Romeo Montague - Caolán Dundon
Juliet Capulet - Emma Lynch
Nurse - Eadaoin Barrett
Friar Lawrence - Mo Kaddem
Mercutio - Paul Miller
Benvolio - John Cleary
Tybalt - Jerry Chikwe
Lady Capulet - Emma Finegan
Lord Capulet - David Devaney
Lady Montague - Éimhear Mulhare
Lord Montague - Eoin Harnett
Prince Escalus - Paul Miller
Abraham - Evan Lynch
Samson - Terry Norman
Gregory - Jack Mc Hale
Balthazar - Megan Mc Sorley
Count Paris - Jack Higgins
Peter - Katie O' Connor
Potpan - Jae Suen
Apothecary - Karl Botfield
Servant - Emily Mc Tigue
Chorus - Allie Whelan
Sergeant of the Watch - Evan Lynch
Watch - Ryan Keane, Graham Butler Breen, Rachel Foran
Citizens - Gemma Lynch, Elena Walsh
Guards - Shaun Doyle, Eron Ferizi
Friar John (Soeur Jean) - Elena Walsh
Directed by Peter Hussey
Assistant Director - Mary Mc Dermott
Lighting by Keith Burke and Paul Winters
Music by Eoin Harnett, Mo Kaddem and Shaun Doyle
Projection designs by Alice Bennett
Stage Assistant - Dylan Aspell.
Romeo and Juliet
by William Shakespeare
7th and 8th May 2014.
The Moat Theatre, Naas, County Kildare.
Directed by Peter Hussey.
In a city dominated, and used as a playground, by two powerful banking families, one spoilt young teenager is thrust into manhood by the events that unfold after he becomes one young woman's only hope of freedom.
In 2013 the young performers in Kildare Youth Theatre staged a very well-received Macbeth. In 2014 the cast bring to the stage characters who are closer in age to themselves.
Romeo is seen as spoilt, bored young teenager in love with being in love, writing melodramatic poetry and disillusioned with the empty and vapid life led by his friends and family. Juliet is a prize, owned by her father and maintained in perfect readiness for marriage by her distant mother, but inside she yearns to escape the prison they’ve placed her in. When she meets Romeo all things change. He feels real love and she sees a chance to get out. His inability to do anything in moderation leads to a chain of events that she must control before she loses her escape route forever.
In this production the young are pitched against the old; the young struggle to find a place for themselves in a materialist, capitalist city where they only have value as hooks and bait which their parents use to expand their empires. Played by actors who are close in age to the characters, it becomes truly shocking to see the lengths they will go to – suicide, murder, manslaughter - in order to escape their fate.
The production was true to the text, unedited and running the full length. Music, lighting and costumes are all designed by the young company.
The cast was led by Caolán Dundon as Romeo, Emma Lynch as Juliet, Mo Kadem as Friar Lawrence and Eadaoin Barrett as the Nurse. The full cast of 26 were drawn from all over Kildare and are composed of pupils from nine secondary schools in the county.
This production was funded by The Arts Council under its YPCE Programme Fund.
NT CONNECTIONS 2014
'Same' by Deborah Bruce and
'Hearts' by Luke Norris
11th - 12th March 2014
We presented two brand new plays as part of the National Theatre (UK) Connections project, especially for teenagers by two of Britain’s most inventive new writers.
They premiered in Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge on Tues 11th and Wed 12th March, and will now be staged in The Liffey Studio (above Johnson's pub) on Sat 23rd March at 7.00pm, and in The Lyric Theatre, Belfast on Saturday 29th March at 7.30pm ('Same') and 9.00pm ('Hearts').
KYT have taken part in Connections since 2002, and have performed 28 plays from the Connections repetoire of new work for young performers. This year's production brings the total to 30.
"The Connections Portfolio is a wonderful collection of work," says Peter Hussey, Artistic Director of the youth theatre. "It has given us the opportunity to present not only new plays, but very often we've been the company who've brought the work of international writers to Ireland for the first time. It was a real thrill, for example, to be the first company to stage any work by Norwegian playwright, Jon Fosse, in the country. We premiered his play, Purple, in Ireland in early 2003. And while the premieres are by youth theatres and not professional companies, the fact still remains that Irish audiences get their first taste of many international playwrights through this sector. We also presented the first work in the Republic of Ryan Craig, Fausto Paravidino, Bryony Lavery, Denis Kelly, and Laline Paull. This has all been thanks to Connections. The two new plays we present this year will also be the first time these writers' work has been seen here."
Hearts by Luke Norris is about football. It is set in the changing rooms of a local, unimpressive, football team. It explores the tensions and rivalries of the team, and of the girls who support them. The play is about perseverance, struggle and hope – a sharply observed comedy appealing to anyone who has ever struggled to get a football team off the ground.
