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April 26, 2010

Silken Thomas Players - Kings of Ulster

The History Boys Return to Riverbank with a new award!

The History Boys Silken Thomas Players were crowned Kings of Ulster Saturday night by winning the A.U.D.F Ulster Finals in Belfast with their production of “The History Boys” by Alan Bennett.

Beating off stiff competition from Bart Players, Dundalk Theatre Workshop and Lifford Players, Adjudicator Sam McCready described the performance as a wonderfully superb piece of ensemble acting and that it was a master class in direction from Sean Judge for producing such a fantastic production. Sam also had high praise for The History Boys themselves, saying they all were excellent as a group and individually. He commented on the magnificent lighting, plot and exquisite set design and said the cast as a whole were very, very strong, picking out Connie Broderick, Patricia Henry and Colin Malone in particular.

The group scooped Best director (Sean Judge), Best Actor (Connie Broderick) and Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Henry) and also received nominations in lighting and set. This is the groups second time to win the Ulster Finals, the last time was in 2007 with their production of Larry Kramer’s “The Normal Heart”, which also went on to win the RTE All Ireland the same year.

Having performed The History Boys at Riverbank Arts Centre only a few months ago, Silken Thomas return to Newbridge again with their final performance on Sunday May 2nd  before the RTE All Ireland.

Silken Thomas Players The History Boys, Sunday May 2nd Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge. For tickets call 045 448327 or book online