TYT 2024 presents The Weasel Trap

Limerick Youth Theatre’s Transition Year Theatre company proudly presents The Weasel Trap written and directed by John Hogan. The play follows a group of entrepreneurs who are looking to make a quick buck from bootlegging during the height of the prohibition, the law are trying to clamp down on the underground speakeasies that have sprung up around the city and the regular folk are just trying to make their way in the world without getting caught in the middle! Working with 21 transition year students from schools in Limerick city and county, the play will be staged by the Transition Year Theatre (TYT) Company at Belltable on 27 & 28 February 2024. The TYT Company is being supported by three undergraduates, Chloe Daly and Nhandla Banda from MIC’s BA in Contemporary & Applied Theatre Studies and Elliemae Barrie from UL. They will lend their expertise to the production.

John Hogan, writer and director of The Weasel Trap says;One of the challenges of the Transition Year Theatre programme is finding a play with anywhere from 15-30 characters so that each member of the cast gets the chance to show off what they are able to do. Ensemble plays are the best approach to solve this and so The Weasel Trap was created. Creating the different factions within the play made it possible to add as many characters as needed while also keeping an overall narrative to the play. ‘

Angie Smalis, Artistic Director of LYT further commented; ‘We are thrilled that we can offer TY students, from 9 different schools, the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on work experience at Limerick Youth Theatre. This really does give students an insight into how a theatre company is run and the work involved in staging a show at a professional venue. The last few years have been challenging for the performing arts and it is wonderful to be able to continue to maintain a high level of engagement through theatre making. The play is funny and is going to make you laugh and we know it’s going to be a great night out for students, family and friends.’

Limerick Youth Theatre is delighted to be able to run its Transition Year Theatre Company thanks to the generous support from Limerick City and County Council through its Economic Social Intervention Fund and Limerick & Clare Education Training Board.

Shows: Tuesday 27 February @ 19.30, Wednesday 28 February @ 11.00 (2 shows in total)

Ticket: €10

School bookings and under 18s: €5

Tickets: 061 953 400 or www.limetreetheatre.ie

Transition Youth Theatre (TYT) is a special outreach programme offered to transition year students by Limerick Youth Theatre. The programme gives students interested in all aspects of theatre, a chance to stage their own production with a professional crew in an established venue in Limerick city.

Limerick Youth Theatre (LYT) is a company of young performers, dancers, writers to provide opportunities for young people from all backgrounds to cross social/cultural divides through youth drama experiences. It runs a two-year training course in theatre and performing arts.