Dunluce WIN Ulster-Scots Post-Primary Drama Project

Recently Dunluce School received the news that our last year’s Year 12 BTEC Performing Arts pupils had won the Ulster-Scots post-primary school ‘Drama’ award. Naturally, this delighted the entire Dunluce school family and community.

The Drama Department lead by the Head of Drama, Mrs. L. Moore, was praised for connecting and developing the original project into the BTEC curriculum. The pupils wrote two short plays born out of the original project combining them to make one play which pupil’s named ‘The Great War’. This was performed to an evening audience and the local Bushmills branch of The British Legion were invited to attend. It was indeed a very moving and mature performance from the cast.

The original project ‘Wae a Heart an a half’ by Philip Orr was workshopped and developed by external drama and dance practitioners along with Mrs. Moore, and performed to the whole school.

The Principal, Mr. Smyth, Mrs. Moore and two members of the cast were interviewed for popular radio Ulster-Scots programme ‘A Kist O Wurds’. The Director of Education and Language Trina Sommerville came to Dunluce to interview Mrs. Moore and two members of the cast who played a father and a son David Kirkwood and Isaac Malcom.

The school was over the moon to be short-listed but, on discovering that they had won, were utterly delighted; especially for the pupils as a lot of hard-work and extra rehearsals had taken place and they had really put their heart and soul into the project and writing the plays. They had gone the extra mile with it and it paid off.

Standards were very high and the school was up against 9 other schools.

Gary Blair from the Ulster-Scots agency came to the school’s recent prize day to present the award and had this to say when he took to the stage.

“I had been approached by CE0 to select 10 post-primary schools to learn and perform ‘Wae a Heart and a Hauf’ and thought of Dunluce immediately due to their great reputation for Drama and also the sacrifice made by the men of Bushmills area in WW1 as the memorial in the centre of the town bears silent testimony to all year round. Also the heroes who survived –Robert Quigg VC and John Meeke MM.”

He also paid tribute to the school for taking on the project and to the pupils who performed it with such feeling, and for developing the play into two separate plays which were then turned into The Great War production.

Last but not least he paid tribute to Mrs. Lynsey Moore saying “Her enthusiasm and passion for Performing Arts is unsurpassed anywhere else in Northern Ireland”.