The Irish Student Drama Association holds a festival each year, in which all participating colleges in Ireland send their best and brightest to compete for the hallowed Irish Student Drama Awards. Each year, Dramat sends a minimum of one production chosen by a team of independant judges who attend each of our own shows throughout the year and who are choosen for their knowledge and work in theatre. Our judging system puts in place a fair system so that the shows that are choosen to represent UCC Dramat at the festival are of the highest standard. Allocation of slots by ISDA is partly based on size of the college, and partly lottery based. Therefore on any given year, Dramat could send anywhere from one to four shows to the festival.
National University of Ireland Galway was the host of the ISDA Festival 2011 which ran from 4th of March to the 12th of March 2011.
With four different venues around the city including Druid Lane, Nun's Island Theatre, and the Bank of Ireland Theatre and Kelly's Bar which was the venue for the ISDA Fringe.
UCC Dramat was represented by [Title of Show] directed by Sherelle Kelleher, Such a Local Row written and directed by Jody Quirke, and The Weir directed by Barry Whelan.
Best Set: Natalie Fitzmaurice (The Weir)
Best Supporting Actor: Paul McNamara (The Weir)
Best Supporting Actress: Emer Liston (The Weir) Best Actor: Mark Griffin (Such a Local Row)
Best Actor: Mark O'Sullivan ([Title of Show])
Best Actress: Pearl Kennedy ([Title of Show])
Best Ensemble: [Title of Show]
Best Ensemble: Such a Local Row
Best Director: Sherelle Kelleher ([Title of Show])
Best Production: [Title of Show]]
Best Production: Such a Local Row
The ISDA Festival 2010 was hosted by Trinity College Dublin and ran from the 8th of March to the 14th of March 2010.
UCC Dramat was represented by four shows at the ISDA Festival 2010. The shows that represented the society were Yglu written and Directed by Mark Noonan, Men Without Shadows directed by Janice deBroithe, Dolly West's Kitchen directed by John Gleeson, and On Raftery's Hill directed by Aisling McDonnell.
Dramat were big winners come awards night with the most nominations of any college and coming second in number of awards won to Trinity College Dublin.
In 2009 Dramat made the short journey up to Limerick for the student drama awards which was hosted by University of Limerick. Dramat were once again lucky enough to have been awarded three slots for the festival, and the selected plays were as follows: Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train directed by Killian Collins and Brian Fenton, One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest directed by Liam Heaslip and Lovers: Winners directed by Aoife Cahill.
The plays were very well attended by festival goers and each received excellent feedback from the judges.
Best Costume & Make Up: Katie Queen & Aíne Kiely (Lovers: Winners)
Best Supporting Actor: Eamonn Doyle (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest)