert - "Mammy" in The Cripple of Inishmaan;
Best Supporting Actor: Darren Cannon - "Mr Lockhart" in The Seafarer;
Best Actress: Sarah Gallagher - "Annette Reille" in God of Carnage;
Best Actor: Sean Ahern - "Frank Butler" in Living Quarters, Brideview Drama Group.
Best Supporting Actress: Grainne Barry - "Dympna" in The Telephone Exchange;
Best Supporting Actor: Aaron Patrick Cowming - "Larry" in Closer;
Best Actress: Emma Walsh - "Anna" in Closer;
Best Actor: Kris Cowming - "Dan" in Closer.
The Award for Best Director went to Donie Walsh of Kilmeen Drama Group for "The Seafarer" in the Open and Fidelma Meaney of Curtain Call Productions for "Closer" in the Confined.
Special Adjudicator's Awards went to: Kilworth Drama Group for their use of live music in the play; Anne-Marie Whelan of Enniscorthy Drama Group for the 'Make-Up'; and Karen Dunbar for the best 'young' actor - playing "Ruth" in Tribes from Gorey Little Theatre.
Other Awards:
Best Set: Compantas Lir for "The Birds".
Best Presentation: Curtain Call Productions for "Closer".
Best Lighting: Ballyduff Drama Group for "The Cripple of Inishmaan".
The "Golden Moment of Theatre" went to "Mr Lockhart" in The Seafarer.
The Award for "Most Entertaining Play" - voted by the audience - went to Ballyduff for "The Cripple of Inishmaan".
The Seamus Ahern Memorial Award this year went to John Conway for his contribution to drama in the Ballyduff Community. He has served in several positions on the Committee, run the bar in the Festival Club and always been available to help with putting up posters and working with set and props over several decades.


40th West Waterford Drama Festival
Friday 4th March to 12th March 2022. Check out the festival line up and a synopsis of the plays being performed.

Bookings: On 058 60456 from Monday 21st February 2022 - 2pm - 8pm

Festival Ticket prices:
Nightly tickets are €15 and concessions €10
Season Tickets are €90 and includes Festival Programme


If using Sat Nav, be careful when inputting. There are at least three Ballyduffs in County Waterford. In particular, there is a village called Ballyduff about five miles from Waterford City. This is not us! Coordinates 52° 08' 51" N, 8° 03' 06" W will get you pretty near the correct Ballyduff! more


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

Supported by Waterford City &
County Council's Arts Festivals Grants