Tuesday, February 04, 2020

Darren Skelton, MC for the night, Mary Frances Ryan, Editor, and Pat McEvoy, arts correspondent, at the Waterford News & Star Green Room Awards in the Theatre Royal. Photo: Joe Evans

Theatre Royal: Waterford News & Star Green Room Awards

 

THERE wasn’t a night like this since the old finals of Tops. This was more buzzzzzzzzz than buzz, more glamorous than glam, more high-energy than a nuclear power station. The entire Arts Community in Waterford sitting down in one of the oldest theatres in Ireland to acknowledge the quality and diversity of artistic achievement in the Déise for the last year. And the noise was deafening. I haven’t heard such noise in the theatre since results nights in the Sixties Tops.

The Waterford News & Star Green Room Awards had finally hit the stage and the anticipation was electric. For the last month, nominations were published in two tranches – Amateur and Professional. Debate began, who’s in and who’s out, what’s nominated and what’s not, who will be the biggest winners? Nominees were thrilled. After all, we have awards for every sphere of life in Waterford – and rightly so. But these were OUR awards. The Arts Community awards that acknowledges excellence in every type of performance and artistic achievement.

Des Manahan, Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, at the Waterford News & Star Green Room Awards at the Theatre Royal. Photo: Joe Evans

Sometimes it’s huge and awards come in multiples – like Jim Nolan’s new play ‘The Red Iron’ or Southeastern Theatre’s marvellous production of ‘Cats’ or Brewery Lane Theatre’s marvellous dramas ‘Gaslight’ or ‘It’s the Real McCoy’.

And sometimes it’s small and individual – like Lisa Murphy’s painting of the Tramore Promenade murals that attracted hundreds of admirers to engage in the process.

Whatever way the awards come, they’re greeted with screams of delight. As are the nominations. MD for the night, Wayne Brown had underscoring for the announcement of the Nominations that would have spooked century-old ghosts and fanfares for the winners that would have kept Dáil candidates awake for weeks.

Jim Nolan, Padraig O’Griofa and Michael Grant, Outstanding Theatrical/Artistic Event of the Year, The Red Iron, receiving the award from Pat McEvoy, at the Waterford News & Star Green Room Awards at the Theatre Royal. Photo: Joe Evans

 

MC for the evening Darren Skelton is witty, informative and keeps the show on the road. Producer Dermot Keyes gave us a top-drawer concert that was full of variety and quality and representative of all the work I’ve reviewed over the last year: musical theatre, classical music, professional and amateur drama, history talks and art exhibitions, ballet and my personal favourite – Opera. Performers were Jack Cunningham’s ‘Chicago medley’ and Jack McGrath and Aisling Giles from Cats, Isaac Casey with ‘Close Every Door to Me’, violinist Barry Kennedy with ‘Schindler’s List’, Dermot Keyes sang ‘Some Enchanted Evening’, Vanessa Whelan sang ‘I Could Have Danced All Night’ and dueted with Derek Ryan for ‘All I Ask of You’, and the Bilberry Goats had a council meeting that decided to take up the tarmac on the Greenway to Dungarvan!

The Waterford News & Star Green Room Awards beautifully designed by Penrose Crystal. Photo: Joe Evans

The announcements bounced between myself and Darren and injected that frisson of tension that was just right. Winners were swiftly brought to the stage from all over the house by the hard-working Theatre Royal front of house staff where the Awards were presented by Mayor John Pratt, WLR’s Mary O’Neill, Editor Mary Frances Ryan and doyen of Thin Gin Nichola Beresford. There was a gin bar in the Foyer dispensing free Thin Gin – courtesy of Nichola Beresford and Anchor Spirits – and a jazz combo to welcome the public before hand and send happy out patrons into the theatre.

The Bursary Award of €1,000 went to aerial performer and theatre-maker Rachel Ní Bhraonáin to fund her next project ‘MOSH’; the Barrack Street Concert Band were popular winners of the People’s Choice Award and the Outstanding Theatrical/Artistic Event of the Year went to Waterford playwright Jim Nolan’s new play ‘The Red Iron’.

Des Manahan, Lifetime Achievement recipient, receiving his award from Mayor of Waterford City & County Cllr John Pratt, at the Waterford News & Star Green Room Awards at the Theatre Royal. Photo: Joe Evans

The biggest reception of the night was reserved for the Lifetime Achievement Award. The screen rolled footage of Des Manahan’s performances as screen tributes were paid to Des in recognition of his contribution to Waterford theatre. Long before the film finished, the audience were on their feet to pay tribute to a legend and the ovation was long and sustained.

