Andrew Hetherington, CEO, Business to Arts; Gerard Mc Naughton, Chairperson, Business to Arts; Mary Moynihan, Artistic Director, Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company; Daire Murphy, Director, Dublin Samaritans; and Paul O Kane, Chief Communications Officer, DAA. Conor McCabe Photography

Smashing Times awarded daa Arts Award at Allianz Business to Arts Awards Ceremony

Published On 13 September, 2017 | Latest News

Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company are delighted and honoured to be awarded the daa Arts Award at last night’s (Sept 4) Allianz Business to Arts Award Ceremony 2017 at Board Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin. The evening was a powerful celebration of world-class partnerships across the arts and business. Mary Moynihan, Artistic Director, Smashing Times and Daire Murphy, Director, Dublin Samaritans, were both present on stage to receive the award.

Mary Moynihan, Artistic Director of Smashing Times says ‘On behalf of Smashing Times I want to thank daa and the Allianz Business to Arts Awards and all the judges for their incredible support for the arts and to thank them for honouring us with the daa Arts Award which we are delighted to receive. It is a special recognition for the artistic work of the company as well as recognising the powerful role the arts can play in supporting positive mental health.’

According to daa Chief Communications Officer, Paul O’Kane, the daa award is given ‘to reward an arts organisation that has particularly impressed the judges in a given year.’  Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company are delighted to have received this award and look forward to continuing and expanding Acting for the Future, which uses participative theatre workshops, professional performances and post-show panel discussions with counsellors and clinical psychologists to promote active healthy lifestyles, positive mental health and suicide prevention. The project is implemented by Smashing Times in partnership with the Samaritans and Irish Association of Suicidology and takes place across Ireland and Northern Ireland, with second level schools, universities and with a range of youth and adult groups and the general public.

Mary says ‘I want to thank the artists and members of Smashing Times and all the participants who have taken part in Acting for the Future. I especially want to thank the Samaritans for the incredible work they do on the project, it has been a hugely rewarding and successful partnership. A special thanks goes to our patron Senator Joan Freeman, founder of Pieta House, who was instrumental in helping to set up Acting for the Future and who has been a fantastic supporter ever since. Finally, this award celebrates the work of all the organisations that have supported Acting for the Future including ESB Energy for Generations fund, HSE, Arklow Mental Health Week, Dublin City Council and The Hospital Saturday Fund with a special thanks to the Dublin and Waterford and South East Samaritans and the Irish Association of Suicidology.’ Smashing Times are also delighted and honoured to have been awarded a GSK Ireland Impact Award and a Dublin Bus Community Spirit Award for Acting for the Future.

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Adam Traynor, actor, in the Acting for the Future performance piece A Day Out
Photo Credit: Keith Jordan

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