Oran shortlisted for theatre awards

Oran shortlisted for theatre awards

A local student from Scoil Mhuire Gan Smá has been shortlisted in this year’s Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards.

Oran McMahon from 3rd class in Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál, Dundalk has been shortlisted in the Best Short Scene Script category for his script entitled ‘Prison Break.

The Louth schools will now travel to a special awards ceremony at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on Thursday, 5 May 2016 where the winners will be announced. RTÉ Two Tube presenters Stephen Byrne and Bláthnaid Treacy will host the event, with a special guest performance yet to be announced.

The highly successful awards were set up by Bord Gáis Energy to recognise and reward participation in drama in schools. This year, 2,888 entries were received from 346 primary and secondary schools across Ireland.

The awards categories range from best overall school musical, best overall school play and best set design to individual categories such as best short scene script, best dramatic critique and best male and female performances in a leading role.

This year’s judging panel comprised actress Amy Huberman; playwright Marina Carr; Strictly Come Dancing star Tristan MacManus; author Sarah Webb; set and costume designer Maree Kearns; Bord Gáis Energy Theatre manager Stephen Faloon and Bord Gáis Energy communications manager, Irene Gowing.

The full 2016 shortlist is available to view at www.BGESTA.ie