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Celebrating Waterford Theatre & Arts




Theatre Royal, Sunday, 2nd February at 8pm – €15 (nominees €10)

The deadline for the People’s Choice Award vote has passed. See you on the night!

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Pat McEvoy, arts correspondent with the Waterford News & Star, has been taking his seat in theatres and auditoriums across Waterford, critiquing and supporting the work of the Déise’s amateur and professional performers.

Pat McEvoy

This February, the Waterford News & Star takes Pat’s annual Green Room Awards from the page to the stage during a special inaugural night in the people’s theatre on Sunday, February 2nd. TICKETS NOW ON SALE THROUGH THE THEATRE ROYAL BOX OFFICE.

The Waterford News & Star Green Room Awards will feature a spectacular variety show by the crème de la crème of Waterford talent as we honour those who make it not just alright on the night but send us home with soaring hearts and memories to treasure.

Nominees for the Green Room Awards were revealed in the Waterford News & Star in January – see links below.

Last year’s Waterford News & Star Green Room Awards: “It was another bumper year for the arts in Waterford with new writings, new plays, fascinating exhibitions, sell-out concerts and huge musicals drawing large attendances. Add in a myriad of festivals and you get an inkling of a crammed calendar of creative collective artistic work that is hardly replicated anywhere else in the country.”

“There is really no substitute for a live performance. It isn’t always good; but when it is, it’s magical” – Pat McEvoy


The inaugural Waterford News & Star Green Room Awards 2020 celebrate the diversity, scale and quality of Waterford’s theatre and arts scene – professional and amateur. During this glitzy event in the Theatre Royal, kicking off Awards Season, Pat McEvoy’s Green Room Award Winners will be revealed, alongside a highly entertaining variety show MC’d by Darren Skelton, putting Waterford talent in the spotlight.

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, Central Arts Theatre, and theatres in Dungarvan, Carrick-on-Suir, Portlaw and beyond. The awards encompass musicals, drama, comedy, choral, panto and much more, and all the roles therein. They are as much about community as they are about the arts, reflecting how deeply embedded amateur theatre and performance is in Waterford.

There are over 30 awards covering hundreds of performances and roles, with upwards of 140 nominees – including entire drama and musical theatre companies, and large scale performances.

We are also introducing an adjudicated Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as a People’s Choice Award, chosen by the public from an adjudicated Waterford Theatre/ Entertainment/Arts Group shortlist (voting form at the top of this web page). Our adjudication panel for these two awards are representatives of Waterford theatre and arts, and Waterford media personnel, with in depth knowledge of the vibrant Waterford arts and culture scene in our city and county.

Shortlist for the People’s Choice Award: 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.




Nominees for Pat McEvoy’s Green Room Award Winners were revealed in the Waterford News & Star in January – and are available on our website


GREEN ROOM AWARDS: And the nominees are…

THE GREEN ROOM AWARDS: And the nominees are… Part II



The Waterford News & Star are delighted to announce that the recipient of the Waterford News & Star Green Room Awards Bursary 2020 – with grant assistance of up to €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 bursary will be given to someone who might not otherwise have the funds to achieve his or her potential.’


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.

The bursary 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.


Who can apply? 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 2020, which will be held in the Theatre Royal on February 2nd, 2020 at 8pm.

In order to apply, download the application form and bursary guidelines and terms and conditions, and send the completed application form, together with your CV, to the Waterford News & Star. The closing date for applications is Friday, January 24, 2020 at 5pm. For further information, email [email protected] or telephone 051 874951

Guidelines for applications 🔗are available here as a Word document,
and 🔗the application form can be found here.


The history of theatre in Waterford is widely respected – from the Tops of the Town and the Waterford International Festival of Light Opera, to highly acclaimed Red Kettle and Spraoi. At one stage all the major companies in Waterford participated in the Tops of the Town, with Bausch & Lomb, Rayban and Waterford Crystal synonymous with Waterford entertainment and performance.

