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International Award for Thespian
August 3, 2001
{Author: eBerg Staff}



  Gander-native Troy Turner has demonstrated his talent for theatre at the 37th annual International May Time Festival in Dundalk, Ireland. The festival drew groups from Europe, Ireland and Canada. Mr.Turner was bestowed Outstanding Monologue in his role as Nish Rogers in the Labrador City-based Carol Player’s performance of Al Pittman’s West Moon.

  Mr. Turner’s character - along with all the cast - are actually dead. Nish is a local 'mute' who grew up in the fictitious fishing village of St. Kevin's, and hung himself in the midst of his community's resettlement. Although he could never speak during the play - set in a graveyard on All Soul's Night - he regains his voice. For the entire first act, Nish remains standing on stage, completely still.

  Mr. Turner first got involved in community theatre with the Avion Players of Gander, where he was lucky enough to travel to two international theatre festivals in St. John's and Benton Harbour, Michigan, with the Michael Cooke play, On the Rim of the Curve.



  While he was pleased with the award he received in Ireland, he was most interest in savouring “life across the pond.”

  "The Irish have a common philosophical view on life that is instilled in most everyone I met there. They are a rich people, with a strong will - much like Newfoundlanders and Labradorians," he said. "It was great to be recognized at an international festival, especially given the wealth of talent that hit the stage that week,"

  He currently resides in Corner Brook.