Launch of a theater company for adults with intellectual disabilities… – Donegal Daily

0Adults with intellectual disabilities living in Donegal could be the next stars of stage and screen, thanks to an award-winning local theater company heading to Letterkenny.

Stage Beyond Theater Company invites people aged 18 and over interested in theater to participate in its new weekly workshop at The Vestry, starting Wednesday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Stage Beyond is based at the Millennium Forum in Derry and brings together company members from across the North West region including Derry, Donegal and Tyrone. The company has staged numerous productions, working with some of the country’s most prominent theater directors.

Dee Conaghan, artistic director of Stage Beyond, explained that the theater company offers professional artistic training in various disciplines. “Our goals are to encourage self-esteem, sociability and life skills,” explained Dee, who has worked at the company for 20 years.

“We took part in the Foyle Film Festival last year with our first film production ‘Mind The Time’ and also recorded our award-winning ‘Hamlet, Prince of Derry’ remotely for RTE Radio One during the COVID-19 restrictions in 2020 , so even a global pandemic didn’t hold us back!

Stage Beyond Theater Company includes members from Derry, Donegal and Tyrone.

Adults with developmental disabilities living in County Donegal now have a unique opportunity to join Stage Beyond’s launch in Letterkenny to meet the demand for its services.

Dee said: “Stage Beyond is absolutely delighted to be able to take advantage of the facilities at The Vestry, which is a well-known popular center for local community activities in Letterkenny. We look forward to welcoming new participants to our drama workshop which will take place every Wednesday, starting April 20 from 10am to 1pm.

“Our workshops led by professional facilitators will provide weekly drama activities, performance skills and confidence building with the opportunity for members to make new friendships within the group and have fun, all of which are at the core of the Stage Beyond philosophy.”

Stage Beyond members who travel from Letterkenny, Ballybofey and Inishowen to attend the Millennium Forum on Mondays and Tuesdays, encourage adults with intellectual disabilities from their home countries to try the new workshop offered in Letterkenny after the Easter holidays .

Niamh Sheridan, Gary Quigley and Carol Glenn, members of Stage Beyond, pictured with Dee Conaghan (right), artistic director and, left to right, Karen Burnett, nursing aide, and Niamh McCarron, graduate drama intern.

Oisin Kelly from Ballybofey, was part of the Donegal cohort who played leading roles in productions such as ‘Hamlet, Prince of Derry’, which was commissioned by RTE Radio One for its Drama On One slot in July 2020. The play was produced remotely during COVID -19 restrictions and received rave reviews and won a prestigious New York Festival Critics Award.

Oisin said, “Being a member of Stage Beyond is one of the best things I’ve ever done. Joining this fantastic theater company offers a unique opportunity to get involved in acting and participate in exciting new productions in collaboration with professional producers and directors.

Letterkenny’s Gary Quigley also encouraged newcomers to The Vestry. “It’s great to see Stage Beyond racing now in Letterkenny as well as Derry. Those attending for the first time will hopefully be surprised at how much fun participating in a play can bring.

Stage Beyond’s Oisin Kelly as Hamlet and Isobel Sharkey as Ophelia.

Niamh Sheridan, also from Letterkenny, is delighted that new talent now has the opportunity to debut with Stage Beyond. Carol Glenn, another Quigley’s Point stalwart, also encouraged other theater enthusiasts to come forward. “I love making new friends and acting. Come try it out!”

Stage Beyond will be at The Vestry (St Conal site), Letterkenny, from Wednesday 20 April 2022, 10am-1pm (€15 per session). Spaces are limited, please register your interest as soon as possible by emailing [email protected]

Launch of a theater company for adults with intellectual disabilities in Letterkenny was last modified: April 10, 2022 by Rachel McLaughlin

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