Laois Youth recall the lives of children of the Rising

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Laois Youth recall the lives of children of the Rising
By Ryan Dunne ryan@leinsterexpress.ie @laoisnews

Laois Youth Theatre presents Cherish, a performance tribute to the short lives of the children who perished during Easter week 1916, which will take place in Fitzmaurice Place, Portlaoise this Friday, July 29.

The youth theatre takes a re-imagined glance back to catch the whispered echoes of these young lives that were so violently lost.

40 young girls and boys, aged 16 and under, whose lives and deaths, until recently, went unrecognised, whose bodies were largely buried in unmarked graves. Forty young children whose dreams and aspirations, whose august destinies, were squandered in the newly-declared Republic.

Cherish is a physical theatre piece that takes its inspiration from Joe Duffy’s book ‘Children of the Rising’ and has been devised by the youth theatre during a two-week long drama workshop, as part of the county’s Centenary Commemoration Programme.

The outdoor performance of Cherish, directed by Siobhán Coffey, will take place on Friday July 29 at 5pm in Fitzmaurice Place.

For more, contact the Arts Office on 057 8644033/13, email artsoff@laoiscoco.ie, or visit www.laois.ie