Louth Youth Theatre Day saw members of Dundalk YouthTheatre, MAD Youth Theatre, Dundalk and Droichead Youth Theatre come together for a day of intensive master workshops and skills sharing.
This year the event focused on stage combat, ensemble, Shakespeare and musical theatre and was facilitated by two wonderful specialist practitioners, Barry Morgan and Evelyn Purcell.
The day was programmed by Create Louth, The Arts Service of Louth Local Authorities.
One of the workshops included an Introduction to stage combat and explored the building blocks of stage combat in an active and practical way.
Throughout the workshop participants were equipped with various set pieces and then asked to devise their own stage combat sequence.
The “Shakespeare with a twist” workshop explored the foundation of the entire Bard’s work - the voice.
Using a series of exercises, participants discovered the richness of their own voices and how to use it to the best effect.
The musical theatre/ensemble workshop catered for people with all levels of experience, and provided an introduction to musical theatre performance.
During the course of the two hour workshops, participants worked on integrating the skills of singing, dance and acting while rehearsing a scene and ensemble number from a popular musical
Facilitator Barry Morgan, was throughly equipped for the day and holds a BA in Performance from Dublin Institute of Technology, and is currently studying facilitation with the National Association for Youth Drama.
A youth theatre veteran, Barry has worked with groups such as Dublin Youth Theatre, Independent Youth Theatre and National Youth Theatre as a facilitator and director
In addition to facilitation, Barry also works as an actor. His recent credits include Roll Up, Roll up! In The Ark, Fused in the Dublin Fringe Festival, Terminus in the Beckett Theatre, Howie the Rookie in the New Theatre and Killed by Curriculum.
Facilitator Evelyn Purcell holds a BA in Drama and English Literature from Trinity College Dublin, and an MA in Musical Theatre from Guilford School of Acting London.
Evelyn has been teaching drama and musical theatre for several years, and is the founder and director of Summer Stage, a chain of musical theatre summer camps in Dublin and Kildare.
In addition to teaching, Evelyn works as an actor. Her recent work includes projects with Talisman Theatre Company, the Dublin Shakespeare Festival, The Emerald Isle European tour, Smashing Times, The Breakaway Project, the Aldi Easter TV Commercial and Blank Canvas Theatre Company.
A brilliant day was had by all the participants, who gained a whole new set of skills to put into practice and are looking forward to using their new found skills to create new and exciting theatre in Dundalk.