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ROSCOMMON COUNTY YOUTH THEATRE PRESENTS

 

ANIMAL FARM by GEORGE ORWELL

ADAPTED by PETER HALL

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directed by CATHERINE SHERIDAN                                                    

 

About Animal Farm

Be captivated as Roscommon Youth Theatre members play out Orwell’s mordant fable of a revolution betrayed. The action follows the rebellion of the downtrodden animals of Manor Farm, who are mistreated and abused by Farmer Jones. We witness the euphoria of comradeship after the human oppressors are driven off. The animals expel Jones and, under the idealistic guidance of Snowball the pig, form a collective society to run the renamed “Animal Farm”, sharing all the work and all the food. The pigs, smartest of the animals, band together to provide leadership to the other animals. They preach solidarity above all, and ,defence against their human enemies takes priority above food and freedom. We hear the teaching of Old Major that All Animals Are Created Equal. Slowly and subtly the pigs begin changing the rules to give themselves more power and privileges. Snowball’s Seven Commandments of animal equality are quickly replaced with the single edict, “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” Soon the rest of the animals are no better than they were under the humans–once again they are starving and near destitute.

In Animal Farm, the ruling elite breed a culture of fear, in order to allow themselves unlimited bureaucratic freedom. It is hard to believe Animal Farm was written in 1945 as it is filled with insights that remain sadly current even today.

Hold on to you seats as Roscommon County Youth Theatre bring the adaptation of this allegorical classic novel to life. Suitable for adults and young people 11+. School groups welcome. Animal Farm is also on the Junior Cycle Syllabus.

 

ROSCOMMON ARTS CENTRE

THURS 11AM

FRI 11AM & 8PM

SAT 8PM

Bookings 0906625 824

 

About Roscommon County Youth Theatre

 

Roscommon County Youth Theatre is a vibrant innovative professional organisation providing opportunities for young people who have a passion for acting and performance. Many members have progressed into careers in the performance industry, as well as gone on to study drama and theatre at third level.

The aim of RCYT is to combine the abilities of many different young people in an environment where they can learn and develop their skills in a no judgemental atmosphere. RCYT is dedicated to the development and promotion of youth theatre through training, production and access, and encourages a greater understanding of the potential of drama as a medium for learning and as a means of expression for young people.

 

As a youth theatre, we advocate a way of working which puts the integrity of the young people at the centre of a process, valuing both exploration and artistic excellence. RCYT is a supportive youth network with a focus on expanding the minds of young people while constantly aiming to build confidence and interpersonal skills. Our ethos is to actively learn by doing. By doing so our members discover things about themselves and others and form a strong bond which encourages peer learning and support. We believe in challenging our members , expanding their exposure to various styles of theatre and writing. RCYT have produced several highly acclaimed productions ranging from comedies to tragedies. By producing a diverse range of plays we provide avenues for young people to explore situations they might find themselves in and provide dialogue for ways to tackle issues that arise in their adolescence.

 

This Spring, Roscommon County Youth Theatre will be performing Animal Farm by George Orwell, adapted by Peter Hall. You can catch the show April 27th -29th at Roscommon Art Centre. Suitable for adults and young people 11+. School groups welcome. Animal Farm is also on the Junior Cycle Syllabus. School shows are at 11am and evening shows at 8pm. Bookings 090 66 25 824 or www.roscommonartscentre.ie

 

Please see for more information or contact us at drama.works@hotmail.com or on 0868747024

National Association for Youth Drama Re-launch as Youth Theatre Ireland

 

Youth Theatre’s Across Country to Celebrate with Open Week

 

VISIT ROSCOMMON COUNTY YOUTH THEATRE FOR OUR OPEN DAY SATURDAY FEB 18TH FROM 10AM UNTIL 12.30PM

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SUMMER CONCERT AT STROKESTOWN PARK HOUSE   

Roscommon Youth Orchestra

Roscommon   County Youth Orchestra had their summer concert in the Victorian Walled   Gardens at Strokestown Park House on Saturday 28th May.

