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Wednesday 1 October 2014

M.A.D. Youth Theatre scoops three awards

Margaret Roddy

Published 12/02/2014 | 05:20

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DUNDALK'S M.A.D Youth theatre paid a fruitful visit to Prague last weekend, picking up three awards at the Class in Action International Youth Theatre Festival 2014.

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Dundalk's M.A.D Youth theatre paid a fruitful visit to Prague last weekend, picking up three awards at the Class in Action International Youth Theatre Festival 2014.

They won best overall play and their stunning performaces resulted in the group winning best overall play by audience votes, and Craig McHugh won the award for best actor category.

M.A.D Youth Theatre were the first Irish youth theatre ever to participate in the festival along side nine other youth drama groups from Russia, France, England and Czech Republic, with Lola Sara Farrell, Ogi Ugonoh, Craig McHugh, Rachael Winters, Steven Jimenez and Andrew Duffy doing Dundalk and Ireland proud.

Organisers say in the eight years running they have never seen such performance, great script and important message M.A.D YT stood out from the rest. Other audience members said they were moved and touched by the story.

The senior members of M.A.D. spent three days of performances, sightseeing and drama workshops in the Czech capital as part of the Class in Action International Youth Theatre Festival 2014 which promotes and encourages the use of English as a tool for international communication.

The members also had the opportunity to stay with families from Prague Youth Theatre which added to their Czech experience.

Director Kwasie Boyce said 'This was an opportunity for the young people to share cultures and bond over similarities, a chance to be ambassadors for their community.' .

For the festival, the group devised a play 'Connor' which looks at the pressures young men faces, issues that are often misguided by attempts to be a 'man'. This hard work paid off resulting in and amazing wins for the first timers in this festival.

M.A.D Youth Theatre want to thank all who have supported the organisation and helped them get the young people to Prague.

Since its inauguration in 2011 M.A.D Youth theatre have been working consistently providing a space where young people who have an interest in drama not only learn the skills to be an actor but develop the young person as a whole artistically, socially and personally. If you want to get in touch find them on facebook or email ytfordundalk@gmail.com or call 0860457026. First class is free.

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