Best Actor, Paul McElroy from Ballinode stars as Johnny

Congratulations to Paul McElroy from Ballinode from Monaghan’s Revenant Theatre Group who scooped the “Best Actor” award in the Confined Section of Castleblayney Drama Festival on Saturday 10th March 2018. The play, “The Cowboys” written by Peter Trant from Clones, is a darkly humorous tale of love, betrayal and revenge in Border Countr. The cast includes Paul McElroy from Ballinode as Johnny, Pat Deery as Silk Cut Sonny, Dennis O’Hagan as Big Phil, Seamie Óg McKenna as Bobby, Joanne Brennan as Lily and Brenda Corley as Maria. Joanne Brennan scooped the award for “Best Supporting Actress”, and Pat Deery, Denis O’Hagan and Brenda Corley were all nominated for awards on the night. Adjudicator Padraic McIntyre praised the group and the Castleblayney Festival for bringing new playwrights to audiences, and offered constructive criticism on how the play, lighting, and set design could be even better. Pauric is himself a playwright and actor and founding member and artistic director of Living Dread Theatre Company. The Cowboys won the third place award in the festival, with Coolgreaney from Wexford and Lislea from Armagh.


1st Coolgreaney (“Death and the Maiden” by Ariel Dorfman)
2nd Lislea (“Kings of the Kilburn High Road” by Jimmy Murphy)
3rd Revenant (The Cowboys” by Peter Trant)

Best Director – Coolgreaney (Sally Stephens)

Lighting – Coolgreaney (Cian and Mark Redmond)

Set – Coolgreaney (Michael Murphy)

Support Actor – Liam Hannaway, Lislea

Support Actress – Joanne Brennan, Revenant

Actor – Paul McElroy, Revenant

Actress – Denise Moules, Coolgreaney

The All Ireland Finals (Confined) rotate from Province to Province and in 2018 a venue in County Wicklow will have the privilege of hosting the Finals.  This event will bring some of the best amateur productions from across the country to Carnew, all competing for the much coveted “Clare Galway” All Ireland Trophy.

For anyone who missed out on this superb play, it will be on stage in the coming weeks in Derry’s Waterside Theatre, Shercock Drama Fesital, and Carrickmore Drama Festival, and it’s well worth putting yourself out to go and see it, you will be very well entertained.