WATERFORD, IRELAND, April 8, 2009 -- WLRfm and Bausch & Lomb announced yesterday the names and organizations that are recipients of the 2009 Artists and Entertainers Awards.
The annual awards ceremony, sponsored by Bausch & Lomb and Waterford’s top-rated radio station WLRfm, was established in 2002 to recognize the people and organizations making significant contributions to Waterford’s arts and culture at the local, national and international level.
The announcement below provides additional information about the people and organizations honored this year.
WLRfm/Bausch & Lomb Arts and Entertainment Award judges name winners for 2008
Actor John Rogan; Dungarvan Dramatic Club; young actress Holly Browne and Wexford Festival Opera Chairman, Paul Hennessy took the four major awards at the WLRfm/Bausch & Lomb Arts & Entertainment Awards gala presentation evening at Garter Lane Arts Centre. For her work in theatre, particularly the Waterford Festival of Light Opera, Jo Moylan was presented with a special lifetime achievement award.
John Rogan, who has a long association with the Royal Shakespeare Company in the UK, first went to London in 1968 to become a professional actor. His theatre credits include productions at Chichester Festival, Oxford Playhouse, Birmingham Rep, Abbey Theatre, Druid Theatre Galway, as well as a Broadway season in the revival of Tom Stoppard’s ‘Jumpers’. On television he has been seen in ‘Wren’; ‘The Bill’; ‘Father Ted’; ‘Small World’; ‘Porterhouse Blue’; ‘Poirot’ and ‘Squaring the Circle’. Also in 2008, he had a cameo-part in the Soho Theatre production of ‘A Couple of Poor, Polish-Speaking-Romanians’.
Dungarvan Dramatic Club was founded in Dungarvan Town Hall in 1941, and has presented 93 different plays during this time. The current President is Margaret Dennehy.
The 2008 Dramatic Club production was ‘The Whiteheaded Boy’, a comedy by Lennox Robinson. It was the second time that the club has performed this play, which was first performed in the Town Hall Theatre in 1947 – so it seemed a fitting production for the Theatre’s re-opening following its refurbishment. ‘The Whiteheaded Boy’ was sold out for its four-night run in April last.
Holly Browne was nominated for her portrayal of Juliet in the Red Kettle performance of ‘Romeo and Juliet’, which delighted audiences during its first run in July, and returned to Garter Lane for a revived run during November. Holly, a student at Yeats College, received rave reviews for her portrayal of Juliet, the latest in a string of leading roles which includes that of Dorothy in ‘The Wizard of Oz’; Blousey in ‘Bugsy Malone’ and Sharpay in ‘High School Musical’. She has also performed in ‘The Sound of Music’ and ‘Michael Collins’, both with Brian Flynn Theatrix. Holly’s first experiences at treading the boards was when she was just 10 years old, appearing in the Red Kettle summer series of plays.
Waterford-born Paul Hennessy has been Chairman of Wexford Festival Opera for the past five years. He has been deeply involved in Theatre all his life and appeared on the Theatre Royal stage many times before moving to Wexford in the late 1980s. He joined the Board of Wexford Festival Opera in 1989 and has worked tirelessly for the organization over the past 20 years as it developed and enhanced its international reputation for excellence in the performance of rare and unjustly neglected opera. He has been a major driver of the Festival’s ambitious initiative to build the new modern Opera House for Ireland in Wexford, a project which took twelve years to complete and cost €33million.
The ‘lifetime achievement’ award went to Jo Moylan for a lifetime of service to the arts, particularly theatre. In 1948, Jo, a native of Fermoy, Co Cork, who celebrates her 90th birthday this year, moved with her husband to Waterford. A pioneer of Waterford theatre in the early 1950s, she was a member of the De La Salle Musical Society and took part in many productions. Among her most noted roles was that of ‘Azuri’ in the 1952 production of ‘Desert Song’. In 1955, Jo co-founded the Smith School of Acting with the late Liam Smith. The school was noted for its John B Keane productions to which it had the amateur rights. The school toured locally with these plays.
Jo was very involved in the revival of the Theatre Royal Society and was an active committee member. With her late husband, Tom, she was also one of the founding directors of Waterford International Festival of Light Opera and was, in later years, WLRfm’s drama critic at WIFLO.
At the presentation function, Mark Fenton, representing Bausch & Lomb, said: “The Arts and Entertainment awards have been a greatly sought-after endorsement of excellence within the arts community. The arts were a very important part of the life of a vibrant community and never more so than in the current economic climate. Waterford is fortunate in the extraordinary wealth of talent it enjoys in all fields of artistic endeavor from theatre and music to the fine arts and we can only hope that the creativity of our artists and performers will help to brighten the coming times and perhaps, even help point the way to a brighter future?”
Other nominees for 2008 were: artist, Clare Scott; actress Greta Rochford; actor Andrew Macklin; set-designer, Paul Barry; Dave Duggan for his one-man, one act play ‘AH 6905’, which explores the ways of dealing with Northern Ireland’s troubled past; director, John Grubb, nominated for his production of ‘Hound’, which was performed at the Forum in Waterford as part of the Waterford Fringe Festival; ‘Diversions’ by Waterford Youth Arts, love stories, robberies and surreal theatre performed on Kenneally’s bus and film-maker, Stephen Byrne.
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