Two Tipperary primary schools scoop top prizes at the Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards
Bord Gáis Energy has announced that Little Flower N.S. from Ballytarsna in Cashel and Lissenhall N.S. from Nenagh are winners at this year’s Student Theatre Awards. The winners were announced at a special awards show hosted by actor Simon Delaney at the theatre on Wednesday, 4th March. Over 2,000 students representing 57 schools around Ireland attended the ceremony.
Little Flower N.S. was awarded the top accolade in the Best Musical Number category for their performance of ‘Jacob & Sons’ from the musical Joseph. The judges awarded them first place as they felt it was an energy filled number which brought the whole school together and was delivered with great passion. The school were also selected as one of the schools to perform at the awards on the day and took to the stage to perform their winning number.
Lisenhall N.S won the Best Direction award for their production entitled ‘Call of Duty’. The judges gave the school the top prize in this category thanks to an ambitious and original project which was brilliantly handled by both the pupils and teachers.
As part of their prize, both schools will receive a bursary from Bord Gáis Energy.
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 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 winners 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.”