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Three teenagers from Cork will tread the boards in The Na­tional The­atre of Ire­land this month.

Three teenagers from Cork, as­so­ci­ated with sep­a­rate youth theatres in the city and county, will tread the boards in The Na­tional The­atre of Ire­land this month.

The science fic­tion pro­duc­tion R.U.R. - Ros­sum’s Univer­sal Robot­sis is be­ing staged by the Na­tional Youth The­atre at the Pea­cock stage in the Abbey The­atre.

As well as Cork, youth the­atre mem­bers from Car­low, Dublin, Kildare, Leitrim, Lim­er­ick, Long­ford, Louth, Mon­aghan and Roscom­mon are tak­ing part.

Re­hearsals be­gan at the end of July for a sched­uled week of per­for­mances at the Pea­cock from Mon­day, Au­gust 21, un­til the fol­low­ing Sat­ur­day.

The Cork par­tic­i­pants are Josh Camp­bell, Glen­gar­riff Youth The­atre; Amaya Gille­spie, Ac­ti­vate Youth The­atre, Black­pool; and Pat­tie Ma- guire, Rath­pea­con who is with the CIT Cork School Of Mu­sic Youth The­atre.

Over­all, the clas­sic science fic­tion play will in­tro­duce 16 tal­ented young ac­tors to the Na­tional The­atre stage.

Josh said: “I can’t wait, it’s so ex­cit­ing to be a part of NYT. From the act­ing I’ve done, I’ve dis­cov­ered that every time a per­for­mance ends, I just can’t wait to get out there and do it again. I just know this is go­ing to be a fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence.

Amaya said: “Ever since I started act­ing, I knew it was for me, whether I make a ca­reer out of it or not, it’s just some­thing I love to do!”

Mean­while, Pat­tie added: “Act­ing has been a big part of my life for many years and I’m count­ing down the days ’til NYT be­gins.”

The per­for­mance times are Mon­day–Sat­ur­day at 8pm, mati­nees on Sat­ur­day at 2.30pm and prices are €18–€25, con­ces­sions €16–€20. All book­ings are are www.abbeythe­atre.ie

Josh Camp­bell, from Bantry, said he dis­cov­ered his love of act­ing through Glen­gar­riff Youth The­atre when he was 14 years old. A stu­dent of Coláiste Pobail Bhean­ntraí, he was per­suaded to join the the­atre group by his friends and par­ents, who felt cer­tain that it would be a fit for him.

He has since ap­peared in sev­eral per­for­mances lo­cally, the most re­cent be­ing An­gels by Pauline McG­lynn in June last. When the op­por­tu­nity to au­di­tion for the Na­tional Youth The­atre came up, Josh jumped at the chance.

Some 44 ap­pli­cants from around the coun­try were called back to fi­nal au­di­tions in Dublin in May, and, from that group, a fi­nal 16 were se­lected.

Josh Camp­bell, aged 16, Glen­gar­riff Youth The­atre; Amaya Gille­spie, aged 16, Ac­ti­vate Youth The­atre, and Pat­tie Maguire, aged 17, Cork School of Mu­sic Youth The­atre.

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