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Bord Gáis Energy announces the winners of the Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards

04.03.15

Dublin, Wednesday 4th March 2015

Bord Gáis Energy today announced the winners of the 2015 Student Theatre Awards.The winners were revealed at a special awards ceremony at the theatre, hosted by actor Simon Delaney. Over 2,000 students representing 57 schools around Ireland attended the Awards.

The winners were:


Primary

Category School Winning student name Winning production
Best overall school musical St. Joseph's Girls National School, Clonakilty Co Cork Group award Annie Junior
Best overall school play St. Laurence NS, Athy Co. Kildare Group award I'm Sleeping Booty, get me out of here!
Best performance in a leading role Firoda N.S., Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny Cillian Cooney who played the role of ‘Bully' (6th class student) The Bracelet
Best performance in a supporting role St. Joseph's Girls National School, Clonakilty Co Cork Tola Ní Shúilleabháin as Miss Hannigan (6th class student) Annie Junior
Best set Scoil Mhuire, Coolcotts, Co. Wexford Group award Honk
Best costume S.N. Éadain Fhionn Fhraoich, Glenties, Co. Donegal Group award The Waiting Room
Best musical number Little Flower NS, Ballytrasna, Cashel, Co. Tipperary Group award "Jacob and Sons" from Joseph
Best short scene script Burriscarra N.S. Claremorris, Co. Mayo Orlaith Hughes (5th class student) The Maiden of the Mist- original composition by Orlaith
Best drama critique S.N. Fhionnain, Falcarragh, Co. Donegal Remy Moran (5th class student) Review of Jack and The Beanstalk
Best direction Lissenhall NS Nenagh Co. Tipperary Group award Call of Duty
Best choreography St Brigid's Girls' School Killester, Dublin 5 Group award Cats

Secondary

Category School Winning student name Winning production
Best overall school musical De La Salle College, Newtown, Waterford City Group award Guys and Dolls
Best overall school play St. Oliver's Community College, Drogheda, Co. Louth Group award Romeo & Juliet
Best performance in a leading role St. Oliver's Community College, Drogheda, Co. Louth Joseph Catlett as Romeo (3rd year student) Romeo & Juliet
Best performance in a supporting role Ballinrobe Community School Co. Mayo David Ryan, Sean Birch, Darragh McGovern, Tom Quinn, Liam McHale, Oliver Lydon, Lewis Thanker] as 'the Brothers' (TY students) Seven Brothers
Best set Presentation College Headford, Co. Galway Group award Fiddler on the Roof
Best costume St Aloysius College Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork Group award Seusical the Musical
Best musical number St. Declan's Community College Kilmacthomas, Co. Waterford Group award Say Something by Christina Aguilera
Best short scene script Borris Vocational School Co. Carlow Anna Hogan (5th year student) Fighting with Myself (original composition)
Best drama critique S.N. Fhionnain, Falcarragh, Co. Donegal Remy Moran (5th class student) Review of Jack and The Beanstalk
Best direction Skerries Community School Group award Oliver!
Best choreography Gorey Community School Co. Wexford Group award Born to Hand Jive from Grease

Bord Gáis Energy set up the Student Theatre Awards two years ago to recognise and reward participation in drama in schools across Ireland. The competition was open to primary school students from 3rd – 6th class and all students in secondary school and featured 11 categories including best direction, best set and best overall play.

This year's judging panel included: Harry Potter star Evanna Lynch; actor Simon Delaney; Emmy® award winning animator Mårten Jönmark from Brown Bag Films; leading Irish fashion designer Emma Manley; managing director of COCO Television Stuart Switzer; manager of the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre Stephen Faloon; and Bord Gáis Energy Theatre sponsorship manager, Tanya Townsend.

Commenting on the Awards, Dave Kirwan, chief operating officer, Bord Gáis Energy said: “We set up these awards to recognise and reward all the great work that is going into schools drama around Ireland from outstanding musical talent to brilliant costume and set design.

We received 3,303 entries to the competition this year and were absolutely blown away not only by the sheer number of entries, but the quality of what came in. Everyone who made the shortlist should be so proud. The judges had a really tough time picking the winners. I would like to extend a huge congratulations to all our and to the parents and teachers involved for the wonderful job they are doing to support the next generation of Saoirse Ronans and John B. Keanes. The future of the arts is in good hands based on all the talent we have seen this year.

I am pleased to announce that we'll be launching next year's competition later in the year and the final will take place in May 2016. For anyone interested in finding out more about next year's awards, they can register their interest now on www.bgesta.ie."

For further information contact:
Angie Grant / Joanne O’Sullivan / Jessie O’Malley
086 377 2791 / 086 156 6985
theatre@psgcomms.ie