A call goes out to all budding playwrights in Tipperary

Bord Gáis Energy is calling on budding student playwrights in Tipperary to take part in the first-ever Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards.

Bord Gáis Energy is calling on budding student playwrights in Tipperary to take part in the first-ever Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards.

Actress, writer and mum Amy Huberman officially launched the awards which have been set up by Bord Gáis Energy to encourage and reward participation in drama among school children across Ireland.

Open to fifth and sixth class in primary schools and all students in secondary school this year’s awards will focus on creative dramatic writing. Students in Tipperary are being asked to demonstrate their playwriting skills and write a short scene based on the theme of friendship.

All shortlisted schools will win a class trip for up to thirty students and teachers to see ‘War Horse’ at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on April 9th. The winning student in each category will receive a €150 One4all voucher. The overall winner will receive a €300 One4all voucher as well as a €1,000 bursary for their school and €1,000 worth of books for their school library.

Entries can be submitted in script form, narrative form or in video form and the closing date for entries is February 13th.

There are three categories for this year’s awards: Primary (5th & 6th class) 500 words limit, Junior Secondary (1st - 3rd year) 750-word limit, Senior Secondary (4th/TY - 6th year) 1,000-word limit.

Video submissions should be no longer than five minutes and must include a written copy of the scene also.

Entries can be submitted in English or Irish to studenttheatre@realyouth.ie or by post to The Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards, Real Youth, Fumbally Court, Fumbally Lane, Dublin 8.

Commenting at the launch Amy Huberman said: “I am delighted to help officially launch the first-ever Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards. These awards have been set up to reward and encourage participation in drama in schools and I think it’s really important that we recognise young creative talent from an early age and encourage young people to take part in drama and writing”.

Closing date is February 13th; finalists announced in March and the awards will take place at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on Wednesday, April 9th. For further information on the awards, visit www.bordgaisenergy.ie/schools