Limerick theatre company Orchard to bring fruits of 24 hour theatre challenge to bear

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

THE CHALLENGE? To create and stage four brand new pieces of theatre featuring a team of local writers, directors and actors. The catch? To do it all in just 24 hours.

THE CHALLENGE? To create and stage four brand new pieces of theatre featuring a team of local writers, directors and actors. The catch? To do it all in just 24 hours.

This is the challenge being spearheaded by local theatre company Orchard, a 24 hour theatre challenge that will take place in the former Daghdha Space in St John’s Church on the May Bank Holiday weekend.

The local company already have 55 volunteers signed up for the challenge, which will see them assemble at 10am on Friday, May 4, break into four groups, determined by a lottery, and create four original pieces of theatre by 10am Saturday morning, to be performed at 7pm that night. Nothing to it.

“There is risk in it, but I think it will have that element that the public will find fun,” explained Simon Thompson, founder of Orchard Theatre Company who has had a near 25 year career in theatre.

“Nothing can be pre-written because the writers and directors don’t know who their cast is going to be, what props the actors are going to bring or bits of costume, so it has to work very spontaneously and everyone get stuck in and really have some fun with it,” he added.

The point of the project is to raise the profile of theatre in Limerick and as such a host of amateur groups are involved and all are welcome, experienced or not.

“Hopefully it will be a bringing together of a lot of disparate groups in Limerick and an example of them all working together towards one goal,” said Simon. “That is to raise the profile of theatre, trying to get new people interested in coming to the theatre, highlight that theatre can be fun and off the wall and not stuffy and boring.”

All are welcome to take part in the event and can do so by emailing info@orchardtc.com. Ticket bookings can be made on 086-1086767.