WALKER EWART was a teacher of French and Spanish for 23 years and retired from working as a schools’ inspector in 2012. He was awarded the O.B.E. for ‘services to education’ in the 2013 New Year’s honours list.
His first taste of the stage was at the age of 14 in the role of Sir Oliver Surface in ‘School for Scandal’ and from then on he was smitten by drama. At university, and during his year in France, he took the opportunity to act in French and Spanish.
He has been involved with the amateur drama circuit for over forty years as a director and actor, as well as an administrator. He is a past chairman of the Association of Ulster Drama Festivals. He appeared in several AUDF finals in the Grand Opera House and the Lyric Theatre, Belfast most notably as Torvald in ‘A Doll’s House’ with Bangor Drama Club (also in Athlone), ‘The Gentle Island’ with Bangor (this play later went to Florida), ‘Observe the Sons of Ulster …’ (winners) with Bangor and ‘ Amadeus’ (winners) with Holywood Players (also in Athlone). Walker has worked with several drama groups throughout Ireland and enjoys vocal work and the exploration of character.
He has adjudicated throughout Ireland and in Scotland, most notably at the All-Ireland Full-length Finals in Athlone in 2008 & 2015, the All-Ireland One-Act Finals in 2003 & 2012; the All-Ireland Full-length Confined Finals in 2005 & 2012, the N. Ireland One-Act Finals in 2006 & 2016, the British One-Act Finals in Enniskillen in 2009, the Scottish Community Drama finals in Inverness in May 2011 and the Ulster Drama Finals in May 2013. He will adjudicate the British finals in Belfast in July. In Scotland, he is delighted to have adjudicated in such diverse locations as Portree in Skye, Grangemouth, Orkney, Birnam & Edinburgh.
Walker is looking forward to his first visit to Doonbeg.