Monday, January 14, 2008

Tenderfoot Drama Programme

At the end of last term, the Tenderfoot Drama Programme at the Civic Theatre in Tallaght finished, and among our pupils taking part was Anna Traill, who played one of the two parts in Molly Sanderson's short play Nobody, and who reports for us for the second time :-

The performances turned out to be absolutely amazing, especially in my view. The plays were amazingly written, well acted and the reaction of the audience was really good and exactly what we were hoping for. We did seven performances, each about 2 hours long including 6 short plays. A few of the performances we did for the schools, which were during the day hadn’t given us the reaction we were hoping for but most of them laughed when they were supposed to and kept silent at the important parts!

It was a great experience for all of us. For some, to get rid of nerves and learn acting skills and for others, a time to learn about playwrights and writing plays themselves. It gave us a great sense of achievement every time we walked off the stage, or for some people seeing their play being produced. Although we had a lot of fun meeting new people and a party at the end of it, it wasn’t all fun and games. It was a lot of hard work and a lot of hours were put into it. Because we were working with professionals they expected everything to be perfect so we all put in a lot. I definitely recommend it for anybody interested in any aspects of the theatre, even if they have no experience.

The other participants were Fiona Boyd (writing, and performing as Anne Doyle, newsreader), Lauren Cooke (assistant director) and Sarah O'Mahony (set design, and performing as a mad news photographer). Read Luke Clancy here on the project.

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