MAD Youth Theatre members pictured performing in the groups new premises on Earl St., Dundalk
M.A.D (Making Alternative Drama) Youth Theatre hosted the first performances in their brand new premises over three nights from Thursday, January 17 to Saturday, January 19.
The youth theatre group, founded and run by Kwasie Boyce, opened it's doors to the general public putting on the Little Drama Festival as part of their launch.
Dundalkians were invited into M.A.D Theatre's slick new home in the heart of the town, on Earl Street.
The public was treated to short plays and monologues performed in their cosy new theatre venue.
Artistic Director Kwasie Boyce said: “There was a feeling of magic and excitement in the air as the house light went off and the young actors stepped on stage. The venue had everything a small performance space needs, thanks to the equipment grant from LMETB.
“We were able to get The Lock Up and local companies to supply staging, lights and sound equipment, which added that something extra special to the space for the launch.
“Theatre-goers were very impressed by the setup and were very complimentary about the performances by the young people. We had fantastic support from our community which truly made each night special.
“From delicious bespoke cookies from KooKee and cake from The Home Bakery and the stage built by the kind folks from the Men's Shed.”
Artistic Director Mr. Boyce explained how thrilled the popular Youth Theatre group were to have a premises to call their own after years of moving to different locations in Dundalk.
M.A.D Youth Theatre's new premises off Earl Street in Dundalk
He said: “We have spent many years moving from hall to hall and this time we decided to take a huge risk so we decided to take a lease for the Earl Street premises.
“We wanted a place where we can do more for our young people and truly engage with our community and as grateful we are to the various places we were in, we need a space that is autonomous to us and who we are as a youth theatre.
“Thanks to the support of our local councillors, Create Louth, Lmetb, Tesco Extra, parents, members, and volunteers, we were able to turn a two-story building into a place where our members can call home.”
Kwasie added: “We also open the doors to other groups to come in and use the facilities, such as Manam and Louth Film Society.
“Our programming is expanding and now we are able to provide other creative services such as voice training and singing lessons facilitated by international performer Evelynne Bourtonon Wednesdays.
“We are also in collaboration with Dundalk Youth Centre running a drama project on Street theatre on Wednesdays.”
If any young person interested in taking part in any of these programs, contact Artistic Director Kwasie Boyce on 0831494747.