“Not a Session!” the play was presented by the young creator’s team at the Theatre Royal Waterford and the result of 16 weeks work. The project was an initiative to bring together a group of like-minded young people and to encourage combined thinking as a ‘production company’ with mentoring support from arts professionals and venues. The project provided everyone with the opportunity to fully realise their creative potential.
Twenty-seven young people from St. Angela’s Ursuline, Newtown, De La Salle and Mount Sion secondary schools in Waterford, were chosen to be the creators of their own theatre production. Bringing these young people and their schools together provided a diverse and dynamic collaboration and led to exciting outcomes. Following team building, story development and role allocations, the production, under the guidance of professional theatre practitioners, was rehearsed, designed, marketed, tech’d and performed by the young creators team.
The performances were attended by families, friends, their Transition Year peers, teachers and the general public. The play was seen by close to 500 patrons. The young creators gained new skills – critical thinking, independent decision making, constructive discussion, as well as gaining theatrical experiences – writing, directing, management, technical lights, sound and design. Gaining confidence, discipline, accepting new peers and making new friends were a key part of the experience.