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Saturday 23 September 2017

St Mary's win all Ireland drama title

Congratulations to the drama team of the TY class at St. Mary's Secondary School, Charleville that won the overall prize in the All-Ireland final of the countrywide TY Schools Drama Competition at the Mullingar Arts Centre in Co. Westmeath, on last Saturday night.

The Charleville girls staged their play, 'No Smoke without Fire,' which was co-written and directed by local playwright Katie Holly.

The journey to the Transition Year All-Ireland drama final began last December when Katie Holly met with a group of 26 students at St. Mary's for drama workshops. Out of these came stories and characters, through improvisation, which Katie then shaped into the script of 'No Smoke without Fire'.

"I was blessed with meeting a very talented and enthusiastic group of young women who gave 100% commitment to the process, the rehearsals and the performance," said Katie.

After a shaky start in the regional heat in the Briery Gap Theatre in Macroom the adjudicator, Michael Twomey, commented on the strength of the script but also advised the group to work on their projection. The actors worked tirelessly under the direction of Katie, along with the support of Ms Sheehan and the staff at St. Mary's.

Teachers moved out of their classes to facilitate rehearsals and also helped with the production of props and travelled with the girls to performances, which was greatly appreciated.

The St. Mary's girls competed against 14 other TY teams drawn from all over the country in the Mullingar Arts Centre last Saturday night, March 4, and emerged being crowned overall winners of the All-Ireland TY Drama Finals 2017.

This is a great achievement for the school, made even sweeter by the fact that Katie Holly is a past pupil of St. Mary's. "Her professionalism and commitment is second to none and we are extremely grateful to her. We wish her every success in the years ahead," said Ms Sheehan.

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