Kildare Youth Theatre tackles abortion issue

Kildare Youth Theatre at Crooked House in Newbridge will stage the premiere of a new play by Nancy Harris called ‘Journey to X’ at the Moat Theatre in Naas on Friday, March 16 at 7pm.

Kildare Youth Theatre at Crooked House in Newbridge will stage the premiere of a new play by Nancy Harris called ‘Journey to X’ at the Moat Theatre in Naas on Friday, March 16 at 7pm.

The production is part of the National Theatre of Britain’s annual Connections programme. It will be followed by a facilitated discussion forum about the issues raised in the play.

The play, written by Nancy Harris, has been described as a “timely look at the reality of abortion in Ireland, exploring the issue through the lives of a group of teenagers who decide to help their 15 year-old friend travel to London to have her pregnancy terminated”.

“It is a timely exploration of the issue from a young person’s point of view, as this is the 20th anniversary of the X case,” said director Peter Hussey, of Newbridge-based Crooked House.

“While I am the director he young members of KYT have taken on the roles of sound design, lighting design, stage management, costume design and construction, and filming.”

Kildare Youth Theatre has taken part in Connections since 2003, staging over 25 new plays since then. ‘Journey to X’ features a young ensemble of local 16 and 17 year olds.

“In October 2011, copies of the script were sent to parents so that they could read them with their son or daughter and discuss the idea of being in the play,” added Peter. “Parents then signed off on the project and rehearsals began. The group met once a week to develop the script into a production.