In cyberspace six bored teenagers type and chat. The chatroom is safe, a neutral space; no-one knows each other, no-one uses their real name. However a chance on-line encounter with a group of bored teenagers exposes an innocent fifteen year old to a dangerous world of coercion and control.
Through this chilling foundation Enda Walsh explores issues of adolescent vulnerability, the development of persona and the path everyone takes from child to adulthood, in a way that is warm, funny and deeply moving.
Walsh’s black comedy unearths the dark underbelly of the internet and provides a brilliantly insightful window into the world of teenage politics.
Directed by the widely acclaimed and award winning actor and director Mikel Murfi, Chatroom is Leitrim Youth Theatre Company’s Summer production and features members from all three senior youth theatre branches in Carrigallen, Manorhamilton and Carrick on Shannon.
The Cast, which features Amy O’Rourke, Lauren O’Rourke, Dylan Feeney, Jordon McHugh, Shauna Diffley, and Peter Slovinski, have been working with Mikel and assistant director Noelle Kielty over the last couple of months. The setting for the play is minimal, relying on lighting and projected imagery designed by Nick McCall and assisted by Brian Guckian from LYTC’s Carrick branch. On both nights the production will be followed by a short post-show talk, facilitated by the HSE, discussing the issues that the play presents.
Chatroom is presented by Leitrim Youth Theatre Company in the Dock, Carrick on Shannon at 8.30pm on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th August. Due to the subject matter and some strong language, the production is not suitable for under 15s. Tickets are €10 and €8 concession and can be booked by phoning The Dock on 071 96 50828 or www.thedock.ie.