 

The   concert opened with the Junior Orchestra who played a few pieces including a   number from Mary Poppins, and then the senior orchestra took the stage to   perform the pieces which they played in the National Concert Hall in   February, as well as other pieces such as The Foggy Dew and a twist on a   piece by Bach called “Bach in Time”.    Those who came to see the concert were treated to an hour in the   sunshine listening to orchestral music in one of the most beautiful   settings Roscommon has to offer.

  RCYO offers a fun learning environment with opportunities to advance musical   skills whilst being part of a dynamic group of peers. The average age of   orchestra members is ten to eighteen years of age. In addition, orchestra   members get the opportunity to travel and perform, and to work with various   other musical groups and composers.

 

RCYO   offer lessons in strings, brass and woodwind and are currently recruiting   affiliate members. If you have any queries about how to join, or would like   any more information about the orchestra, please contact the RCYO Coordinator   Andrea Kerr on 087 9006299, by email: rcyomusic@hotmail.com   or you will find them on Facebook “Roscommon County   Youth Orchestra”.

 

Any young people from 12 to 24 interested in doing a week long drama course in Roscommon next week give me a call / email to book

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RCYT Summer IntensiveDates: July 11th-15thTimes: 10am-3.30pm daily.Cost: €100Age Range: 12-18yearsCALL 086 874 7024 TO BOOK ‪#‎TEENAGERS‪#‎SUMMMERCAMP‪#‎ACTING‪#‎NEWFRIENDS‪#‎FUN‪#‎ROSCOMMON‪#‎YOUTH #ACTING

After an extremely successful year and fantastic production of If I was in the GPO we would have Won, we are back for an exciting week of acting, physical theatre, voice work and devising.

In just one week a professional theatre director to create a number of short scenes from scratch and develop your acting skills along the way. Collaborate with other young performers, share your ideas for inspiration and work together on this fun challenge. Over the course of the week you will devise,creating, script and ultimately producing a new piece of theatre for stage, props and costume.

What will I get from taking part?By the end of the project you will:Have developed your acting skills with a professional theatre director.Know about what’s involved in putting on a play, including making scripts, props and costumes.Have gained confidence in performing and devising theatre.Have gained social and teamwork skills by working with others in rehearsals. No prior experience needed – just ideas, enthusiasm and an interest in drama!Wear comfortable clothes and footwear – something easy to move in.

CALL 086 874 7024 TO BOOK

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IF I WAS IN THE GPO WE WOULD HAVE WON written & directed by Catherine Sheridan "As nationalist fever swells to a bloody climax with the revolution of Easter 1916 in Dublin. The conflict divides the city and her people, setting friends and family against each other. Bridie Reardon is a young woman passionate for her country. She, and a group of her ‘comrades’ want to fight for Ireland as much as any man, but down west they are told their place is at home.

Bridie dreams of being in the middle of the hairraising experiences happening in Dublin. She could be a scout, a despatch-rider, a sniper, a raider… She could fight side by side with the men. As she struggles with conformity and the expectations of women in society at the time, will she comply or fight for what she believes in? If I was in the GPO, we would have Won, explores themes of courage, friendship, loyalty, responsibility, identity, integrity and femininity.

Prepare to be transported in time and brought on a journey confronting the divisions of the past and challenging our assumptions to re imagine our futures through the eyes of meaningful characters. If I was in the GPO, we would have Won is a poignant, fictitious story set against the backdrop of the 1916 Rising that deals with the ordinary people of that time.”

