The deadline for the Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards Written Categories is right around the corner so our newly announced judges, Sinead Moriarty & Dave Rudden lend a hand on inspiration!
Bestselling novelist Sinéad Moriarty and fantasy author and storyteller Dave Rudden were today revealed as judges for the 2017 Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards. Sinéad and Dave will join actress and writer Amy Huberman and former Fair City star Aoibhín Garrihy on the expert judging panel for this year’s Awards.
Sinéad who is one of Ireland’s best-loved writers for her heartrending stories including The Way We Were and The Secrets Sisters Keep will bring her expertise to judge the Best Short Scene Script and Best Dramatic Review categories. Dave, known for his fantasy adventures for youngsters including his debut novel ‘Knights of the Borrowed Dark’, will join Sinead on the panel to judge the written categories.
The Best Short Scene Script and Best Dramatic Review categories give students the chance to showcase their creative writing talent and have their work read by an expert panel. In the Short Scene Script category, the judges are looking for originality, a strong theme and fascinating characters. Last year’s winners in this category were Caolan Glackin from Glenswilly National School in Letterkenny Donegal and Tara Coleman from Malahide Community School, Dublin.
The Best Dramatic Review category allows future theatre critics to hone their writing skills by reviewing any play, panto or performance they have seen in the last year, whether that’s a national production or a local school play. The review should give the reader a short summary of the show, as well as cast an expert view and critical eye on the overall production. Last year’s winners in this category were Elizabeth Kirwan from Scoil na bhFiodh in Kilmacthomas, Waterford and Sadbh O’Riordan from St. Nessan’s Community College in Limerick.
This is the fourth year of the highly successful Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards which are open to primary and secondary school students around Ireland. The Awards have attracted entries from over 1,000 schools across the country since 2013 and the highlight of the year sees shortlisted schools travel from across the country to attend the annual Awards ceremony at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in May.
The Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards are open to primary school pupils from 3rd – 6th class and all secondary school students. There are 12 categories ranging from performance and production awards such as Best Overall School Musical, Best Overall School Play, Best Set, Best Costumes and Best Performance in a Leading Role (male and female) to written categories such as Best Short Scene Script and Best Dramatic Review. A new category, Best Original Production, has also been added to the 2017 Awards in recognition of the outstanding quality of original productions entered in 2016.
The deadline for entries in all production categories is 27 January 2017. The closing date for entries in the written categories is 10 February 2017. Shortlisted schools will be invited to a special awards ceremony at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on 17 May 2017. Some schools will even get the chance to perform on Ireland’s largest theatre stage, making it a memorable experience they won’t forget! Winning schools will share a prize fund, and receive a commemorative trophy, picture and plaque for their school.
To enter the Awards, log on to bgesta.ie where you can download an entry form to go with your written or video submission. Completed entry forms should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards, Real Nation, Fumbally Court, Fumbally Lane, Dublin 8. Further information and information packs can also be requested via bgesta.ie.