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Interview: How To Live with Carlow Youth Theatre

Carlow Youth Theatre are bringing a brand new script from Eimear Cheasty to the GB Shaw Theatre in Carlow.

How To Live opens on Thursday 1 September for three nights to kick off a busy month at Visual Carlow.

What’s it all about?

Bethany and her friends are on a mission – to figure out How To Live. But is it easy as that? Does life really come with an instruction manual, and what happens if the people you trusted weren’t what you thought they were.

A play developed from conversations and workshops with the young people of Carlow, led by their own ideas and thoughts about trying to figure it all out, How To Live is a play that speaks of young people and to young people. It deals intimately with their own experiences, how they identify with their own culture, the challenges they face as young Irish people and what type of future they envision for themselves.

It will be the most ambitious project to date for CCYT, and a testament to the wealth of talent and ambition of the young people in the county. The youth theatre have engaged a dynamic artistic team led by noted director Liam Halligan to deliver this exciting new piece of theatre, and are thrilled to develop this project with support from the Arts Office of Carlow County Council, The Arts Council through the Young Ensembles Scheme and VISUAL.

I caught up with Eimear in person for a chat about the show, the development and how the young actors involved in County Carlow Youth Theatre managed the process.

You can pick up tickets here.

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Ken McGuire

Broadcaster and sports writer at KCLR96FM; digital media head with a production eye on theatre, film and video; lover of all things food and music. Currently working on his Brazilian jiu-jitsu game.

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