Professional theatre company creates new play with Dungannon youths

A new play, created by young people from Dungannon, will premiere on Sunday 28 June at the Bardic Theatre in Donaghmore.

The play, It’s Time, has been written by members of Niamh Louise Youth Group, part of the Niamh Louise Foundation, in conjunction with a professional writer and director from Tinderbox Theatre Company.

It tells the stories of three typical young people who find it hard to deal with everyday pressures, but find the support they need by talking to their nearest and dearest.

Tinderbox Theatre Company director Don McCamphill has been working with the young people for six months, supported by the staff at Niamh Louise Foundation, during which time the ideas for the play evolved and the script took shape.

He says: “This is a unique project. The young people from the youth group have a really clear vision of how young people should be treated, and how parents and carers need to pay attention to their needs, talk to them and listen to them.

“The strength of the ideas meant we very quickly got the concept for the script, and that we were able to deliver a really positive message.”

The final version of the script was prepared for the stage by local writer Susannah McKenna, who has worked with Tinderbox in the past, as an exciting new talent on their Fireworks programme.

“When I was asked to get involved I jumped at the chance. The Niamh Louise Foundation does fantastic work: it’s a great project to be working on, because it sends out such a positive message. And of course, it’s great for the young people and for Dungannon and South Tyrone.”

The play will be performed by leading youth theatre company More Pies, who have performed in top theatres nationwide, including the National Theatre, London, the Lyric Theatre in Belfast, and Derry Playhouse. The company was a winner of the National Connections competition in 2012.

The play runs for one night only in the Bardic Theatre, Donaghmore, Sunday 28th June at 7.30pm. Entry is free.