Emerging talent took to the stage at Strabane’s Alley Theatre recently for the North West Schools Drama Festival, featuring participating schools from Derry, Strabane, Ballygawley and Donegal.
The two-day event, on March 14-15, was a great success and the festival judge was celebrated actor, Dan Gordon.
Kicking off the awards, the Best Actress award was jointly won by Maeve Bradley, Maria Carlin, Emer Conway, Mia Gillespie and Chloe Peoples from Holy Cross College with ‘Dreamjobs’.
Best Actor went to Stephen Gorman from St Cecilia’s College with his performance in ‘Sour Milk’. Caron Brannigan won the title as Best Supporting Actress from St Ciaran’s College with her role in ‘Two’, and Peter Sweeney from PCC Falcarragh took the award for Best Supporting Actor for his fantastic performance in ‘Shakespeare’s Dream’.
Thornhill College scooped the Best Moment of Theatre award with its adaptation of ‘Blood Brothers’ and the most coveted award, Best Play, went to St Cecilia’s College with its performance of ‘Granny Knickers’.
The very talented pupils from Loreto Secondary School performed a devised piece called ‘Reduce Abuse’. Holy Cross College entered a second play called ‘Dancing with Lughnasy.’
John Kerr, Alley Theatre manager congratulated all the schools involved in the festival and thanked partners, Concensus, Dan Gordon and the Strabane Drama Committee for their support.