Barnstorm’s Kilkenny Youth Theatre presents Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Over the years there has been the love and death of Romeo and Juliet, the twisted Gormenghast and a theatrical take on film noir, KoHL, Kilkenny Youth Theatre now look forward to taking one of the most loved childhood stories and adapting it for the stage.
Adapted for stage by Anna Galligan, KYT’s Alice is 12 and ½ years of age and it bothers her to still be thought of as a child. Why do all these other people get to make the decisions, confuse her and boss her? After all, she is nearly thirteen.
Alice In Wonderland has a cast of 21 young people from all around Kilkenny county. The production’s costume and set design takes its influence from the steampunk genre, a suggestion from KYT members, where the design and look incorporates technology with 19th century industrial steam-powered machinery, which lended itself perfectly to the madness of Wonderland.
James Kennedy, who plays the Cheshire Cat, says that he enjoys working on Alice in Wonderland and that “it is a unique magical world that takes you away from reality”. James loves being part of Kilkenny Youth Theatre and “feels that the connection has grown so strong that it now feels like a family.”
Orla McGovern plays the Gryphon. She says that bringing something so well-known to life is very challenging and it is great as an actor to find new ways to present such familiar characters. She said the youth theatre “lets you learn lots of new skills in a fun and interesting way” and that things are taught so that it feels like “the skills and knowledge simply sweep in”.
Anna Galligan, Barnstorm’s Outreach Officer and director of the play, says “Alice in Wonderland has seen many adaptations, from Disney to Burton. We remained true to Lewis Carroll’s original books, especially Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. The main change is that Alice is now 12 and ½ years of age; as Humpty says ‘a most uncomfortable age’. It is a time when we begin to leave childhood and enter our teenage years. Most of our group have recent experience of this, so we thought it would be interesting to do. There are also great opportunities to work as an ensemble, especially in the larger scenes of the Queen’s Garden and the Knave’s Trial. It is an insane story so it presented us with challenges as to how we could see what is theatrically possible.’
Update: Alice In Wonderland ran to full houses from Thursday 16th – Saturday 18th April at 7.30pm, with a matinée on 18th April at 3pm, at The Barn, Church Lane, Kilkenny (behind St. Canice’s Cathedral). It saw some of our youngest audience members yet!
This sensitive and exciting play tells a simple poetic story of the unique bond between an old woman and a young girl. It explores how we make and store memories, and how these shape who we are as we discover the world around us.
Monday’s Child incorporates elements of both music and dance, two characters play joyously with a treasure trove of spurious memories which perhaps ultimately belong to them both. Commissioned by Tutti Frutti, the original production has just completed a highly successful tour in the UK.
This is theatre created especially for children of 4 years and up, and their families and teachers. Schools performances take place daily at 10am and 11.30am.
Bookings are now open! Tel 056 7751266.
Monday 6th October to Friday 17th October, daily at 10:00am and 11:30am. Tickets €5.00 for school & pre-school groups.
Saturday 11th & Saturday 18th October, at 2:30pm and 4:00pm. Tickets €6.00; Family of 4: €20.
In their sixth production since restarting in 2007, KYT took on the genre of Film Noir in the guise of ‘KoHL’ – originally devised by Droichead Youth Theatre with Sharon Cromwell in 2008.
The Youth Theatre travelled back in time to New York during The Prohibition: gangsters, molls, illegal booze, a private eye with integrity and a newshound thirsty for a story.
Mia Swan, who has been looking desperately for her beloved sister, turns to Max Cole, a private investigator. She admits ‘I can’t say I’ve had the world’s greatest family background’ and fears for her sister’s life. The Prohibition has been in situ, to Leon Antonelli’s greatest advantage, for seven years. He runs a ‘regular theatre’ with dancers and a show for his customers but Julia Stone, a fearless News Reporter, knows the real game. All she needs is evidence. As she goes undercover and Max seeks out Mia’s sister the story of this underworld unfolds. Who knew what could happen in a dirty town?
The confines of the genre and the presence of stereotypes pushed the young actors in a new direction and also provided much laughter in rehearsals as the cast and director teetered between depth and superficiality.
With a cast of sixteen young people, KoHL performed to packed houses at The Barn on the 11th-13th of April and was directed by Anna Galligan.
KoHL was performed with the permission of the NAYD as part of their New Stage programme. Kilkenny Youth Theatre is a proud member of NAYD. More info at www.nayd.ie.
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Photos: Ross Costigan Photography
Youth Theatre Week @ Barnstorm will run from 9th-13th July. It is a theatre camp for young people who are interested in drama and theatre. It will be facilitated by professional youth drama facilitators.
Each group will work towards a short theatrical piece. During the week they will look at the skills needed in creating and performing a piece of theatre including acting, voice, devising and improvisation.
The workshops will also encourage the development of confidence and social skills. All the sessions will be delivered knowing it’s the summer holidays so enjoyment and fun will also be high on the agenda.
If you are interested please read the information below and fill in a registration form or contact Anna at firstname.lastname@example.org or 056 7751266.
Where? The Barn, Church Lane, Kilkenny (behind St Canice’s Cathedral)
When? 9th – 13th July
10am -1pm 11-13 yrs.
2pm – 5pm 14 + yrs.
ilkenny Youth Theatre had been developing a reputation for its innovative choice of plays and excellent production standards! Having carefully chosen the script for their main production in 2009 the KYT senior members (13-18 year olds) chose Jack Thorne’s Burying Your Brother in the Pavement, a vibrant and provocative play about grief, family, love and growing up.
Tom’s brother Luke is dead, killed by a broken bottle to the neck. They were never friends. It’s an odd decision to try to bury Luke in the pavement… at the point where he was brutally murdered.
Directed by Ronan MacRaois it ran in The Barn from 22 – 25 April 2009