DUNDALK Youth Theatre members experienced a rare and exciting event recently when they were treated to a film and screen all-day workshop, facilitated by Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) writer-in-residence Ferdia Mac Anna and professional cameraman Fergus Tighe.
In the morning the young people, created, scripted and work-shopped character based monologues under the supervision of Ferdia and the group’s own facilitators Edwina Albrecht and Pat McKenna.
In the afternoon they had to display their writing and acting skills in front of the camera.
After filming they were able to sit back and watch the replays while getting helpful hints from Ferdia and Fergus as to how their performances could be improved in future stage or screen work.
The workshop finished up with an evaluation session, most of which was taken up with questions as to how one would get work in television and film.
Who knows, some of them may find their way there in the future, as actors or writers or in some other branch of the industry.
The workshop marks the first in a series of interactions between DkIT writer-in-residence Ferdia Mac Anna and local community groups.
So if you have an interest in creative writing, or need help in finishing work, watch this space.
Ferdia has worked as a Television producer and Director for over 20 years, specialising in drama, comedy, documentaries, talk shows and music.
Among his credits, he has either produced or directed (sometimes both) The Late Late Show, Don’t Feed the Gondolas, Seacht (CELTIC FILM FESTIVAL WINNER), Upwardly Mobile, Couched, Fair City, Ros na Run and the hit BBC/RTE comedy-drama Custer’s Last Stand Up (BAFTA winner 2001).
In addition, Ferdia has written three novels, including ‘The Last of the High Kings’ which was made into a successful Hollywood movie starring Gabriel Byrne, Jared Leto and Christina Ricci.