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UCC Youth Theatre members worked with director Julie O’Leary, assistant Maxine Acton-Carey and facilitator Fionn Woodhouse over a three-month period on two public facing performances of ‘D.N.A’ by Denis Kelly, performed on the 5th and 6th April 2019 in the Theatre Lab, Connolly Complex, University College Cork.. Both sell out performances of this darkly comic piece were warmly received by the audience. The play follows a group of friends and hangers on as they deal with things going wrong and then very wrong, asking questions about social pressure, the meaning of friendship and mental health in teenagers along the way.
UCC Youth Theatre membership is drawn from the general public, designated disadvantaged schools via the UCC Plus+ office, and via the UCC University of Sanctuary initiative. The UCC Plus+ office works with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to raise aspirations, supporting them in reaching and completing third level. The University of Sanctuary initiative supports asylum seekers and refugees to access third level.
Youth Theatre is a youth work practice that contributes to the artistic, personal and social development of young people through their participation in theatre – UCC YT specifically aims at being an inclusive safe place for self-discovery for young people from differing socioeconomic backgrounds to learn, create and grow together.
Images from a performance of ‘D.N.A’ by Dennis Kelly, directed by Julie O’Leary in the Theatre Lab, Department of Theatre, UCC.