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One Act Festival 2021

Philip McIntyre Corn Mill Theatre Group


It is my great pleasure on behalf of The Corn Mill Theatre & Arts Centre to extend a warm Carrigallen welcome to all our participating groups, our adjudicator Paul Brennan and of course you our valued patrons to our 17th Annual One Act Drama Festival from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th November, commencing at 7:00pm (Friday & Saturday) and 2pm (Saturday & Sunday). 


Philip McIntyre
Festival Director

Line Up

Friday 12th November at 7:00pm

Blue Transit Theatre Company (Open)

Mostrim Players (Confined)
‘SILENT TALK’ by Eddie Brady

Martello Productions (Confined)
‘SOMETHING UNSPOKEN’ by Tennessee Williams

Saturday 13th November at 2:00pm

Kilrush Drama Group (Open)
‘RED CARNATIONS’ by Glenn A Hughes

PIC Players (Confined)
‘A KIND OF ALASKA’ by Harold Pinter

Carlow Little Theatre (Confined)
‘MOTHER’S DAY’ by Sarah Fahy

Saturday 13th November at 7:00pm

Kilmuckridge Drama Group (Confined)
‘A FAMILY AFFAIR’ by Derek O’Gorman

Butt Drama Circle (Open)
‘IN OTHER WORDS’ by Matthew Seager

Corofin Dramatic Society (Open)
‘A THOUSAND DEATHS’ by John Clancy

Sunday 14th November at 2pm

The Moat Club Naas (Open)
‘THE WAY OF ALL FISH’ by Elaine May

Theatre 3 Newtownabbey (Open)
‘THE DOCK BRIEF’ by John Mortimer

Bailieborough Drama Group (Confined)

A3 One Act Poster | Corn Mill Theatre Group


1st: Kilrush Drama Group with ‘Red Carnations’
2nd: The Moat Club with ‘The Way of All Fish’
3rd: Butt Drama Circle with ‘In Other Words’

1st: PIC Players with ‘A Kind of Alaska’
2nd: Carlow Little Theatre with ‘Mother’s Day’
3rd: Bailieborough Drama Group with ‘The Sacred Heart’s Right Hand Man’

Best Actor Open
JC Bonner (Butt Drama Circle)

Best Actress Open
Sarah Gallagher (Moat Club, Nass)

Best Actor Confined
Fergal Donnelly (Bailieborough Drama Group)

Best Actress Confined
Hazel Weir (PIC Players)

Tom Byrne | Corn Mill Theatre Group

Adjudicator | Tom Byrne

Tom is a native of Celbridge, Co Kildare but lives in nearby Leixlip. He has over 40 years involvement with amateur drama and competed in his first festival in 1979. Tom has won numerous awards as a director and successfully qualified productions to the RTE All Ireland Finals in Athlone in 2009 and 2010.

He holds the unique record of qualifying productions to six successive All Ireland One Act Finals – directing winning productions in 2005, 2009 and 2010. In the finals of 2005 he not alone won with his production of “Small Box Psychosis” but also directed “Babels in Arms” which finished in third place.

Over the years Tom has directed over 120 different productions and he is currently joint Artistic Director of Red Embers Theatre Company. He has written several works including a radio play “Howzee” – surrounding his experiences as a football referee – which was broadcast by RTÉ.

Since taking up adjudicating in 2011 he has adjudicated in the following ADCI festivals: Claregalway, Ballyshannon, Rathangan (3 times), Glenamaddy, Mid-Ulster, Kiltyclogher, Roscommon, Shercock, Dundrum (3 times), Skerries (twice), Kiltimagh, Mullagh, Letterkenny, West Cork and Manorhamilton.

In addition he has adjudicated the Macra na Feirme national finals on two occasions. The 2016 All Ireland One Act Finals (Dundrum) and the 2018 All Ireland Confined Finals (South Wicklow – Carnew). Future engagements include: Rathangan and Claregalway; 2021, Mid Ulster and Western; 2022, West Waterford; 2023, Scariff.