On Nov 18th RCYT Juniors Joey Lino, Emily Philpott, Isaac Naughton, George Naughton, Kacper Zajac, Daniel Murphy & David Sadowski took to the roads and went on a road trip to County Cork to participate in Youth Theatre Irelands Playshare Event at Youth Theatre Practice Symposium at Granary Theatre, UCC. They travelled with the always accommodating Clarkes Buses and were joined with Youth Theatre Leader extraordinaries Betty Duffy & Jéréime Cry Cooke. This year Playshare celebrated a new collaboration with Scripts, Ireland’s Playwriting Festival – The George B. Miller Award. Inspired by the work of the late George B.Miller, this award offered three playwrights the opportunity to each work on writing a play for youth theatre ensembles aged 11-14. Following a shortlisting process, three writers were selected to work on their plays with the support of Dramaturg Pete Mullineaux over a 10 month period.
These three plays are now being presented as staged extracts by Youth Theatre Ireland members as part of the symposium. The plays and Playwrights were :
- Initiative by Isaac Quinn
- Shadow Selves by Bridgid Galvin
- Seabourne by Carley Magee
These were performed by the members of Activate Youth Theatre – Cork, Griese Youth Theatre – Co .Kildare and Roscommon County Youth Theatre.
RCYT took part in workshops with members of Activate Youth Theatre, Cork, Griese Youth Theatre, Co .Kildare, led by Rebecca Feely, National Programme Co-Ordinator of Youth Theatre Ireland and performed an extract of Initiative by Isaac Quinn to a full house and it was an amazing experience for them all.