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Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards Shortlist Announced. Awards ceremony to take place on 5 May 2016.


Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards Shortlist Announced

The wait is over! The shortlist for the third annual Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards has been revealed and includes 64 schools from 20 counties across Ireland.The full list is available to view on

The winners will be announced at an exciting awards ceremony at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on Thursday, 5 May 2016, which shortlisted schools and students will attend. RTÉ Two Tube presenters Stephen Byrne and Bláthnaid Treacy will host the event, with a special guest performance yet to be revealed.

The highly successful awards were set up by Bord Gáis Energy to recognise and reward participation in drama in schools. This year, 2,888 entries were received from 346 primary and secondary schools across Ireland.

The awards categories range from 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 male and female performances in a leading role.

This year’s judging panel comprised actress Amy Huberman; playwright Marina Carr; Strictly Come Dancing star Tristan MacManus; author Sarah Webb; set and costume designer Maree Kearns; Bord Gáis Energy Theatre manager Stephen Faloon and Bord Gáis Energy communications manager, Irene Gowing.

Commenting on the shortlist Irene Gowing, communications manager for Bord Gáis Energy said: “The standard of this year’s entries was exceptional, showing the wealth of talent in schools across the country, and I’ve no doubt there are many stars in the making. For the judges, this meant a really tough job narrowing down our shortlist. I would like to thank all teachers and students who entered, as well as the parents who support them. Congratulations to all those shortlisted and we look forward to the welcoming you all at the awards ceremony on the 5 May."

The Bord Gáis Energy Donate a Library programme was set up in 2011 and this year will see the twentieth library donated by the company to an Irish charity or voluntary group. Recipients are from all over the country and include aged care facilities, schools, parish centres and community support groups. For more information visit the Bord Gáis Energy book club website