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.