A great finale to a great night.

 

WATERFORD NEWS & STAR GREEN ROOM AWARD WINNERS

 

PROFESSIONAL THEATRE 

Best Stage Management

WINNER: Shane Taheny (Waterford Pantomime Society, Robin Hood and Babes in the Wood)

 

Best Sound and Lighting

WINNER: Barry McKinney & Joe Hunt (Shackleton, Blue Raincoat at Garter Lane)

 

Best Set

WINNER: Dermot Quinn (The Red Iron, Garter Lane)

Dermot Quinn, best set for The Red Iron, at Garter Lane receiving his award from Nichola Beresford,Thin Gin, sponsor, at the Waterford News & Star Green Room Awards at the Theatre Royal. Photo: Joe Evans

 

Best Opera

WINNER: Orfeo ed Euridici (Irish National Opera, Theatre Royal)

Mary Boland, Theatre Royal, sponsor, accepting the award for Best Opera, Orfeo ed Euridici (Irish National Opera, Theatre Royal), from Nichola Beresford, Thin Gin, sponsor, at the Waterford News & Star Green Room Awards at the Theatre Royal. Photo: Joe Evans

 

Best New Play

WINNER: Pat Kinevane (‘Before’, Fishamble Theatre Co., Garter Lane)

 

Best Supporting Actor in a Professional Play

WINNER: Seán Aherne (Red n’ Blue Theatre Co., Lovesong, Garter Lane)

 

Best Supporting Actress in a Professional Play

WINNER: Mary Flavin Colbert (Red n’ Blue Theatre Co., ‘Lovesong’ at Garter Lane)

Mary Flavin Colbert, Best Supporting Actress in a Professional Play (Red n’ BlueTheatre Co., Lovesong at Garter Lane, receiving her award from Nichola Beresford,Thin Gin, Sponsor, at the Waterford News & Star Green Room Awards at the Theatre Royal. Photo: Joe Evans

 

Best Male Performance in a Professional Play

WINNER: Brian Doherty (‘The Red Iron’, Garter Lane)

 

Best Female Performance in a Professional Play

WINNER: Anne O’Riordan (Ghosting, Theatre Royal)

 

Best Director in a Professional Play

WINNER: Jim Nolan (The Red Iron, Garter Lane)

 

Best Professional Play

WINNER: The Red Iron (Jim Nolan, Garter Lane)

Jim Nolan, writer and director of The Red Iron, accepting his award at the Waterford News & Star Green Room Awards at the Theatre Royal. Photo: Joe Evans

 

ART AND HISTORY

Best Exhibition

WINNER: Lisa Murphy (Tramore Promenade murals)

Lisa Murphy, Best Exhibition, Tramore Promenade Murals, receiving her award from Mary O’Neill, WLR, media sponsor, at the Waterford News & Star Green Room Awards at the Theatre Royal. Photo: Joe Evans

 

Best Historical Talk

WINNER: Dr Eugene Broderick (Waterford Museum of Treasures)

 

AMATEUR DRAMA

Best Supporting Actor in an Amateur Drama:

WINNER: Walter Dunphy (‘It’s the Real McCoy, Brewery Lane)

 

Best Supporting Actress in an Amateur Drama

WINNER: Paula Weldon (‘Macbeth’, Suir Look Theatre, Garter Lane)

 

Best Male Performance in an Amateur Drama

WINNER: Neill Bourke (‘Gaslight’, Brewery Lane)

 

Best Female Performance in an Amateur Drama

WINNER: Suzanne Dunne (‘Gaslight’, Brewery Lane Drama)

 

Best Director in an Amateur Drama

WINNER: Rose Anne Glascott (‘Gaslight’ at Brewery Lane)

 

Best Amateur Drama

WINNER: ‘It’s the Real McCoy’ (Brewery Lane Theatre, Carrick-on-Suir)

Best Amateur Drama, It’s the Real McCoy, Brewery Lane Theatre, Carrick -on-Suir, receiving the award from Mary O’Neill, WLR, media sponsor, at the Waterford News & Star Green Room Awards at the Theatre Royal. Photo: Joe Evans

 

MUSIC & MUSICALS

Best Youth Show

WINNER: Annie (TheatreBox, Theatre Royal)

 

Best Youth Performance

WINNER: Isaac Casey, (Joseph, Joseph & The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat De La Salle College)

Isaac Casey, Best Youth Performance, Joseph & The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, De La Salle College receiving his award from Mary Frances Ryan, Editor, Waterford News & Star at the Green Room Awards at the Theatre Royal. Photo: Joe Evans

 

