Published: 1st April 2015

On Sunday 12 April at 4pm in Birr Theatre and Arts Centre the acting talents of young people from all corners of Offaly will be showcased in their annual stage performance.

The culmination of another successful year for this group sees 25 members from Birr, Tullamore and Edenderry thread the boards in a professional theatre, some for the very first time. 

Offaly Youth Theatre is about the unique relationship between young people and acting for stage and screen. It introduces young people to creative expression in a way that commercial drama academies and school projects can never do. Young members devise their own scripts, express issues of their own concern with the support of professional actors who are committed to extending and enhancing their understanding of theatre.

It is a foundation for potential future artists, but much more than that, it is a living platform for creativity and innovative thinking in young people.

While the venue will be full of parents and friends, it is open to anyone interested in coming along and maybe interested in participating next year. Admission is a nominal €5 and all proceeds go back to subsidise the fees.

This project is facilitated by committed local theatre professionals Macdara Deery, Martina McCormack and Angela Ryan Whyte, who have many years experience in all aspects of theatre development from acting to directing to developing theatre with young people. Plans are afoot already for autumn 2015 when Birr and Edenderry groups will be working on a film and the Tullamore group working on a radio play.

The project is managed by a voluntary board, chaired by Cllr. John Leahy and is supported by Offaly County Council, the Arts Council of Ireland, Birr Theatre & Arts Centre and is a proud member of the National Association for Youth Drama.

New members are always welcome (fees are nominal) and should contact 057 9357400 or offalyyouththeatre@gmail.com.

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