Gala Night & Awards

Gala Night 2014 and Awards

The Gala Awards Night is one of the highlights of the Festival where we close the curtains on two packed weeks of theatre with a range of Festival highlights, musical acts and our prestigious ‘Oscar’ Festival Awards. A celebration of theatre, the creativity and talents of our participants and the hard work of our volunteers it is not to be missed.

So who will win our 2015 Festival Awards? Why not join us and find out? Our 2014 Gala Night took place precisely 50 years after the first openly gay play was produced, in New York City on May 18th 1964.

The nominees and winners of our Festival Awards were announced at the closing Gala Night and Awards in the Sugar Club on Sunday May 18th in front of our audience, guests and companies.

Again this year it was challenging to choose just one winner in each category and we congratulate all of our winners and nominees.

Micheál Mac Liammóir Award for best Male Performer

Nominees:
Nick Atkins – A Boy and a Bean
Matt Tedford – Margaret Thatcher, Queen of Soho
Zion Ashkenazi – Jean Genet
Rob Ward – Away from Home
David Leeper – At the Flash

WINNER: Matt Tedford

Oscar Wilde award for Best new Writing:

Nominees:
Nick Atkins – A Boy and a Bean (Australia)
David Leeper and Sean Chandler – At the Flash (USA)
Hilary McColum – Lesbian Style (Northern Ireland)
Rob Ward and Martin Jameson,- Away from Home (UK)
Zion Ashkenazi – Jean Genet Son of a Bitch (Israel)
Nicholas Spagnoletti – Civil Parting (South Africa)

WINNER: Jean Genet, Son of a Bitch

Doric Wilson Award for Inter-Cultural Dialogue:

Nominees
My Dorian (USA) for university collaboration
Aunty Ben (Ireland) for bridging the generation gap
Acting Out with Tits Up (Ireland) for Community Drama
Away From Home (UK) for tackling homophobia in sport
For The Trumpets Shall Sound for presenting the experiences of war and the trenches

WINNER: Aunty Ben!

Eva Gore Booth Award for Best Female Performance:

Nominees
Kayleigh Hawkins as Nora in For the Trumpets Shall Sound (UK)
Therese Prendiville as Grace in Grace and Maggie (Ireland)
Amy Flood as Tracey in Aunty Ben (Ireland)
Sarah MacDonnell from Two from Provincetown (USA)
The Ensemble from Lesbian Style (Northern Ireland)

WINNER: Lesbian Style: Michelle Wiggins, Abby Oliviera, Claire Dooher, Mel Bradley!

Patrick Murray Award for Outstanding contribution to Irish Gay Theatre

WINNER: Annick Thijs, Director of Volunteers IDGTF for outstanding dedication to the Festival