Young actors take the stage at the Balor

Young actors take the stage at the Balor

Up to 100 of the best young actors in Donegal took to the stage of the Balor Theatre, Ballybofey, recently for the annual Primary Schools Drama Festival.

Organised by Teresa McGowan of the award-winning Butt Drama Circle, the prestigious competition has been running for more than 40 years and took place this month over three nights, from Tuesday, June 7th, to Thursday June 9th.

The aim of the festival is to provide children the experience of performing on the stage of a professional theatre in front of a live audience, and to foster their love of drama from a young age.

All participants are awarded a certificate and each class group received a plaque from the well-known and respected adjudicator, Maura Logue.

Treading the boards on Tuesday night were the children of Ballyraine NS, Letterkenny; SN Cholmcille, Fintown; Glencovitt, Ballybofey and St Mary’s, Stranorlar.

Wednesday saw Moyle NS Newtowncunningham; Sessiaghoneill, Ballybofey and Scoil Naomh Fiachra, Illistrin, Letterkenny.

Finally, on Thursday night there were two groups from St Eunan’s NS, Raphoe; St Mary’s, Stranorlar and Meenagowan NS, Lettermacaward.

The adjudicator said she was very fortunate to have been involved with the schools festival for many years.

Each night, Ms Logue delivered from the stage some wise words of wisdom for the young actors and those in the audience. She also paid tribute to the teachers who she said go beyond the call of duty in taking on their theatre productions.

Ms Logue told those present that she always encourages young people to get involved in theatre, drama and creative learning. She lamented that there is not as many opportunities in that area as there used to be, but said that the Butt Drama Circle and the Balor Theatre were excellent at keeping that beacon of light alive in Donegal.