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Winners of the Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards revealed.

08.05.16

The winners of the 2016 Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards were announced today at a special awards ceremony at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.

Hosted by RTE Two Tube presenters Bláthnaid Treacy and Stephen Byrne, over 1,500 primary and secondary school students representing 64 schools across Ireland attended the event. On the day a number of shortlisted schools performed live on stage and students were also treated to a surprise performance by boyband Hometown.

Now in its third year, the awards were set up by Bord Gáis Energy to recognise and reward participation in schools drama. This year, 2,888 entries were received from 349 primary and secondary schools.

Special guests at the Awards ceremony included Sabina Higgins and the members of the Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards judging panel; actress Amy Huberman; playwright Marina Carr; 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 awards, Dave Kirwan Managing Director, Bord Gáis Energy said: "We set up these awards three years ago to recognise and reward the massive effort that is going into schools' drama all over the country. The response to the competition has been phenomenal and today was a real celebration of that work. These awards recognise all aspects of drama so it's not just about being a great singer or dancer, there are categories for writing, direction, costumes and set design also.”

"The talent in the competition this year has been exceptional and the energy, enthusiasm, creativity and team work displayed by the students, teachers and parents is to be commended. I would like to take this opportunity to say well done to all our winners today and everyone who entered.”

The 2016 winners are:

Primary school winners:

Category School Winning student name Winning production
Best Overall School Musical Scoil Réalt na Mara, Kilmore, Co. Wexford The Lion King Junior
Best Overall School Play Scoil Éanna Bullaun, Loughrea, Co. Galway The Book of Dreams
Best Male Performance in a Leading Role Holy Family National School, Rathmore, Co. Kerry Sean Burke O’Donoghue for his performance as Patrick O’Connor Fight for Freedom
Best Female Performance in a Leading Role Scoil Réalt na Mara, Kilmore, Co. Wexford Caoimhe Troy for her performance as Rafiki The Lion King Junior
Best Performance in a Supporting Role St. Michael's Special School, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon A Shepherd's Song
Best Costumes Blackstaff NS Scoil Cholmcille, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan Jack & The Beanstalk
Best Musical Number St. Laserian’s School, Dublin Rd., Carlow Welcome to Oz
Best Short Scene Script Glenswilly National School, Letterkenny Co. Donegal Caolan Glackin Granny on the Run’ original composition by Caolan Glackin
Best Dramatic Critique Scoil na bhFíodh, Kilmacthomas, Co. Waterford Elizabeth Kirwan A review of Mary Poppins
Best Direction Scoil Naomh Colmcille, Tullamore Co. Offaly Fishing for the Stars
Best Choreography Gaelscoil Eoghain Uí Thuairisc, Garrán na Fuinseoige, Ceatharlach Matilda in 20 minutes
Judges Choice Award St. Joseph's Boys' National School, Terenure Rd. East, Dublin 6 Hide & Seek

Secondary School Winners

Category School Winning student name Winning production
Best Overall School Musical Presentation Secondary School, Thurles. Co. Tipperary The Lion King Junior
Best Overall School Play Mercy Secondary School Mounthawk, Tralee, Co. Kerry The Plough & The Stars
Best Male Performance in a Leading Role Maynooth Post Primary School, Maynooth, Co. Kildare Caolann Haughton for his performance as Jesus Jesus Christ Superstar
Best Female Performance in a Leading Role Skerries Community College, Skerries, Co. Dublin Lainey O'Sullivan for her performance as Gertrude Hamlet
Best Performance in a Supporting Role Sacred Heart Secondary School, Clonakilty, Co. Cork Orla Scally for her performance as Mother Superior The Sound of Music
Best Set Mercy Secondary Mounthawk, Tralee, Co. Kerry Les Misérables
Best Costumes Malahide Community School, Broomfield, Malahide, Co. Dublin The Addams Family
Best Short Scene Script Malahide Community School, Broomfield, Malahide, Co. Dublin Tara Coleman New Light
Best Dramatic Critique St. Nessan's Community College, Moylish Park, Moylish, Limerick City Sadbh O'Riordan The Addams Family
Best Direction Newpark Comprehensive School, Newtown Park Avenue, Blackrock, Co Dublin Twelfth Night
Best Choreography Belvedere College S.J., 6 Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1 West Side Story
Judges Choice Award St. Fintan's High School, Sutton, Dublin 13 Avenue Q

Bord Gáis Energy will be announcing dates for the 2017 Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards in the coming months. Schools who wish to enter next year's awards can register their interest now on bgesta.ie.