Newry Journal is delighted to commend Newpoint Players on their great victory last night in the Amateur Dr
Besides this and of course, the Premier Award, The Canavan Cup, for Best Play, Newpoint scooped awards for Best Costumes and Best Music and Sound. The latter went – most deservedly – to Mary McManus for that magnificent sound that filled the Cathedral on Tuesday evening. The Cup she carried around so proudly in the Sean Hollywood Arts Centre afterwards is the Gerard Murphy Cup. Gerard, you will know, is Newry’s star of stage and screen (Waterworld, among many) and a cousin and contemporary of the Great Hollywood. Indeed he was our adjudicator here a few years ago and returns often to his home town. Indeed I spoke to him on
I spoke with some of our honoured guests from the Amateur Dr
You will want to learn the other results too! Ballymena’s Humble Boy was Runners Up, and their leading man Stuart Wray was Best Actor. Theirs was also the Best Technical Production. I spoke at length with the lovely Gail Morrow – who played the part of his mother. The team was especially delighted for Stuart who, true to the old maxim, ‘the show must go on’, filled every engagement despite the recent death of his father. This fact was not known by the adjudicator – or anyone else outside of the company, so there was no sympathy vote: he won on merit.