Dublin Youth Theatre is running a Fundit campaign to support its 38th annual ‘Big Show’.
Founded in 1977, DYT is a voluntary organisation which “delivers quality creative experiences that promote artistic, personal and social development for young people aged 14 to 22 in Dublin”. It provides regular workshops for beginners and current members, theatre visits, residential weekends, festivals, mentoring, outreach and advocacy. In addition to smaller projects it puts on one ‘Big Show’ each year.
This year’s Big Show is Show Me Love, an original play commisioned by DYT from playwright Colin Thornton:
A large ensemble, multiple narrative play, ‘Show Me Love’ will explore and celebrate the ever changing, often complicated, emotional life of a small group of Dublin teenagers as their paths intersect and collide over the course of 24 hours on the last day of summer.
Blogger and DYT board member Roseanne Smith describes Dublin Youth Theatre as a formative experience in her own childhood:
“… in a family of extremely creative people it gave me a space to find my own creative focus but that’s likely just the middle child in me talking. Being from Dublin 6 and going to school in Dublin 4, Dublin Youth Theatre gave me an opportunity to meet other young folk from beyond that small community. I performed in a number of Big Shows playing variously James Joyce’s youngest sister, a football fan who loved Denis Irwin and, ahem, an incestuous ghost. I also developed my costume, set design, stage management and directing skills. Most of all I made friends and had fun. Dublin Youth Theatre continues to this day to offer young people aged 14 – 22 similar quality artistic experiences …”
There are just 4 days remaining to help Dublin Youth Theatre reach its modest crowdfunding target of €2000. Rewards include listings in the show programme, discounts, free tickets and a teambuilding workshop for up to 20 people.