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'Folie Tha' at Roscommon Arts Centre

Roscommon County Youth Theatres first major production is coming to Roscommon Arts Centre on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th February next.

Folie Tha’ is an enormously entertaining comedy about a teenage dance troupe who are off to Paris to take part in a dance competition. For anyone who was ever on a school trip abroad the picture of potential calamity, accident and bizarre situations that come to mind pretty much reflect what happens to our catastrophe prone young superstars. Of course this is not helped by the fact that the only adult supervision on the trip is less reliable that the rest of the group put together leaving their French counterparts somewhat bemused by it all. Set in the present day, Folie Tha’ is a play about discovery, liberty and Murphy’s law and both adults and young people will have a ball with it.

The play was written by Ciarán Gray who also worked as choreographer with the youth theatre in the run up to the show. Catherine Simon who conducts the youth theatre’s weekly workshops also directs this play and Vanya Lambrecht from Galway is set designer. Following each of the performances, there will be a reception where the audience will have the opportunity to meet the cast and director. This will be especially useful for anyone interested in becoming members themselves.

Roscommon County Youth Theatre offers a solid basis for young people, particularly those with an interest in pursuing theatre as a profession, to learn the full gamut of acting and production skills. 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. 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 and contributes towards the development of the creative, physical, social and intuitive intelligences in its participants. RCYT is supported by Roscommon County Council, The Arts Council and Roscommon Partnership Company.

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