Carrigallen Co.Leitrim Ireland

Leitrim Youth Theatre

Leitrim Youth Theatre Company aims to promote the creativity of young people

Leitrim Youth Theatre Co. Carrigallen started in the autumn of 2004. It was set up by Arts Officer Caoimhin Corrigan who employed Drama Facilitator Maura Williamson and assistants Becky Thomas and Helen Corcoran to work with The Company. The Company extended to have two other groups in Carrick on Shannon and Manorhamilton. Initially the Company in Carrigallen had 18 members and in May 2005 they preformed their first play The Terrible Fate of Humpty Dumpty a full length play about bullying directed by Maura Williamson. The following term the Company increased enrolment and had 2 groups totalling in 30 members. Again the Company tackled social issue material and the original group performed Heroine Lies a play about the life of a young girl who dies from drug use. The younger group performed four devised scenes entitled This Is Us. One of the original members Claire Finnegan wrote a one act play entitled Down Flew the Crow and this was performed by the Company during the One Act Drama Festival in the Corn Mill in December 2007. 2008 The company performed a funny play entitled Folie Tha by Ciaran Gray directed again by Maura Williamson. This play looks at the ups and downs of a group of students travelling to France for a holiday.

2008-2009 The Company took on their most challenging and artistic pieces of work to date Our Story of Margaret of New Orleans. This involved the process of devising, and the writing of this play by Maura Williamson. It also involved singer/song writer Tony Fahy writing seven songs that enhance and add ambience to this production. Mary Harte, Eilish Connelly and cast member Kate Reilly joined Tony Fahy in singing the songs live on stage during the production. The play also has all original music and this was composed by John McCartin, Bryan Mulligan and Padraic McGovern. The Company performed to four full audiences including the Local Vocational School in April, and again in July for a group of people from New Orleans who have a keen interest in the story of Margaret of New Orleans. They were overwhelmed by the performance and the Company received a standing ovation on the night. Celtic Balladeer Danny Flaherty who organised the trip came to the stage over whelmed by emotion and spoke how he learned so much about Margaret story he did not know, and how the New Orleans people would love to see this play.

Leitrim Youth Theatre Company aims to promote the creativity of young people, as well as their personal, social and educational development, through a rich and varied programme of drama workshop, theatre performances, script writing, devising, and visual design.

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