Same by Deborah Bruce is set in a nursing home for the elderly. It has a set of characters in their 80s and some in their mid-teens. It looks at the similarities between the two groups and how, ultimately, we are all the same. It also deals with family, death and loss in a touching, real and humorous way.
Peter Hussey directs the plays, which feature a cast of 22 and a crew of 10 young people from all over Kildare. Some of the group are very experienced, having been in several plays over the last three years; while for others this marks their stage debut.
Pie ... ... ... ... ... EVAN LYNCH
Harry ... ... ... ...CAOLÁN DUNDON
Reedy ... ... ... ...JOHN CLEARY
Mary ... .... ... ... JERRY CHIKWE-IWU
Langers ... ... ...JACK HIGGINS
TJ ... ... ... ... ... ... JASON SUEN
Leon ... ... ... ... .PAUL MILLER
Blackhall ... ... .EOIN HARNETT
Bella ... ... ... ... ...MEGAN MC SORLEY
Simone ... ... ... ALLIE WHELAN
Jade ... ... ... ... ... KATIE O' CONNOR
Jo ... ... ... ... ... ... GEMMA CAREY
Tiff ... ... ... ... ... .. RACHEL FORAN
Becky ... ... ... ... MOLLY KIELY
Emma ... ... ... ... ... ALANNAH RYAN
Fay ... ... ... ... ... ... HAZEL EGAN
Harry ... ... ... ... ... SÉAN O' BRIEN
Sarah ... .... ... ... ... SARAH MC CORMACK
Callum ... ... ... ... .. ERON FERIZI
Jo-Jo ... ... ... ... ... ... SOPHIE RYAN /
EMILY MC TIGUE
Clare ... ... ... ... ... ...EMMA FINEGAN
Marion ... ... ... .... ÉADAOIN BARRETT
Sadie ... ... ... ... ... . EMMA LYNCH
Alf ... ... ... ... ... ... CAOLÁN DUNDON
Eddie ... ... ... ... ... JOHN CLEARY
Grace ... ... ... ... ... AOIFE TAYLOR
Josie ... ... ... ... . ... MEGAN MC SORLEY
Harry ... ... ... ... ... JERRY CHIKWE-IWU
Directed by PETER HUSSEY
Lighting by KEITH BURKE
Set by JUSTIN KINAHAN
DEAN KELLY www.pictureboots.com
PRODUCED by Crooked House Theatre Company
NATIONAL THEATRE (UK) CONNECTIONS
The world's largest celebration of youth theatre
Since 1995, the Natioanl Theatre in London has been commissioning plays from established writers specifically to be performed by young people across the UK and Ireland. Founded by Suzi Graham-Adriani, with Helen Prosser, Connections invites groups to perform one of the ten new plays at Regionat Festivals held at a professional theatre in their area. In Ireland the annual regional festival has been held at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast; the Everyman Palace, Cork; Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge; and the Grand Opera House, Belfast.
A random performance group from each play is then chosen to stage their production at the end of the programme in July at the National Theatre itself. In 2003 Kildare Youth Theatre was one of the ten selected, and premiered Mark Ravenhill's 'Totally Over You.' In 2007 the young company was again selected and perfmed Ravenhill's 'Scenes From Family Life' at the National. Since 2003, Kildare Youth Theatre has performed 28 new plays from the Connections portfolio, including many by Irish writers.
Any young company from the UK or Ireland, school drama group, or youth theatre (whose members are aged 13 to 19) may apply to take part in Connections, the world's largest festival of youth theatre. Click here to visit the website to read more about the proess and the writers who make it all possible.
In 2014 Connections is supported by the Arts Council of England.
Listen in as KFM's Brenda Drumm and Emma Tobin discuss the performances after the first show, in 'Driving Home From The Gig.'
TeeNEXTers Project (France)
Our friends in Theatre Le Grand Bleu in Lille invited us and other young European performers and critics to take part in an exciting project for young critics in November 2014.
Together with Peter Hussey, 5 young people traveled to Lille from 25th to 29th November to attend performances at the NEXT Festival and learn about critical reviewing and writing.
The young people saw productions from exciting French and Belgian dance and theatre companies, showcasing post-dramatic, experimental work that left the audience divided in opinion. The young people then worked with Peter Hussey, Gareth Vile and other artists to make performace-based responses to the work which were presented in theatre le Gramd Bleu on the final night.
The irish participants (pictured left) were Megan Mc Sorley, Sarah Mc Cormack, Caolán Dundon, Evan Lynch and Lauren Kelly.
Further information about the NEXT festival here: