St John's young actors to kick off a great month for Kerry talent in Listowel

The St John’s Young Theatre Group during rehearsals for Scars with Stories - written by the group’s Italian-native member Chiara Quarta in a hard-hitting piece about the mafia on Monday next, January 15
The St John’s Young Theatre Group during rehearsals for Scars with Stories - written by the group’s Italian-native member Chiara Quarta in a hard-hitting piece about the mafia on Monday next, January 15

Eve Dowling

It's off to the mean streets of Italy in St John's on Monday next as the theatre's talented young acting troupe take on a hard-hitting piece about the mafia - written by a young Italian native currently resident in town.

Sixteen-year-old exchange student Chiara Quarta is the writer behind Scars with Stories, taking to the stage with a very interesting premise on Monday next, January 15 (7.40pm).

Consisting of cleverly-written monologues, Scars with Stories sees the actors playing people who have died at the hands of the organised crime syndicate; with the characters rising one-by-one from the grave to tell their stories of how the mafia affected them. It's directed by actor Chris Fitzgerald in what's sure to prove a huge hit with audiences of all ages.

Before the young troupe perform, Tralee's Zyber Theatre will grace the stage - on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, January 10,11 and 13, with What Time is it in Bangkok - described as a 'madcap comedy set in an institution for actors that are not quite all there'!

Thursday, January 18, sees the Fandango Guitar Duo of Colin McLean and David Keating performing beautiful guitar pieces such as the tango music of Astor Piazzolla, sultry French music and arrangements of modern hits by the Beatles and more. Doors open at 7:40 pm and admission is €12.

January's instalment of The Best of Traditional hits the stage on Friday, January 19, with Laoise Kelly and Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn on Irish harp and uilleann pipes performing songs from their latest album Ar Lorg Na Laochra in a sure fire hit for the many trad fans of the region.

Lastly, on Saturday, January 20, the EJ Morean Drama Group from Kenmare will put on a production of Rick Abbott's comic drama "Play On" in another great night at the theatre.

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