ROSCOMMON ARTS CENTRE APRIL 22nd & 23rd 8PM TICKETS €12/10

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Roscommon County Youth Theatre, now in its 15th year is back in full swing with a fun packed exciting programme for budding young actors aged 13-22 years. RCYT is a professional youth theatre organisation designed to provide opportunities for young people who have a passion for acting and performance. While many members aspire to have careers in the performance industry, many members have become involved for the social aspect of joining such a dynamic and fun-filled group. The aim of RCYT is to combine the abilities of many different young people in an environment where they can learn and develop their skills in a non-judgemental atmosphere. No previous experience is necessary, the only requirement is that new members have an open mind and are willing to have fun while meeting new people. RCYT is a supportive youth network with a focus on expanding the minds of young people while constantly aiming to build confidence and interpersonal skills. Whether or not you have performed before, RCYT could be the place for you! RCYT have had several highly acclaimed productions ranging from comedies to tragedies and everything in between. By producing a diverse range of plays we provide avenues for young people to explore situations they might find themselves in and provide dialogue for ways to tackle issues that arise in their adolescence. 

“Youth Theatre to me has been the most important, significant and life changing ongoing process

that has ever happened to me. It is because of Youth Theatre that I am so much more confident and so much happier being me than I once was.”

“Not only have I gathered skills and experience with regards to acting and working in the world of theatre but this show has taught me valuable life lessons and I have learned a lot from being part of this amazing show!”

Roscommon County Youth Theatre

Aged 13-22? Ever thought about acting? Being in a show? Seeing how a show works? Interested in making new friends? Roscommon County Youth Theatre is the place for you!

Now enrolling new members for 2016. To find out more contact Catherine on 0868747024 or email drama.works@hotmail.com.

Saturday January 10th Onwards. 11am – 1pm weekly. €70 per term


HISTORY

Roscommon County Youth Theatre, now in its 15th year is back in full swing with a fun packed exciting programme for budding young actors aged 14-22 years. RCYT is a professional youth theatre organisation designed to provide opportunities for young people who have a passion for acting and performance. While many members aspire to have careers in the performance industry, many members have become involved for the social aspect of joining such a dynamic and fun-filled group.

 

Roscommon County Youth Theatre is dedicated to the development and promotion of youth theatre through training, production and access, and encourages a greater understanding of the potential of drama as a medium for learning and as a means of expression for young people.

 

As a youth theatre, we advocate a way of working which puts the integrity of the young people at the centre of a process valuing both exploration and artistic excellence. Our approach to youth drama differs from professional or amateur theatre in that youth drama is not about producing plays for people to see. The process involved is considered equally as if not more important than the finished product. Youth drama encourages the development of the whole person, and uses a range of drama methods to respond to the personal needs of the participants involved and contributes towards the development of the creative, physical, social and intuitive intelligences in its participants.

 

The aim of RCYT is to combine the abilities of many different young people in an environment where they can learn and develop their skills in a non-judgemental atmosphere. No previous experience is necessary, the only requirement is that new members have an open mind and are willing to have fun while meeting new people. RCYT is a supportive youth network with a focus on expanding the minds of young people while constantly aiming to build confidence and interpersonal skills. Whether or not you have performed before, RCYT could be the place for you!

 

WORKSHOPS

Roscommon County Youth Theatre runs weekly workshops covering all aspects of theatre training along with other events throughout the year. Our ethos is to actively learn by doing. By doing so our members discover things about themselves and others and form a strong bond which encourages peer learning and support. We believe in challenging our members , expanding their exposure to various styles of theatre and writing.

 

The methods and codes of practice of RCYT are based on the concepts of opportunity, empowerment, access and artistic excellence. Members are provided with a programme of the highest quality workshops and training which as well as being of immense benefit in the development of self awareness and confidence are the basis for any young person who wishes to pursue a career in Drama, Film or any of the performing arts.

 

Workshops are co-ordinated by an extremely experienced director and drama facilitator, Catherine Sheridan. Catherine is assisted by youth Leader, Ruadhan Mew and many guest facilitators throughout the term. Workshops take place on a Saturday morning from 10am-12pm at Roscommon Arts Centre. These workshops cover many aspects of theatre, giving young people an opportunity to get involved in technical performance, set design, production and acting.

