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Loaded @ The Helix, DCU

  • 26-10-2005 10:23pm
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    After packing out the Ark in September, Loade dis coming to the Helix as part of the Fizz Festival, an arts festival for young people.

    Info on play http://]here

    Irish Theatre Magazine reviewed it in September:

    The Ark
    Fri 23 Sep - Sun 25 Sep, 8.30pm

    In Loaded, a group of ordinary Irish teenagers are somehow transported to a mysterious island, where the only other inhabitant is an enigmatic mute girl, whom they christen Erica. At first, this brave new world is paradisal. But gradually the castaways' innate bigotry and suspicion begins to poison the land and they turn on the gentle Erica out of ignorance and fear.

    This is a play that seeks to "imaginatively explore the Ireland we live in today", and Independent Youth Theatre have chosen to highlight the insidious discrimination in Irish society in a novel way, by transposing it to this numinous otherplace. How resourceful: to ward off homesickness, these practical teens bring all their old prejudices to the island with them. Who could be lonesome for the aul' sod when there's a spirited discussion about 'cappers', or how foreigners are sponging off the state? Sure, that's as Irish as a rainy Monday!

    Bigotry and intolerance certainly aren't original issues, but IYT have found an inventive way to stage them. As is often the problem with productions that are issue-driven rather than plot-driven, the script lacks cohesion. However this is a production that bears its workshop origins proudly, and the youthful cast display remarkable verve and promise.