Teenagers display dramatic talents at the Alley Theatre

Thornhill College with their production of 'Shakers' at the North West Schools Drama Festival. (2003JC4)
Thornhill College with their production of 'Shakers' at the North West Schools Drama Festival. (2003JC4)

Quality drama and outstanding talent shone through when seven local secondary schools and colleges took to the stage at Strabane’s Alley Theatre for the recent North West Schools Drama Festival.

Organised by the Strabane Drama Festival Committee and the Alley Theatre schools were invited along to perform a 20 production in front of a packed audience and Dan Gordan who was adjudicator for both nights. This year’s competing schools were from Derry, Strabane, Omagh, Donegal, Ballygawley and Coleraine.

North West Schools Drama Festival - Front, from left to right, are Sarah Black, Loise Crossan, Chloe, Condren, Rachel Brown (Thornhill College), Emma Nugent ( St Ciarans College), Carol Doherty, Ayshia Healey, Rebecca Coul, Hanna O'Hara (St Cecilia's College), Ciara McCay (Strabane Drama Festival Committee), and at the back, from left to right, are Dan Gordan, Gordan McCauley, James Dowling ( Royal & Prior Comprehensive) and Brian McMahon, Chairman of Strabane District Council. (2003JC2)

North West Schools Drama Festival - Front, from left to right, are Sarah Black, Loise Crossan, Chloe, Condren, Rachel Brown (Thornhill College), Emma Nugent ( St Ciarans College), Carol Doherty, Ayshia Healey, Rebecca Coul, Hanna O'Hara (St Cecilia's College), Ciara McCay (Strabane Drama Festival Committee), and at the back, from left to right, are Dan Gordan, Gordan McCauley, James Dowling ( Royal & Prior Comprehensive) and Brian McMahon, Chairman of Strabane District Council. (2003JC2)

Co. Donegal’s Royal & Prior Comprehensive wowed the audience and Dan Gordan with their production of ‘Hamlet’ winning ‘Best Overall Play’ as well as ‘Best Actor’ going to James Dowling and ‘Best Supporting Actor’ being awarded to Gordan McCauley. The girls from St Cecilia’s College were delighted as Carol Doherty, Ayshia Healy, Rebecca Coul and Hanna O’Hara walked away with the Best Actress Awards for their production of ‘Shakers’. Best Supporting Actress went to Emma Nugent from St. Ciaran’s College, Ballygawley for her role in ‘Girls & Dolls’. Best Moment of Theatre went to the girls from Thornhill College, Derry for their production of ‘Shakers’.

Congratulating everyone, adjudicator Dan Gordan said: “The acting talent this year was a credit to all the schools, I applaud everyone that took part and especially welcome those schools who have participated for the first time and came such a distance to perform, the students and teachers should be very proud of what has been achieved over the past two nights.”

Ciara McCay, Strabane Drama Festival Committee, said: “Thank you to all the schools that took part and to everyone who attended, I know the audience enjoyed all the performances as much as I did. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to show off their talents on stage and we look forward to welcoming you all back next year.”