 

Members of Roscommon County Youth Theatre have participated in over 400 workshops since it began and worked with a host of invited theatre professionals over the years including – Gus Hanly, Siobhan Duggan, Wilma O' Keefe,  David Kelly, Klaus Vormehr, Alex Cusack, Vanya Lambrecht,  Cairn Gray, Dolores Lyne, Kate Wilson, Paul Burke,  Raul Borges,  Miquel Barcelo, Scott Fredericks, Ciarda Tobin, Helena Walsh, John Breen,  Galway Film Centre, Wayne Jordan, Ciara Gaffney, Alan King, John Taite, Mark Smith, Jenny MacDonald, Megan Riordan, Roise Goan,  Padraic McIntyre,  Veronica Coburn,  Mikel Murfi, Kevin O’Connor, Jo Mangan, Jason Byrne, Sarah Green and Andrea Irvine.

Theatre Trips:

While working with professional actors and directors, you will also get the opportunity to go to see high quality shows across the country and meet other young people interested in theatre and performance. Trips have taken us to The Abbey, The Peacock, The Hawkswell, The Axis, Project Arts Centre, Town Hall Theatre, Backstage & Roscommon Arts Centre. To coincide with productions we try to organise meet & greets, chat backs and workshops with actors and directors of productions we go to see.

 

Productions:

RCYT have had several highly acclaimed productions ranging from comedies to tragedies and everything in between. By producing a diverse range of plays we provide avenues for young people to explore situations they might find themselves in and provide dialogue for ways to tackle issues that arise in their adolescence. Annual productions take place in spring in the Roscommon Arts Centre.

 

 

Past Productions include:

 

2003    Folie Tha’ by Ciaran Gray

2004    Toil & Trouble by Ciaran Gary

2005    Stories by Mike Finn

2005    Requiem for Lena by Veronica Coburn

2006    The Crucible by Arthur Miller

2007    Car Show by Roscommon County Youth Theatre

2008    Understanding Marcus by Veronica Coburn  

2009    Chatroom y Enda Walsh

2010    Project 4X - 10 Year Anniversary Showcase:

  • Seven Jewish Children – By Caryl Churchill
  • The Voice – Written by Padraig McIntyre
  • 20/20 Hindsight – A devised work by Jo Mangan
  • When shall we three meet again - Adapted by Jason Byrne

2011    Stuff I Buried in a Small Town by Mike Bartlett

2012    The Railway Children by E. Nesbit Adapted by Mike Kenny

2013    The Roses of Eyam by Don Taylor

2014    Risk by John Retallack

 

NAYD:

As a member of the National Association of Youth Drama, RCYT members have access to numerous national events and opportunities. National Youth Theatre (NYT) is an annual large-scale production with professional artistic and technical teams and a cast of young people from youth theatres across Ireland. The Young Critics Programme brings members of youth theatres from around the country together to attend workshops in the critique of professional theatre, to attend performances at leading Irish festivals and to give critiques of the performances at the Young Critics Panel during the Dublin Theatre Festival. The National Festival of Youth Theatres is an annual gathering of Youth Theatres from around the country where each group showcases their work, develops new skills, and meets and works with other Youth Theatres.

 

MORE INFO

Participation in theatre is an opportunity we wish to make accessible to all young people irrespective of means or ability. Therefore prospective members need not have had any previous experience of drama and membership fees are heavily subsidised by Roscommon County Council, The Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíon.

 

 

RCYT is always looking for new members. If you are 14 years old or over and interested in any aspect of theatre, joining RCYT is a great way to meet other people who have the same passion as you. It is very sociable and you will have the opportunity to learn a whole range of new skills and to work in a professional theatre setting.

 

Some former members of RCYT have gone on to study theatre at third level and found that RCYT gave them a distinct advantage. But whether you want to make a career out of it or would just like to make friends, express yourself and have fun, RCYT could be the place for you.

 

For further information contact Catherine Sheridan on drama.works@hotmail.com or 086

874 7024 or Ruadhan Mew on 0872874779 or Mary Mullins at mmullins@roscommoncoco.ie

 

 

What members have said about being involved in Roscommon County Youth Theatre:

 

“Youth Theatre has changed my life.”

