30 Nov 2021

Local youth theatre group get selected for top festival appearance

MAD Youth Theatre

Local youth theatre group get selected for top festival appearance

M.A.D Youth Theatre from Dundalk have been selected for the first ever IGNITE youth theatre performance festival which takes place from 22 - 24 August at the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College Dublin.

Seven youth theatres have been chosen out of the many who applied.

IGNITE is a new pilot programme from National Association for Youth Drama (NAYD). The festival will explore performance through a wide programme of activities including public performances, ‘works-in-progress’ sessions and skill-based workshops.

The festival offers NAYD affiliated youth theatres a valuable opportunity to experience and learn from each others’ production-based work and to showcase quality youth theatre productions at a national level.

Ten young actors - Catriona Quigley, Ben Verling, Ferdia OMalley, Clodagh Griffin, Georgia Cooney, Cathu OMalley, Jessica Woodlock, Lauren Alice McAleavy, Hilary Mullen and Ross Halpenny from the cast of BE MINE will be showcasing their devised play at the IGNITE festival as part of the 'Share' strand of the festival. BE MINE was first performed in the Class in Action international Youth Theatre Festival in Prague, Czech Rep.

Where actor Clodagh Griffin won best actress for her role as Amy. They later performed there play to a sold out audience at the Spirit Store in May. This piece gained alot of feedback because of its content which explored sexual consent and relationships the play have been describe as "thought provoking" Miriam McCarthy stated: "I had the honour of being invited to your show tonight. It was amazing and you all sent across an amazing message about consent. Your acting was brilliant.

“As a member of a Rape Crisis Centre with a special interest in making teenagers aware of the importance of consent you did it the most amazing way! A big well done to you all."

IGNITE will be and exciting and intensive three days. This is an opportunity for participating youth theatres to really grow in an environment that will equip, encourage and promote these young theatre makers.

This festival will showcase what young people can achieve together onstage: great stories; a range of theatre styles and approaches; strong ensemble work; ambitious ideas; devised and scripted pieces; engagement with young people’s interests and strengths; and theatre to challenge, intrigue and make us.

For more information on performances and to book tickets visit or facebook event IGNITE Youth Theatre Festival

M.A.D Youth Theatre are seeking out new members. If you have an interest in drama and wish to take part in their exciting programme of activities and professionally led theatre workshops. Join Them on their open day on tuesday steptember 13th in the wellington hall 530pm to 730pm. contact them on facebook @M.A.DYOUTHTHEATRE or call 0831404747 / 0860457026.

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