Thursday 14 November 2019

'Following Yeats from Sligo to the Abbey is a true dream'

IT Sligo student Lydia Concannon is about to embark on the opportunity of a lifetime after being selected to take up the first annual Yeats Design Residency at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin.

It is part of a new innovative partnership between the national theatre and IT Sligo, bringing together two of WB Yeats's greatest passions -- the Abbey Theatre and Sligo.

Lydia (22) who has just completed the four-year honours BA Performing Arts programme at the IT Sligo, is set to begin the six-month residency in a couple of weeks. The course allows for specialism in theatre design or acting.

Lydia, of Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo, is "ecstatic" about the opportunity, which will see her working with world-class directors, designers and production staff on a range of productions in the Abbey and Peacock Theatres.

She was selected after she and her class mates were invited to design a set for the play 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' for the Abbey. The Mayo student used "ghost estates" as the inspiration for her set.

Lydia spent the summer working as an intern for London-based jewellery designer and painter Andrew Logan.

Frank Conway, who is a lecturer on the IT Sligo Performing Arts course, is a former head of design at the Abbey Theatre, and was instrumental in the development of the partnership.

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