High drama on the way in courtroom

By David tucker

A poster heralding the 'Revolt'
A poster heralding the 'Revolt'

WEXFORD Courtroom at the old county buildings will be the high drama venue for a new play, 'Revolt', which was devised by the members of the County Wexford Youth Theatre and written by former member, now professional actor/writer Marnie McCleane-Fay.

The play is set 200 years after the Easter Rising and runs from Wednesday, March 30 March until Saturday, April at 8 p.m. nightly.

'The world of 2116 is very different than today, and we explore this world through the device of a trial, where citizens are accused of various crimes such as keeping a pet, distributing food to the hungry and suspected rebel activity,' says Marnie.

'In 2116, people are judged by their peers, so the lawyers, judge and jury are all the same age as the accused. However, the trials don't go quite according to plan. "Revolt" questions a supposed ideal world. A dystopia, the young people believe, we are heading towards,' she said.

County Wexford Youth Theatre was formed in 2003 by Wexford County Council, the Arts Council and Bare Cheek Theatre Company.

The courtoom will provide the perfect venue for the play as the audience sit in among the action and also up in the public gallery, so the play moves around them. 'Revolt' is not suitable for young children as it is quite harrowing in places and because of the setting, it is extremely realistic.

'We wanted to create and stage a site-specific play about Ireland, 1916 and justice and the Arts Council awarded us specific funding to devise a new play, said artistic director Tony, 'we approached the council and the Court Service to use the Courtroom and they immediately agreed.'

Tickets are available from Wexford Arts Centre (053) 91 23764, www.wexfordartscentre.ie or on the door.

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