Press Release – 13 October 2009
Dublin Youth Theatre presents Half 3 Heroes
A brand new specially commissioned play for Dublin Youth Theatre by Sarah & Steve (RTÉ 2) co-writer and star Emmet Kirwan
Monday 26th – Saturday 31st October 2009, 8.15pm, Project Cube, Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex Street, Dublin 1
13 October 2009; Dublin Youth Theatre (DYT) were delighted to confirm today that they will be back in Project Arts Centre for their new show, Half 3 Heroes from 26th – 31st October 2009. Half 3 Heroes takes you into the near future, into the world, thoughts, chats and slags of a group of teenagers, thrown together by changes in a turbulent education system, as they try to come to terms with their own identity as well as the rapidly changing societal identity of a new ‘Ireland.’
Emmet Kirwan, a former member of DYT, worked closely with the youth theatre members to produce a script that would provide a true representation of the voices and experiences of young people in Ireland. Kirwan wanted to remain true to their experiences and not traditionally perceived ideas associated with teenagers. This is not the first time Kirwan has permeated the language of young people living in Dublin, he also co-wrote with David Coffey (Dan & Becs), the new Accomplice TV/ RTÉ comedy series Sarah & Steve, in which he also plays Steve.
Half 3 Heroes is the first show Willie White has directed during his 3 year tenure as Artistic Director of Dublin Youth Theatre and will be the last performance under his guidance before Gary Keegan (Brokentalkers Theatre Company) takes over the role later this year. For White Half 3 Heroes reinforces the credibility in the belief that the teenage years are the most formative in an individual’s life and that young people have something to teach us about the world we’re creating for them to ultimately sort out. Commenting on the show White said ‘This is a great opportunity to work directly with the members - I’m looking forward to getting really strong performances from the large cast of over twenty’
Dublin Youth Theatre presents
Half 3 Heroes
Written by Emmet Kirwan and directed by Willie White
Previews Monday 26th & 27th October
Opens Wednesday 28th – Saturday 31st October
Nightly at 8.15pm
Project Cube, Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Tickets €15/€12 (Concession)
Bookings + 353 (1) 881 9613/4 / www.projectartscentre.ie
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Notes for Editors:
1. Dublin Youth Theatre
Since its foundation in 1977, DYT has provided innovative and exciting opportunities for young people in the 14 - 22 age group to gain experience in drama, theatre and the related arts. DYT aims to provide for the personal and social development of its members through participation in drama workshops and productions and to attain a high artistic standard in the public performance of plays which are relevant to the lives of young people today.
2. Willie White
Willie White has been Artistic Director of Project Arts Centre since 2002, responsible for commissioning, co-production and programming for two performance spaces and occasional off-site locations. He recently directed Two Hundred Feet, a dance film by Ella Clarke with a live score composed by Dara Smith, produced by Project Arts Centre and screened at Absolut Fringe and in 2008 he produced and directed Rosaleen McDonagh: My Story, produced Roll Up Your Sleeves: The DIY Counterculture, written and directed by Dylan Haskins both for Dublin Community Television with funding from the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland.
Before Project Arts Centre, he worked for RTÉ, the Irish public service broadcaster, for four years, mostly on television arts programmes, initially as a reporter and researcher and later as an Assistant Producer on The View.
Willie is a graduate of UCD and TCD where he read English and Irish Theatre respectively. In 2008 he was awarded the Jerome Hynes Fellowship on the Clore Leadership Programme.
3. Emmet Kirwan
A former member of Dublin Youth Theatre, Emmet Kirwan graduated from the acting training programme at the Samuel Beckett Centre in Trinity College in 2001. Film and Television credits include The Take (Sky One), Inside I'm Dancing (Universal), The Boys and Girl from County Clare (Metro-Goldwyn), Ella Enchanted (Miramax), Porcelain (Inis Films), and Shattered (I-Wire Films). Emmet also played the parts of Animal in the RTE drama series Legend and Ray McDermott in The Big Bow Wow, also for RTE. Theatre credits include Monged (Fishamble), Mushroom (Storytellers), Alone It Stands (Andrews Lane), Carshow 3 (Corn Exchange/Barabbas), One Project (Pan Pan),Where He Lies (Island Theatre Company), Ladies and Gents (Semper Fi), Rent (Olympia), The Indian Wants the Coombe (Purple Heart) and Election Night (Bewley’s). Emmet also co-wrote (with David Coffey) and plays the role of Steve in the new Accomplice TV/RTE comedy series Sarah & Steve.