LIMERICK Youth Theatre are busily preparing to put a “juggernaut” on the stage in the coming days in the shape of The Trial.
The group, under the direction of experienced theatre practitioner Ann Blake, will present Steven Berkoff’s adaption of Franz Kafka’s novel at 69 O’Connell Street from August 19-22.
The play tells the story of Joseph K’s arrest and impending trial, who, as he attempts to discover what is behind his situation, sinks deeper and deeper, flailing as he tries to escape.
Ann, a veteran of youth theatre and member of the Brad Pitt Light Orchestra who memorably brought the musical of the Unlucky Cabin Boy to life for City of Culture last year, says the play will be staged “in an unconventional way” and that she was “delighted” to be directing it.
“I was lucky to be a member of LYT in its first ever year in 1997, so it is fantastic to be back many years later as a director,” she said.
“There is a great freedom that comes with a youth theatre production. The Trial is a juggernaut of a script that requires a large cast and it is rare to get to stage this kind of production. It is wonderful, as a director, to have the opportunity to do a big show with a committed cast and crew.
“The energy, focus and enthusiasm of the company means rehearsals hit the ground running,” she added.
The director is being ably assisted by a team of fellow local theatre practitioners including Darren Maher on set design and music direction, Mags O’Donoghue on production management and Marie Boylan on costume design.
“LYT provides a great introduction to a professional experience for young people interested in going into the industry,” said Ann.
“Working with professionals really enhances the young people’s experience and allows for mentoring and training which is central to the LYT experience. We will be staging the play in an unconventional way, which will give the audience a very different experience of the space at 69 O’Connell Street.
“I’m excited by what we are all going to achieve, and what Limerick audiences are going to enjoy, by bringing The Trial to the stage,” she added.
LYT director Angie Smalis said Ann had developed “exciting and innovative ways of staging this complex play and we are looking forward to seeing the shows at 69 O’Connell Street”.
“LYT are excited to experience the live shows but most importantly we are thankful for all the hard work which is needed to bring ‘the juggernaut’ to stage. We are looking forward to seeing some fine performances, cutting edge staging and lighting and to hear the original music,” she added.
The Trial takes place in 69 O’Connell Street from August 19-22. See Limerick Youth Theatre for more.