Library leads way with public studio

A new audio and digital studio in the public sector was formally launched in Leixlip on Wednesday, March 9.

A new audio and digital studio in the public sector was formally launched in Leixlip on Wednesday, March 9.

Mayor of Kildare, Brendan Weld, opened Platform 4 at Kildare County Council’s Leixlip Community library.

Managed by the Council’s Arts Service, the key role for the studio is to offer high quality training and help in audio and digital media.

The launch was attened by members of the Ballytore based Griese Theatre Group, and the Leixlip Youth Premises Group.

Both these group produced radio plays based on 1950s science fiction themes. They are contained in a CD called “They Came from Another Dimension.”

Platform4 is not only a training project but its facilities are offered at subsidised rates to members of the public. This includes the use of the recording facilities and the service of an in house engineer, qualified in Pro Tools.

Council Arts Official, Eoghan Doyle, said a lot more people than expected turned up for the launch and some had used the studio already.

He said the project is for artists of all ages in Kildare. “We are open to developing new projects,” he said.

Mayor Weld welcomed young people and hoped they would use the studio. It was a credit to the those with the vision to create the studio was unique in Ireland, he said.

He also thanked local transition year students, Fintan Bray and John Anderson who were on hand, following a week’s work experience there, to show people the ropes.

Thanking County Librarian, Breda Gleeson, he said he hoped to see work from Kildare being produced there and paid tribute to Eoghan Doyle for his tremendous work.

Cllr. Michael Nolan, chairman of Kildare County Council’s Culture Strategic Policy Committee acknowledged the work of Ian Baker, director of the LYPG CD play, Knock Off, and Niamh Corcoran, Director of the Griese prodcution, The Veldt.

Ian re-wrote a published story for the LYPG production.

Ms. Corcoran said the Griese group, which numbers around a 100 members, had two plays in the Riverbank. It is travelling to compete in Belfast on 25/26 March with a prize of a trip abroad dangling in front of them.