ON Sunday December, 22 there is a pre-Christmas treat awaiting theatre goers in Drumkeerin Community Centre, when 24 young people bring four dramas to stage.
Humour and light-hearted fun is at the heart of three of the productions, but each one, in its own way, smiles at the foibles, failings, and delusions of Irish people.
The very funny, ‘The Baby Elephant’, is a modern adaption of the great Jimmy O Dee’s classic. ‘The Great Escape’ is a pertinent to the Celtic Tiger time of high notions and delusions of grandeur. ‘Lipstick Minis Powder And Parents,’ in a wonderfully light-hearted way, opens a window to peer in on the fears and anxieties of parents, the thrill for youth as they head off to their first disco. ‘Jealous Heart Stop Beating,’ looks at the shocking trauma of youth who are victims of bullying.
The drama performances are the culmination of many months of Youth Drama Workshops, where the young participants are introduced to drama and theatre skills.
The Drama Workshop facilitator, Andrew Redican, Catherine Clancy, Maresa McGovern and Aine Bohan helped run the workshops and facilitate the dramas.
The young people who will entertain are: Beth Waters, Keith O Donnell, Nicole Brolly, Rachel Fee, Aishling Fee, Luke Fee, Caoimhe Wynne, Liam Mc Manus, Niamh Fallon, Aideen Doherty, Bronagh Doherty, Sean Mc Cabe, Aileen Forde, Grace Dunne, Linda Mc Cabe, Ciara Fallon, Miceal Fallon, Aine Fallon, James Earley, Charlene Maguire, Aimee O Grady, Natasha Mc Tiernan, Geraldine Holley, Ciara O Dolan .
The workshop facilitation teamspeak most highly of “the wonderfully honest, talented and most lively boys and girls .”