Athenry Boys School wins Drama Trophy – Easter 1998

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The Siobhan McKenna Memorial Competition for Drama in National Schools was held in early February at An Taibhdhearc in Galway. The play’s presented have to be written by a pupil or pupils in the school and performed by them.

Giles Brody had written a play “The Customer Isn’t Always Right” and offered it for production. A cast was put together and after three weeks rehearsing, they went on in the Taibhdhearc. Thirty seven schools took part in the competition with plays both in English and Irish. The adjudicators were drama teacher Peter Molyneaux and journalist Judy Murphy who both sat through a day and a half of plays. The performance put on by the boys on the day was only magic as they all rose majestically to the occasion.

The excitement was intense as the verdicts were announced but finally the announcement was made “The winner of the English section of the competition is Athenry Boys School”. The hall erupted when the boys realised they had won.

The winners got a perpetual trophy of a John Coll sculpture, as well as a £50 token for Kenny’s bookshop and a plate sponsored by Judy Greene and also a one-hour drama workshop.

A special staging of the play was put on in the school for the parents and with musical items from other classes a delightful night of entertainment was enjoyed by the large and appreciative audience. Well done to all concerned.

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Published here 22 Mar 2023 and originally published Easter 1998

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