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Roscommon County Youth Theatre's 2018 production was The House of Oedipus by Anna Galligan

An epic Greek Tragedy for a large cast, following the story of one man’s family who are doomed from the beginning.  

Are pride and stubbornness the cause Oedipus’ downfall or did he commit some unknown sin against the Gods? He committed a crime but did not know it was a crime, was he guilty? Bringing four Greek tragedies together, this full-length play brings us three generations, two countries, five kings, two plagues and one war. We meet the unknowing Oedipus who kills his father and marries his mother with dire consequences not only for himself but his whole family. There’s his brother-in-law, Creon who professes not to want the crown but his actions say different. Then Antigone, that famous heroine, who walks to her death strong in her convictions that her actions were true. For the youth theatre that is up for a rewarding challenge, this play offers myriad opportunities for ensemble work, complex characters, high drama and tragedy! With plenty of scope for differing cast size and gender demands, there is lots to offer newer and more experienced youth theatre members. 

ROSCOMMON ARTS CENTRE 

THE HOUSE OF OEDIPUS

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ROSCOMMON ARTS CENTRE 

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. To find out more contact Catherine on 0868747024 or email drama.works@hotmail.com.

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

2015 Too Fast by Douglas Maxwell

2016 If I was in the GPO we would have won by Catherine Sheridan

2017 Animal Farm by George Orwell

2018 The House of Oedipus by Anna Galligan

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.

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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 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