The Act of Oblivion III: Queen's County

28th-29th February 2020, Riverbank Theatre

Queen’s County draws inspiration from the first trialed plantations operated by the English crown in Ireland in the 16th century in counties Laois and Offaly. The one in Laois became known as Queen’s County. This devised play explores displacement and alienation through the lens of young people’s experience today, and includes episodes on commuting, rural isolation, strangeness and belonging, in one character’s surreal train journey through County Laois en route home from Electric Picnic. 

 

The performance was devised by Kildare Youth Theatre’s Senior Ensemble working in collaboration with theatre-maker Peter Hussey. It has been funded by the Arts Council’s Young Ensembles’ Scheme, and forms part of a sequence of the ongoing  The Act of Oblivion series that explores the colonisation of Ireland. 

(Click the arrows to scroll through some pictures from the show) 

A Promotional Trailer

Some Audience Feedback:

"Really interesting, I loved the historical aspect, and the movement pieces were really intriguing" - Hannah

"An excellent representation of the colonisation of Ireland" - Aoife

"I could relate to it - and that made it really interesting" - Fergus

An edited, live performance of the show can be watched in its entirety below:

Decision Making and Self Reprocessing Training Course

3rd-9th February 2020, Logroño, Spain

For one week of February, four senior members of Kildare Youth Theatre traveled to northern Spain to an Erasmus+ funded project which involved learning decision making and mindfulness skills. Under the context of bringing these skills to both the stage and workshops, our team worked alongside like-minded individuals from Bulgaria, Italy, Greece and of course Spain. 

From day one, the project involved intense group work, touching on ideas such as Howard Gardner's '7 Intelligences' and the '6 Thinking Hats' for effective communication. 

The project was a blend of discussion and practical work, evolving meaningful conversations into short devised pieces which harbored the emotions felt by the groups.

"The inner gang and inner conflict [ideas] were touched on many times, which was a very emotional experience for most of the participants and really brought the groups closer" - Irish female.

With thanks to ON&OFF Theatro Spain