Carrick teen to star in National Theatre

Sixteen year old Patrick Sweeney from Carrick-on-Shannon is set to star in the National Youth Theatre show ‘Salt Mountain’ this month.

Sixteen year old Patrick Sweeney from Carrick-on-Shannon is set to star in the National Youth Theatre show ‘Salt Mountain’ this month.

The show started rehearsals in Dublin this week and will be performed in the Project Arts Centre, Dublin August 24-19.

Patrick Sweeney said, “Being cast in this production was something that I didn’t think possible. I am extremely lucky and grateful to be given this amazing opportunity to work with the professional production team and cast. Looking forward to opening night!”

Patrick is part of the Leitrim Youth Theatre Company in Carrick-on-Shannon.

Sixteen young people from around Ireland aged 16 – 20 will be directed by Jo Mangan in the world premiere of Carmel Winter’s Salt Mountain at Project Arts Centre.

In an exciting development for NYT, the Abbey Theatre have commissioned writer Carmel Winters to write this script for NYT and the young cast. Salt Mountain is a powerful epic about a people cast out of their lands by war, and pulled together by their efforts to survive it.

It looks at the tough choices we face in times of hardship and scarcity. Does it bring out the worst or the best in us? Can the tribe be trusted to uphold the common good? Or will corruption and greed win out in the end?

As well as Leitrim there will be cast members from Cork, Carlow, Donegal, Drogheda, Dublin, Limerick, Clare and Longford taking part.

Tickets are €22/€18 and bookings on www.projectartscentre.ie or www.nayd.ie