Laois Youth Theatre to showcase talents in Portlaoise shows

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Members of Laois Youth Laois Youth Theatre rehearse.

Members of Laois Youth Theatre in Portlaoise will showcase their talents with performances of plays.

The group will present Grimm Fairytales -The Adventures of The Brothers Grimm By John Morton. The Brothers Grimm, Will and Jacob, are not yet the famous fairytale writers of history.

They’re con men who can’t get a job in any respectable college. What’s more, their attempts to record the folk stories of the countryside are failing miserably. A chance encounter with a fugitive by the name of Cinderella leads them on a quest to find a mythical book of stories that can give its owner great powers.

The vain, cruel Prince Charming and his vicious minions Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Goldilocks are soon chasing them through an enchanted forest.

Performers are - Murdo Anton, Shane Fennelly, Briony Heffron Price, Matt Kennedy, Ciaran Mason, Karl Mulligan, Alana Stynes, Jack Spillane, Mariam Slimi- nieto, Sarah Deegan, Aaron Flanagan, Damien Buffy, Eben Fitzsimons Forrester, Michael O'Brien. 

The Senior group will present ‘The Black Eyes’, written by Bev Clark,  a one-act play based upon a popular urban myth that originated in the 20th Century in the USA. The play utilises elements of horror, physical theatre and ensemble work. 

Performers are Maya Anton, George Byrne, John Byrne, Cian Broderick, Heather Crean, Kyla Heffron Price, Clodagh Leahy, Niamh Leahy, Rachel McGarry, Aaron Meany, Aideen Boyle, Tomek Tabaka, Isabelle Kelly, Zoey McGrath, Theo Fletcher and Richard Maher. 

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Producing and directing the plays is Mirjana Rendulic the Youth Theatre Drama tutor ably assisted by Natalia Podvisevschii and volunteer Dylan Kerry with Eben Fitzsimons Forrester taking on the role of technical assistant.

The plays are staged on Saturday, May 19 at 4 pm in the Dunamaise Arts Centre. Admission  €8/ students €5 . Booking Box Office:  Dunamaise Arts Centre 057 8663355 or online at www.dunamaise.ie

Laois Youth Theatre groups are run by The Arts Office in Laois County Council and workshops take place in Portlaoise each Friday for aged 12-14 and aged 15-18 running from September to May.

For more info from T: 057 8644033/13 or E: artsoff@laoiscoco.ie or visit www.laois.ie