News

Non Flash Content - Children running through a field of corn

Amy Huberman launches third Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards

23.09.15

Annual awards celebrate drama in schools around Ireland

Actress and writer Amy Huberman was joined by students from 5th & 6th class at Kildare Place National School in Rathmines today to launch the annual Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards.

The popular actress, and mum of two, also revealed that she will be joining the judging panel for this year’s awards. Additional judges will be announced later in the year.

Amy Huberman

This is the third year of the highly successful Awards which were set up by Bord Gáis Energy to recognise and reward participation in drama in schools. Last year saw over 3,300 entries from schools across Ireland culminating in an awards ceremony at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre with 2,000 students representing 57 schools in attendance.

The Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre awards are open to primary school students from 3rd – 6th class and all secondary school students. There are 12 categories ranging from group categories such as best overall school musical, best overall school play and best set design to individual categories such as best short scene script, best dramatic critique and best performances in a leading role (male and female).

The deadline for entries for this year’s competition is 5pm, Friday 29th January. Shortlisted schools will be invited to a special awards ceremony at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on 5th May 2016 and will also be in with a chance to perform on stage. Winning schools will share a prize fund, and receive a commemorative trophy and plaque for their school.

Commenting on the launch, Amy Huberman said; "I am delighted to officially launch this year’s Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards. This is a fantastic competition which recognises all the hard work and effort that students, teachers and parents are putting into schools drama around Ireland. It’s a great platform for anyone wanting to participate in the arts and I would have absolutely loved to have taken part in something like this when I was a student."

"I was involved in the first year of the Awards and it is fantastic to see how much interest in the competition has grown since. I like that it is not just about acting or being able to sing. Behind the scenes roles such as set and costume design are equally recognised. There are also two really great writing categories to enter so I would urge students who perhaps prefer writing or the production roles to get involved!"

"As a judge I’ll be looking for stand-out talent across the categories and I am really looking forward to seeing all the amazing entries we receive."

Irene Gowing, communications manager, Bord Gáis Energy said: "We set up these awards to reward all those taking part in schools drama across Ireland whether that’s performing on stage, writing great scripts or producing shows. The competition has grown significantly in the last two years and we were blown away by the numbers of schools taking part last year and the standard of entries we received. We would like to call on all the proud parents and teachers out there to encourage their children, classes and schools to participate this year and celebrate all the talent that we have in this country."

To enter the awards, log on to bgesta.ie where you can download an entry form to go with your written or video submission. Completed entry forms should be sent to sta@bordgais.ie or by post to Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards, Real Nation, Fumbally Court, Fumbally Lane, Dublin 8.

Twitter: @BordGaisEnergy #BGESTA

For further information:
Angie Grant / Joanne O’Sullivan / Jessie O’Malley Glynn, PSG Communications
01 661 4055 or theatre@pgscomms.ie