Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Waterford News & Star Green Room Awards impresario Pat McEvoy pictured with Awards Ceremony MC Darren Skelton at the Theatre Royal. Photo: Joe Evans


Voting continues until midnight tomorrow (Thursday) for the People’s Choice Award – go to the web page and click your choice:


WATERFORD News & Star reporter Darren Skelton and Arts Correspondent Pat McEvoy will be the men behind the mics at the Theatre Royal this Sunday night for our inaugural Green Room Awards ceremony.

Darren will bring his on-stage savvy, honed through his two ‘View From The Blue’ stand-up shows to bear on the evening’s proceedings, while Pat shall be on hand to announce the winners of our amateur and professional awards.

The evening will kick off in the vestibule of the Theatre Royal at 7pm this Sunday night with a Gin Reception hosted by Anchor Spirits, the team behind Thin Gin and Muldoons. Spraoi will also be in the Vestibule, hosting a novel ‘Selfie Station’ while there will also be live music from renowned local musicians Michelle Haberlin and Sylvia Dowdall.

Waterford News & Star staff photographer Joe Evans will also host a special exhibition on Sunday evening next, showcasing some of the faces from Waterford’s entertainment past, featuring snaps from the ‘Tops of the Town’ competition and the International Festival of Light Opera.


Tickets for the Waterford News & Star Green Room Awards are available from the Theatre Royal Box Office priced €15 (and €10 for nominees)


On stage itself, amidst the litany of Penrose Crystal-designed awards, which will be presented by a variety of special guests, the night shall feature a range of quality performers from the worlds of musical theatre, classical music and classic Déise humour.

Featuring performances from South Eastern Theatre Group’s ‘Cats’ (Jack McGrath and Aisling Giles), Jack Cunningham Productions’ ‘Chicago’, violinist Barry Kennedy, the Bilberry Goats, the award-winning voices of Vanessa Whelan and Derek Ryan, burgeoning talent Isaac Casey and our own Dermot Keyes, Pat McEvoy is delighted with the variety of talent on show.

“Waterford truly is a city of music,” he said. “And we’ll showcase just how brilliantly it continues to live up to that name through a range of performers who have graced our local stages for years or, in the case of some of our younger acts, are still honing their craft. It’s a testament to everyone in the Waterford News & Star to bring this show from page to stage and I for one cannot wait for Sunday night.”


People’s Choice Award

On Sunday night next, a People’s Choice Award will be revealed as voted for by the public from a shortlist selected by an adjudication panel comprised of Pat McEvoy, Nichola Beresford, Mary O’Neill and Mary Boland. We will also present a Lifetime Achievement award to an individual, chosen by our adjudication panel, who has provided an immense contribution to the arts and theatre scene in Waterford over the course of his/her life.


People’s Choice Award Shortlist

(Vote for your choice in the Waterford Theatre/ Arts/ Entertainment Group of the Year)

  1. SCOW (Symphony Club of Waterford)
  2. GOMA (Gallery of Modern Art)
  3. Waterford Walls
  4. Immrama Festival of Travel Writing, Lismore
  5. Imagine Arts Festival
  6. Barrack Street Concert Band
  7. Waterford Lions Club Christmas Carol Concert
  8. Curtain Call Productions, Dungarvan
  9. Waterford Youth Arts
  10. Little Red Kettle

 To vote for the People’s Choice Award go to

Voting closes at midnight on Thursday, January 30th.


Tickets for the Waterford News & Star Green Room Awards are available from the Theatre Royal Box Office. €15 (nominees €10)

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