GYT celebrates 21 years of youth theatre with an archival project, funded by Creative Ireland and Kildare County Council Arts Service at in Ballitore's Meeting House.
Due to Level 5 restrictions, Griese Youth Theatre has postponed their 21st anniversary celebrations that were due to be showcased in Ballitore's Meeting House from 26 to 30 October. The new dates dates are December 12 and 13.
GYT celebrates 21 years of youth theatre with an archival project, funded by Creative Ireland and Kildare County Council Arts Service. The main feature is sculpted chicken wire mesh people (see photo below) that provides an interesting and tactile surface for displaying pieces from the archive. Wools and fabric will be woven within the mesh to add vibrancy and colour, and will be lit independently for dramatic affect. The Meeting House space speaks volumes for the sheer amount of life that has passed through GYT's doors. The name of every member that has been in the youth theatre over the last 21 years will be displayed in a Jenga-like tower composed of slate and wood in the courtyard.
Artist Emily Vaughan, a former GYT member for many years, has been selected to introduce her professional expertise. Her return for this special occasion shows current members how GYT sparked her interest in the arts and informed her career choice. Actor Dee Burke, also a former longtime GYT member, has been engaged to create an accompanying sound design piece, which will be played as part of the exhibition.
This project celebrates the resilience of a diverse group of young people and aims to push them further in their own artistic practice, with a focus on carrying that self-belief and resilience into their own lives. GYT aims to produce an online experience of the installation in the event that Governement restrictions preclude live engagement at the Meeting House. For more information, visit GYT's FB page here.