 

“My involvement in the production of RISK is something that I will remember for the rest

of my life! Not only have I gathered skills and experience with regards to acting and

working in the world of theatre but this show has taught me valuable life lessons and I

have learned a lot from being part of this amazing show!”

 

“It prepares you for adulthood.“

 

“I’m 100% more confident and comfortable with my abilities.“

 

“It has boosted my confidence dramatically.”

 

“I've made so many new friends. The workshops are great fun. It's great after a long week

of boring and serious school, to take a break and let yourself go. The activities we do in

the workshops really challenge your imagination. They're very active and always have you

on your feet.”

“It has definitely given me more confidence and the ability to express myself more freely.“ “Working with different people has shown me how many paths there are in drama.“

 

“Fantastic, brilliant, real, dramatic, emotional, totally unique.“

 

“Without RCYT I wouldn’t have realised my ambitions.“

 

“The best thing was that everyone in the company wanted to be there and wanted to be actors.“

 

“Having fun together and pulling together under pressure – the full teamwork package.“

 

 

“Youth Theatre to me has been the most important, significant and life changing ongoing

process that has ever happened to me. It is because of Youth Theatre that I am so much

more confident and so much happier being me than I once was.”

 

“An experience that cannot be recreated through any other medium.“

 

“It is because of Youth Theatre that I have met the most wonderful people who have become lifelong friends and who now play a major part in my life. It is because of Youth Theatre that I am studying Drama in college and it is because of Youth Theatre that I want to pursue a career in performing arts.”

 

“To me, Youth Theatre is everything and it has made me the person who I am today.”

 

“I discovered so much about myself, about others and about the hidden yet now revealed world of drama. I was handed helpful knowledge that could maybe help me create a play one day and helpful knowledge that is going to assist me to perform better in the future. “

 

“It is indescribable the experience I've had!”

 

 

 

OUR YOUTH THEATRE PROGRAMS INCLUDES WORKSHOPS ON:

  1. Directing a scene
  2. Spatial Awareness
  3. Approaching a text
  4. Establishing atmosphere through unity & movement
  5. Improvisation Techniques
  6. Introduction to Forum Theatre
  7. Spontaneity workshop
  8. Shakespeare
  9. Acting with film Script
  10. Michael Chekhov Techniques
  11. Rap
  12. Status
  13. Multiple Intelligences
  14. Mind Games
  15. How to write a Scene
  16. Finding other ways to communicate
  17. Quotes through the Ages/ How they can inspire Drama
  18. Annie Ryan Techniques
  19. Persuasion
  20. Focus
  21. Devising Techniques
  22. Creating Characters
  23. Exploring Themes & Identifying common Themes
  24. Writing Scripts
  25. Teambuilding
  26. The Actors and the Stage
  27. Acting Techniques
  28. Creating Characters
  29. Improvisation
  30. The use of objects and other materials whilst acting
  31. Thematic Drama
  32. Defining Roles of the Production Team
  33. Mini Theatre Companies
  34. Drama Engagement Work
  35. Developing a Character Working Externally
  36. Text Analysis
  37. Creative Exploration Work
  38. Exploring Issues using Dramatic Strategies
  39. A series of workshops focusing on Improvisation Techniques
  40. Process Drama Sequence
  41. Exploration of Varied Playwrights Work
  42. Improvisational Theatre exploring themes of Conflict & Resolution
  43. Sensory Theatre workshops
  44. A Voice Workshop Series
  45. Text Based Choral Work
  46. Boal Techniques
  47. Image Theatre
  48. Improvisational Movement
  49. Script Analysis
  50. Process Drama Sequence
  51. Monologue Work
  52. Exploration of Varied Playwrights Work
  53. Devising Drama
  54. Character Creation and Development
  55. Genres
  56. Character Creation and Development
  57. Issue based drama looking at the theme of NEGLECT
  58. Inspiration through poetry, lyrics & songs
  59. Inspiration through photography, text and newspaper articles
  60. Ensemble work

 

Roscommon County Council Arts Office, Roscommon County Council, Áras an Chontae, Roscommon. Ireland