Limerick Youth Theatre among pride of place finalists

Limerick Youth Theatre among pride of place finalists

'Proud': Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Liam Galvin

LIMERICK Youth Theatre is one of four Limerick groups and organisations that will represent Shannonside in the IPB Pride of Place competition this summer.

The city based theatrical group will be joined by the villages of Murroe and Broadford, as well as the Liskennett Farm in Granagh as the local representatives in the national competition.

The four were chosen to go forward after Limerick City and County Council earlier this year invited expressions of interest from local communities, projects or housing estates who wished to be nominated for the competition.

The Pride of Place is run in conjunction with local authorities North and South and aims to recognise and celebrate the vital contributions that communities make to society along with generating awareness, respect and inclusion for every facet of society. Limerick Youth Theatre will fly the flag in the Community Arts Initiative -City Category.

The youth theatre is a company of young performers, dancers, writers, designers, directors, producers and film makers. It was set up in 1997 with a vision of providing a unique opportunity for young people from all backgrounds to cross social/cultural divides through youth drama experiences.

A collaboration by the theatre with the Daughters of Charity titled “The Creative Show” enables people to pursue their individual life goals, create opportunities for social inclusion and provide opportunities to develop their talent in the performing arts.The Daughters of Charity were the first to establish day services in Limerick city for adults with intellectual disabilities.

This collaboration aims to develop sustainable network and build links in the service user’s local community.

Mayor of Limerick, Liam Galvin said that right across Limerick there are examples of inspirational communities that espouse everything that the competition is about.

“There’s a fantastic sense of civic spirit in Limerick with communities like these show exactly what can be achieved," he said.