Best Costumes

WINNER: Avril Musgrave & Elaine Tighe (Cats, South Eastern Theatre Co., Theatre Royal)

 

Best Concert

WINNER: National Youth Orchestra of Ireland concert (Symphony Club of Waterford, WIT Arena)

 

Best Choir

WINNER: Madrigallery

 

Best Male Comic Performance

WINNER: Neil Bourke (It’s the Real McCoy, Brewery Lane Theatre, Carrick-on-Suir)

 

Best Female Comic Performance

WINNER: Aisling Giles (Rumpleteazer, Cats, South Eastern Theatre Co., Theatre Royal)

Aisling Giles, Best Female Comic Performance, Rumpleteazer, Cats, South Eastern Theatre Co., Theatre Royal, receiving her award from Mary Frances Ryan, at the Waterford News & Star Green Room Awards at the Theatre Royal. Photo: Joe Evans

 

Best Supporting Male Performance in a Musical

WINNER: Leon Sheehan (TheatreBox, Annie, Theatre Royal)

 

Best Supporting Female Performance in a Musical

WINNER: Aisling Larkin (Bombalurina, Cats, South Eastern Theatre Co., Theatre Royal)

 

Best Male Performance in a Musical

WINNER: Dermot Keyes (Emile, South Pacific, Waterford Musical Society)

Dermot Keyes performs at the Waterford News & Star Green Room Awards in the Theatre Royal. Photo: Joe Evans

 

Best Female Performance in a Musical

WINNER: Jennifer White (Velma Kelly, Chicago, Jack Cunningham Productions, Garter Lane)

 

Best Choreographer

WINNER: Jack Cunningham (Chicago, Garter Lane)

Jack Cunningham, centre, performing during the Waterford News & Star Green Room Awards in the Theatre Royal. Photo: Joe Evans

Best Musical Director

WINNER: Fergal Carroll (Chicago, Carrick-on-Suir Musical Society)

 

Best Director in a Musical/Opera

WINNER: David Hennessy (Cats, South Eastern Theatre Co., Theatre Royal)

David Hennessy, Best Director in a Musical/Opera, Cats, South Eastern Theatre Co., Theatre Royal, receiving his award from Mary Frances Ryan, at the Waterford News & Star Green Room Awards at the Theatre Royal. Photo: Joe Evans

 

Best Musical

WINNER: Cats (South Eastern Theatre Co., Theatre Royal)

Christine Hennessy, Best Musical, Cats, South Eastern Theatre Co., Theatre Royal, receiving the award from Mary Frances Ryan, at the Waterford News & Star Green Room Awards at the Theatre Royal. Photo: Joe Evans

 

€1,000 BURSARY AWARD

Rachel Ní Bhraonáin

Rachel Ni Bhraonain, Bursary Award recipient, receiving her award from Mayor of Waterford City & County Cllr John Pratt, at the Waterford News & Star Green Room Awards at the Theatre Royal. Photo: Joe Evans

 

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

People’s Choice Award, Barrack Street Concert Band, receiving the award from Mayor of Waterford City & County Cllr John Prattat the Waterford News & Star Green Room Awards at the Theatre Royal. Photo: Joe Evans

The public’s choice from our adjudicated shortlist for Theatre/ Arts/ Entertainment Group of the Year

Nominations: Barrack Street Concert Band; Imagine Arts Festival; Waterford Youth Arts; Immrama Festival of Travel Writing, Lismore; GOMA (Gallery of Modern Art); SCOW (Symphony Club of Waterford); Little Red Kettle; Waterford Walls; Curtain Call Productions, Dungarvan; Waterford Lions Club Christmas Carol Concert.

WINNER: Barrack Street Concert Band

 

OUTSTANDING THEATRICAL/ARTISTIC EVENT OF THE YEAR

Nominations: Love Song (Red n’ Blue Theatre Company, Garter Lane), Orfeo Ed Euridice (Irish National Opera, Theatre Royal), Lisa Murphy (Tramore Promenade Art Murals), National Youth Orchestra of Ireland (Symphony Club of Waterford, WIT Arena), Cats (Southeastern Theatre Group, Theatre Royal), The Red Iron (Jim Nolan, Garter Lane), Spraoi (August Bank Holiday Street Theatre Festival).

WINNER: The Red Iron (Jim Nolan, Garter Lane)

 

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Des Manahan

Des Manahan, Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, with Carrie Crowley, who presented him with a framed montage of photos representing his career on the stage. Photo: Joe Evans

MEMORIES FROM THE NIGHT…

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By Pat McEvoy, Arts Correspondent
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