We draw upon this heritage in the Waterford News & Star Green Room Awards and through an exhibition on the night of the awards in the foyer of the Theatre Royal, featuring photos from the Waterford News & Star archives and the participation of Spraoi.

While the Tops of the Town might be long gone, the love of theatre is alive and thriving in Waterford. Hundreds of Waterford people continue to participate in local theatre and the arts, supported by their families and friends. They come from all walks of life and business.


The Waterford News & Star is delighted to acknowledge its hugely valued supporters for their backing of the Waterford News & Star Green Room Awards. Our lead sponsors are Waterford City & County Council, Creative Ireland and Theatre Royal.


Waterford City & County Council, as part of the Creative Ireland 2017-2022 programme, are supporting the Green Room Awards as a way of celebrating the theatre, arts and culture in Waterford city and county and highlighting the quality and diversity of talent in our city and county.


The Theatre Royal is delighted to be part of the inaugural News & Star Green Room Awards. Located in the heart of the Viking Triangle, the Theatre Royal is the premier venue in the South East region and plays a key role in the cultural life of Waterford City and County. Theatre Royal is recognised for nurturing community theatre.


Thin Gin, Multi Award Winning Gin from a Waterford Company. True Déise Spirit!  Delighted to support the Arts in Waterford.


WLR is Ireland’s Local Station for the Year for 2020. WLR broadcasts from state of the art studios in Waterford City and Dungarvan to the people of Waterford City and County. WLR provides a lively mix of news, sport, current affairs, arts, music and community updates 24/7. WLR is very much a part of the fabric of everyday life in Waterford and is a trusted media source for the people of Waterford.


Waterford Chamber, Waterford’s largest business representative organisation, is proud to support the Arts, through the Green Room Awards. The cultural offering in our city is exceptional and as a Chamber we endeavour to promote Waterford as a great place to live, work, invest in and do business. The magnificent Theatre Royal is steeped in history and the nominees follow in the footsteps of some of the world’s greatest performers. They truly are an asset to our city and we commend them for their commitment and professionalism to the arts. It is an integral part of the lifestyle offering in Waterford, which we as a Chamber are so proud to promote nationally and internationally.


Crystal Valley Tech is a not for profit organization set up in late 2017 to promote Tech in the Southeast. Comprised of Founders and CEOs in addition to the President of WIT Professor Willie Donnelly, CVT is a voice for the 122 Tech Firms of the Southeast. The organization headed up by CEO Elaine Fennelly has a simple objective – to make the Southeast the location of choice for ICT Firms and ICT Professionals. The company’s three pillars are Promotion, Recruitment and Education and in the two years since being set up it has made huge progress.


ArcLabs, Waterford Institute of Technology’s Research and Innovation Centre, is delighted to support the Green Room Awards, celebrating the Arts in Waterford. In 2019, the Art at ArcLabs initiative was launched, using this innovation space on WIT’s West Campus to showcase the work of local artists. Join us in ArcLabs on February 22, between 3pm and 6pm to meet Peter Binder, whose work is currently on exhibit in the centre. Register for your free place on Eventbrite.


The idea back in 1993 was simply to have some fun and perhaps a little madness on a Summer Sunday. This initial idea materialised as a one-day event held on the streets of Waterford City. It was so successful that an idea grew; perhaps it could become an annual summer festival in Waterford? Thus began it all. And what has since developed is one of Ireland’s leading street arts companies: Spraoi. The August Bank Holiday Spraoi Festival attracts an over 100,000 people to Waterford City.


The Art Hand is a family run business, with classes and events run by professional artists Miranda and Sean Corcoran. They also produce and sell their own paintings, mosaics, stained glass and sand art prints. The Art Hand is a custom-built art school located near Bunmahon on the Waterford coast in Ireland. They are situated in an area of great natural beauty called The Copper Coast that is designated by UNESCO as a Global Geopark.