Reach out to youth

The Dunamaise Arts Centre is running a number of projects as part of its outreach and education programme, which includes young and old in a number of disciplines.

The Dunamaise Arts Centre is running a number of projects as part of its outreach and education programme, which includes young and old in a number of disciplines.

Laois Youth Theatre, which is funded by the Arts Office in Laois County Council, have their Portlaoise branch based at the Dunamaise, and the centre have offered group rate tickets to participating students.

This gives students not just valuable access to relevant shows at the Dunamaise but also to workshops and meeting the crew and cast of travelling productions.

According to centre director Michelle De Forge, this provides an opportunity for students to expand their theatre experience beyond just creating their own shows.

“Students get to see professional actors and touring productions who have won awards and featured in theatre festivals. It is an opportunity to see and learn about lighting, set, props, sound - the technical aspects of the show. Q&A and workshops can be arranged and are always on offer with the shows”.

Over the course of the year, students can see as wide a variety of work as possible at the arts centre. As well as theatre, this applies to students of Music Generation Laois and the Laois School of Music, as well as dance students who are part of the Laois Youth Dance Ensemble.

“We encourage groups to attend professional performances, either instruments or singing and to attend masterclasses and Q&As. Both organisations have really good tutors who also provide masterclasses and we are enhancing that. It is all about the experience and becoming part of the Dunamaise audience. We want to make attending professional performances part of the students’ experience”, Michelle added.

As well as dance, theatre and music, artists are also catered for, and workshops including a portfolio preparation workshop will be held in Spring. See www.dunamaise.ie or contact 057 86 63355 for more.