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Pictured launching the Waterford News & Star Green Room Awards 2023, which take place in Theatre Royal on Sunday, February 26th, are Maria Clifford and Regina Mangan, Liberty Blue Estate Agents (Lead Sponsor), Pat McEvoy, Waterford News & Star Arts Correspondent, Dermot Quinn, Theatre Royal, Mairin Walsh, Waterford Treasures – representing Waterford City & County Council (Lead Sponsor), and Mary Frances Ryan, Editor, Waterford News & Star. Photo: Joe Evans


Celebrating arts, theatre and culture across Waterford city and county


PAT McEvoy, arts correspondent with the Waterford News & Star, has been taking his seat in theatres and auditoriums across Waterford all year, critiquing and supporting the work of the Déise’s amateur and professional performers. This February, the Waterford News & Star once again takes Pat’s annual Green Room Awards from the page to the stage for a special, uniquely Waterford night of entertainment.

The Green Room Awards, which are kindly supported by our lead sponsors, Waterford City & County Council and Liberty Blue Estate Agents, take place in the Theatre Royal at 8pm on Sunday, February 26, featuring a spectacular variety show by the crème de la crème of Waterford talent, and a pre-show reception with support from Thin Gin, Spraoi, and The Art Hand.

Nominees for the Green Room Awards are revealed in this week’s print edition of the Waterford News & Star (pages 20-21) and on our website via this link: And the nominees are…

Tickets for the Waterford News & Star Green Room Awards are €20 and go on sale through the Theatre Royal Box Office from tomorrow (Wednesday, February 1) for nominees, and from Saturday, February 4 to the general public.


The Awards

The Green Room Awards celebrate the diversity, scale and quality of theatre, arts and culture in Waterford. The awards encompass professional and amateur, musicals, drama, comedy, choral, panto, and all the roles therein, as well as art and culture events. They are as much about community as they are about the arts, reflecting how deeply embedded amateur theatre, performance and the arts are in Waterford.

During the glitzy event, during this Awards Season, Pat McEvoy’s Green Room Award winners will be revealed, alongside a highly entertaining variety show produced by Pat McEvoy and hosted by both Pat and Dymphna Nugent.

There will be over 30 awards, covering hundreds of performances and roles, with upwards of 100 nominees – including entire drama and musical theatre companies, and large scale performances.

Pat McEvoy has reviewed more than 100 shows and events, with these performances seen by thousands of Waterford people who have packed out the Theatre Royal, Garter Lane Theatre, and theatres and venues across the county.

Also highly anticipated are a number of special awards decided by an adjudication panel, including the Green Room Lifetime Achievement Award and a bursary worth €1,000, as well as the People’s Choice Award – for this award our adjudication panel has created a shortlist of 10, which will be put to a public vote in the coming weeks. Our adjudicators are drawn from representatives of Waterford theatre and arts, and Waterford media personnel, with in depth knowledge of the vibrant Waterford arts and culture scene. They include Pat McEvoy, Waterford News & Star Arts Correspondent, Mary Frances Ryan, Editor, Waterford News & Star, Geoff Harris, presenter of WLR FM’s On The Fringe arts and culture show and The Lunchbox, Michael Grant, board member of Garter Lane Arts Centre, and member of the Waterford Cultural Quarter committee, and Sarah Jane Cleary, Director, Imagine Arts Festival 2022, and Creative Spirit Ambassador for the Cultural Quarter.


Pat McEvoy, Waterford News & Star arts correspondent, being filmed by Colin Shanahan, DigiCol Media, at the launch of the Waterford News & Star Green Room Awards, which take place in Theatre Royal on Sunday, February 26. Photo: Joe Evans


The €1,000 Bursary

The Waterford News & Star are delighted to announce that the recipient of the Waterford News & Star Green Room Awards Bursary 2023 – with grant assistance of €1,000 for a person or persons involved in the arts/theatre – will be revealed on the night. Applications are now open for this bursary.

The objective of the Waterford News & Star Green Room Awards Bursary is to support individuals in their endeavours in Arts and Theatre. The bursary is available to people at any stage of their career to develop their practice. It emphasises the value and benefit to a person’s development derived from an extended process of engagement with their practice, and seeks to provide the successful candidate with the time and resources to think, research, reflect and engage with their practice. The bursary will be given to someone who might not otherwise have the funds to achieve his or her potential.

The bursary award is open to people with an involvement in the arts and/or theatre at any stage in their career. To be eligible to apply, applicants must be: A person from, or living in, Waterford City or County, or having an association with Waterford, to develop his or her creative talent; and applying with a view to further developing or kick-starting their career in the field of the Arts and Theatre.

Each application will be judged by an adjudication panel. The recipient will be publicly announced and presented with the bursary at the Waterford News & Star Green Room Awards 2023, in the Theatre Royal on Sunday, February 26.

In order to apply, download the application form and bursary guidelines and terms and conditions from the webpage Green Room Awards and send the completed application form, together with your CV, to the Waterford News & Star. Closing date for bursary applications is Tuesday, February 14, 2023 at 5pm.


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