Tralee Teenager Among Winners At National Student Theatre Awards

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Student Cian McGrath from Mercy Mounthawk Secondary School, at the 2017 Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards in Dublin with his award.

A TRALEE school student was among the winners at the the annual Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards 2017 held on Wednesday in the  Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin.

Over 1,700 students from 63 schools across Ireland attended the event where the top prize in the Best Dramatic Review category was bestowed upon Cian Mc Grath from Mercy Mounthawk Secondary School in Tralee for his impressive review of ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf: A Triumph in Theatre’.

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The judges were impressed with Cian for his stunningly written review, describing it as mature and engaging with beautiful use of language. Mercy Mounthawk Secondary School also received a bursary from Bord Gáis Energy.

Mercy Mounthawk had also been shortlisted in the Best Set category for secondary schools for its set creation in the school production of ‘Romeo and Juliet’.

Cian wasn’t the only Kerry winner as the top prize in the Best Set category was bestowed upon Loughfouder National School, located near Knocknagoshel, for their remarkable set design in the production ‘The Yank Returns’.

Best Set Winner, Loughfouder National School.

The judges were dazzled by the set and noted that it brought them back to 1950s Ireland. Loughfouder National School also received a bursary from Bord Gáis Energy.

The winners were revealed at the special awards ceremony hosted by RTÉ 2FM presenter Eoghan McDermott.

On the day, a number of shortlisted schools also had the opportunity to perform live on Ireland’s largest theatre stage and students were also treated to a surprise performance by Irish rock band, The Strypes!

Now in its fourth year, the Student Theatre Awards were set up by Bord Gáis Energy to recognise and reward participation in the dramatic arts in schools around Ireland.  This year, 2,616 entrieswere received from a record 309 primary and secondary schools.

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