Award winning Roscommon County Youth Theatre are once again bringing a brand, new show to Roscommon Arts Centre on January 30 and 31.
It is the first time it is being performed in Ireland. This year’s production, “Risk”, written by John Retallack and directed by Catherine Sheridan is an exciting mix of dance, narrative and text. John Retallack devised the play after working with teenagers at risk on a series of workshops to gives a voice to these young people, lets us see what they really have to deal with, not just the usual perceptions one might hold about stroppy, typical or violent teenagers. The stories unfold through a series of monologues from five main characters. They each bring us on their own personal journey of what leads them into taking such big risks. Eventually, they are all faced with life changing decisions.
Arron Byrne, who plays “Paul” the gambler, said, “I see this play as a perfect way of showing parents the difficulties teenagers can be faced with on a daily basis. It also gives hope to teenagers that face these challenges, they’re not alone and there is a way out.”
This production is very much an ensemble piece with a cast of eighteen members of RCYT who are all looking forward to portraying the character’s stories. Tickets for “Risk” are on sale now at Roscommon Arts Centre and can be purchased online or by calling (090) 6625824. Concession prices for schools, youth groups and community groups are €7 if you quote “I’ll never be bullied again” when booking and all other tickets at concession prices €10 if you quote “Hello, Mr. Fridge.”