Wexford schools win big at theatre awards
Two Wexford schools, Gorey Community School and Gaelscoil Mhuire, from Coolcotts, have been announced as the winners of the Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards.
The winners were announced at a special awards show hosted by actor Simon Delaney at the theatre last week, the event attended by more than 2,000 students representing 57 schools around Ireland attended the ceremony.
Gorey Community School was awarded the top accolade in the Best Choreography category for their performance of 'Born to Hand Jive' from the musical Grease. The judges awarded them first place as they said that it was brilliantly executed from a cast who were dedicated, well-rehearsed and knew what they were doing.
Gaelscoil Mhuire won the Best Set award for their play entitled 'Honk'. The judges gave the school the top prize in this category as they were blown away by this set. They felt it created a sense of place and context with an incredible amount of imagination that really jumped off the stage.
Both schools will receive a bursary from Bord Gáis Energy. The 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.