The Dunamaise Arts Centre saw Stradbally Youth Theatre put in a remarkable performance on Saturday 4th May. The members of the youth theatre presented DNA, a dark comedy by Dennis Kelly, directed by Siobhán Coffey and Trevor Mulhare.
The play explores the personal cost we pay to remain within the complex popularity circle, after a bunch of teenagers have done something bad. The actors commanded the stage from the outset and held the attention of the audience throughout this very powerful and disturbing play. The young people truly inhabited this murky realm, remaining in character the whole time. Artist Cóilín Rush’s imaginative video work complemented the stage work beautifully.
Feedback from the audience was very positive, Stradbally Youth Theatre taking bows to rapturous applause and a standing ovation. Laois Youth Theatre is run by the Arts Office, Laois County Council. New members are welcome.