26 & 27 May, 8pm

County Wexford Youth Theatre - Doublebill

HAMLETMACHINE
by Heiner Muller

Hamletmachine is a postmodernist drama which borrows from Shakespeare, T.S. Eliot,Tom Stoppard and  Jean-Luc Godard and deals not only with the ideas of communism and feminism, but the idea of being trapped in any time or situation. Performed by the oldest CWYT group.

in a double-bill with:

Benji
devised with some text by Claire Dowie

Benji is about a young girl and her imaginary friend.  Benji is wilful and naughty.   But they are best friends. We follow Claire and Benji on their adventures, which gradually start to become more sinister.  However, when Claire decides to leave childish things behind Benji is not happy. Performed by a cast aged 14-16 years.

Dates:
26 & 27 May, 8pm
Venue:
Wexford Arts Centre
26 - 27 May, 8PM

County Wexford Youth Theatre - Doublebill

THE THREE GOLDEN HAIRS
adapted from the Brother’s Grimm
The youngest CWYT group perform a contemporary take of this classic fairy tale in their own inimitable fashion.

SHOWTIME
adapted from Tim Etchell’s script
Narrated by a clown with a fake dynamite bomb strapped to her chest, the piece begins with a naïve text describing just what a good piece of theatre should be. From this amateurish advice about simple scenery, good casting and dress rehearsals, Showtime soon decays into a chaos of game shows, a dog that talks about suicide and a series of insistent questions asked of a dying thug as he lies bleeding outside a Wendy house. Performed by a cast aged between 12 and 14 years.

Dates:
26 - 27 May, 8PM
Venue:
Wexford Arts Centre
4 - 5 May

Kildare Youth Theatre - King Lear

Kildare Youth Theatre presents
KING LEAR
by William Shakespeare

Thursday 4th – Friday 5th May
Time: 7pm (Thursday). 12pm & 7pm (Friday) | tickets: €10 / €6

This complex tragedy of a powerful, but ignorant, king who is transformed by the loss of everything into becoming a simple man with nothing except his knowledge of himself and his empathy for his down-trodden people is often cited as Shakespeare’s finest play. It is the great play about homelessness, very relevant today as Ireland grapples with its housing crisis. It also has much to say about wisdom and power, especially in the light of recent political regime change across the western world.  Directed by Peter Hussey, it features young actors from Kildare schools who are studying this text for their Leaving Cert in 2018.

King Lear is the 8th annual Shakespearian production staged by Kildare Youth Theatre. Special show for 5th years on Friday 5th at 12pm.

Dates:
4 - 5 May
Venue:
Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co. Kildare
Bookings
www.riverbank.ie
More Info
www.riverbank.ie/event/kildare-youth-theatre-presents-king-lear/
12 - 14 May, 7.30PM.

County Limerick Youth Theatre - Agóid

The County Limerick Youth Theatre are pleased to present Agóid by Caitríona Ní Mhurchú A play about protest in a post-Trumpian society. Commissioned by Youth Theatre Ireland in partnership with Axis Ballymun. Supported by The Community Foundation For Ireland.

In the not too distant future and against a background of political and economic turmoil, a young woman, Rose Stafford and a group of young environmental activists create the CounterACTion movement. Inspired by the cultural ambitions of the leaders of the Easter Rising, Irish becomes the de-facto language of dissent and theatre becomes the weapon of protest.

The members of CounterACTion are staging a reading of a play – An Abhainn. They are staging it illegally in support of a fellow activist who has been accused of hitting a member of the Citizen Militia during a clash at a local fracking site. Using a play within a play technique, Agóidmeaning Protest, looks at how events are remembered and portrayed to re-enforce a political agenda. Over the course of the evening, loyalties are tested as audience and performers alike question the narrative as the real world comes crashing in around them.

Written and performed in Irish and English Agóid will be performed on May 12th, 13th 14th at 7.30pm. Tickets €10 adults and €5 concessions

Dates:
12 - 14 May, 7.30PM.
Venue:
Friar's Gate Theatre, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick
Bookings
Bookings 063 987 27
14 May

Laois Youth Theatre - Two Plays

Laois Youth Theatre will perform on Sunday 14th May at 3pm at the Dunamaise Arts Centre.

Members of Laois Youth Theatre in Portlaoise aged 12-15 will present an excerpt from Around the Word in 80 Days by Philip Brennan and Stephen Colfer and the older members of the  group will present  Wrap up Warm , an entertaining and intriguing show that they have written themselves to showcase their creative talents.  The two groups have worked hard over the winter month learning their lines and devising costumes for their showcase performance of the year. Admission  €8/ students €5

Laois Youth Theatre groups are run by The Arts Office in Laois County Council and workshops tutored by qualified youth drama facilitators take place at The Youth Education Centre, Railway St, Portlaoise, Co Laois each Friday for aged 12-14 and aged 15-18 running  from September to May.

For more info contact: The Arts Office 057 8644033/13 or E: artsoff@laoiscoco.ie or visit W: www.laois.ie

Dates:
14 May
Venue:
Dunamaise Arts Centre
Bookings
Dunamaise Box Office:057 8663355 or online at www.dunamaise.ie
More Info
www.dunamaise.ie
Ongoing

Update from Activate Youth Theatre

Activate Youth Theatre are doing a day's film making course with Max Le Cain.  On Sat 20th May, they will script and shoot a film with Max at Graffiti Theatre. They are also looking forward to the wrap party for Don’t Smile till Christmas, which will happen in early May.

They'll be saying a sad farewell to a number of the cast members who are preparing for their Leaving Cert Exams and wish them all the luck in the world!

Activate are delighted to announce that they have received funding for the Youth Ensemble Scheme from the Arts Council.  They will be developing a new play in collaboration with Activate Member and playwright Ellie Menton and playwright John McCarthy.  John worked as director on Don’t Smile till Christmas. After an initial planning meeting in May, they will look to scheduling a development week in Midsummer!

Dates:
Ongoing

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