Limerick Youth Theatre return with Faustian tale

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

LIMERICK YOUTH Theatre have made a pact with the Devil himself this week - but you will have to go along to the Belltable to see the results.

LIMERICK YOUTH Theatre have made a pact with the Devil himself this week - but you will have to go along to the Belltable to see the results.

The popular and productive youth theatre company this week present their intriguing take on Goethe’s ‘Faust’, translated and adapted by R D MacDonald, the memorable tale focusing on an elderly man who has lost his zest for life and decides to sell his soul to the Devil in order to receive happiness.

Featuring fourteen Limerick Youth Theatre members under the direction of Simon Thompson, an experienced director and actor and member of the most recently established Orchard Theatre Company, who acknowledges that the show is a risqué one.

“As a guest director for LYT, I’m delighted to bring you our production of ‘Faust’,” he explained.

“After five weeks of intense rehearsals this group of young adults has brought to life a classic period text. The story of ‘Faust’ centres around Dr Faust, an elderly man who has lost his zest for life and decides to sell his soul to the Devil for happiness and dare I say sex. Oh yes! This is a fast paced show, dark, funny and at times a little risky. They knew how to write a play back then,” he laughs.

The production is the most lavish that LYT has undertaken to date, a full period costume drama, with lots of costume changes, a specially designed stage set, combined with a dark soundtrack and lighting design to boot.

Angie Smalis, Artistic Director of LYT, said of Thompson that it was a “privilege to have the opportunity to collaborate once more with a local director whose work is challenging, unique and of the highest standard”.

“Faust’s tale is a classic and describes an edgy arrangement in order to achieve power and success,” she explained.

“As artistic director of LYT, I always enjoy seeing the members gain huge experience as actors and grow in confidence over the course of the summer months,” she added, noting that many members decide to do performing arts at college and to pursue a career in the acting profession after the summer production by LYT.

The youth theatre company have a reputation for excellently produced, professional stage shows, and this is certainly not one to be missed, and they deserve recognition for tackling such interesting and weighty subject matter.

‘Faust’ runs in the Belltable until Friday. For more information see www.lyt.ie.