The Act Of Oblivion - 10&11/02/2017
Devised by the youth theatre with Peter Hussey
Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th February 2018, Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge. 8.00pm
In our first production of 2018, Kildare Youth Theatre attempt to explore what happens when the colonised try to live alongside the coloniser. How is their shared history re-told?
In 1604, at the end of the Irish Nine Years' War, an Act of Oblivion declared that all "offences against the crown" committed before the King's accession were to be "pardoned, remitted, and utterly extinguished". But they were not forgotten.
Two short plays interweave and are told at the same time by two separate companies of young actors. In one, Charlie has organised the perfect New Year's Eve party in his campus accommodation, but his plans don't include the enigmatic Elliot who somehow seems to live there too but not even Charlie knows how or why.
In the other play Sean has the house to himself when his parents go away and he organises a rehearsal of their Irish-speaking 'phunc-rock' band but Eoghan brings a new singer. From Estonia. Who doesn't speak Irish. But who has lots of money.
Both plays run their course through, across, and in-between each other, oblivious of each other. Can a settlement to share the stage be reached?
The Act of Oblivion is a work-in-progress and we will invite audience feedback at the end of the show.
Surrender and Regrant (1537)
Séan - Séan Dowse
Cian – Cian Ó Náraigh
Eoghan – Eoghan Ó Laoghaire
‘Gloria’ (Katerina) – Katerina Kataki
Oisín – Oisín Heffernan
Charlie – Charlie Hughes-Farrell
Elliot – Elliot Nolan
Frederick – Félix Laube
Anna – Anna Hyllested
Joe – Joe Brown
Alexandra – Alexandra Sakavitsi
Rhea – Rhea Thomakou
Directed by Peter Hussey
Sound – Théo Nadal
Assistant – Vasiliki Psarra
Supported by an award from the Arts Council of Ireland’s Young Ensembles Scheme 2017 and by Kildare County Council.