Traditional rivalry was set aside last weekend, when 36 young people, plus adult leaders, from Dundalk Youth Theatre, Droichead Youth Theatre, and M.A.D. Youth Theatre (Dundalk), participated in a special residential weekend near Newgrange, on the banks of the Boyne.
Entitled LightBox, the weekend focused on bringing new drama techniques and approaches to the participants, many of whom are already grizzled veterans of their own productions.
Two of Ireland’s finest professional practitioners facilitated a series of workshops and master classes. Colin Thornton, writer and director in both film and theatre, and Sarah Bradley, theatre director, brought the best out of every young person, resulting in an environment that was buzzing in creativity.
“I really enjoyed the directing workshop,” said Clavin Magee of M.A.D. Youth Theatre.
“It made me think about all aspects of producing and directing a production, and focusing on the text from a director’s perspective.
“I am looking forward to bringing my new found skill back to our youth theatre”.
The young people assembled at Newgrange Hostel on the Friday night and departed on Sunday afternoon, having experienced workshops, camaraderie and new friendships which will remain long in the memory. Some of these new skills will be evident when M.A.D. Youth Theatre brings its own unique production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream to the stage of An Táin Arts Centre from the 17th to the 19th of November.
Lightbox is an initiative of CreateLouth, the Arts Service of Louth County Council, and is supported by the Arts Council.