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Spotlight shines on Mac's first youth theatre programme

MAC Youth Theatre will feature an ensemble of 20 young performers and stage managers

A NEW theatrical programme is aiming to give young performers and stage managers first-hand experience in stage productions.

The MAC Youth Theatre will feature an ensemble of twenty young performers and stage managers as they take a collective approach to creative theatre-making.

It is open to young people aged 16-18 of all abilities and no previous drama experience is required.

Members will also partake in arts award qualifications which will formally recognise their participation and development.

A bursary scheme has also been created to support young people from low income families who wish to take part.

It will be directed by the MAC's Youth & Community Officer, Ciaran McQuillan and supported by MAC artists including Leonie McDonagh, founder of pony dance and known for previous appearances in the MAC pony panto Christmas show.

They will support the MAC Youth Theatre in creating an innovative, contemporary show that demonstrates the MAC's artistic excellence and exposes participants to all aspects of creating and managing a major production.

Simon Magill, Creative Director at the MAC, said the centre was continuously seeking opportunities to reach out to young people and communities to engage and involve them in the arts.

"In keeping with our artistic vision at the MAC, we not only pursue the best in touring and home-grown theatre, but actively promote collaboration and support the development of MAC original programming," he said.

"We're really excited to launch MAC Youth Theatre and support the efforts of the ensemble throughout the year leading to their final major production."

Opening auditions for the 2017/18 term will take place from August 22-24 through a series of group workshops. Rehearsals for successful applicants will launch in September.

Leonie McDonagh said she would be teaching dance technique and movement vocabulary for the stage.

"This is such a great opportunity for young people with any interest in theatre to get involved and learn in a creative environment like the MAC," she said.

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