For / With / By: Kildare Youth Theatre - The Act of Oblivion, Part 1 2018
Two plays, two different stories. Each one starts out at the same time on the stage. One is oblivious to the other. One play fights to be the story that we hear and see. The other will be the one unheard and forgotten. Neither the actors nor the audience knows which play will take control of the stage. No one knows which story will be told in its entirety until the night is over, until the victorious have written the history.
With the support of the Irish Arts Council's Young Ensembles Scheme, Kildare Youth Theatre devised this experimental work that aims to express what it might be like for a post-colonial country to live with the colonisers. The play is a metaphor that looks at the politics of forgetting, wondering if we can you forget our past? How do we pretend not to see?
Established in 1996 by Crooked House Theatre Company, Kildare Youth Theatre is based in the east midlands in Ireland. It has a history of presenting ambitious work, influenced by European theatre-making and Irish narrative traditions. Using Crooked House's wide network of European connections, and availing of the EU's Erasmus+ programme, the young people are able to collaborate with several youth theatre-making projects a year across the continent. In addition to devising its own new work it also stages classical plays, newly scripted plays, and several conference and educational shows each year.
Kildare Youth Theatre is owned by the young members, who run the company as a collective, guided by Artistic Director Peter Hussey. They operate an ensemble model, maintaining 4 year-round ensembles who engage full-time in multiple projects for up to 5 years each. Members run, and rent, the space they use, from which they develop new work, host international exchanges, and provide cultural youth work with the assistance of a team of volunteers from Ireland and Europe. It is supported by the Kildare County Council with project funding from Arts Council Ireland.
Further information is available on www.kildareyouththeatre.com
For / With By: Festival Of European Youth Theatre is generously supported by Ramps on the Moon, Baron Davenport's Charity and The Golsoncott Foundation.
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