Roscommon Arts Centre Resents RISK, Now thru Jan 31

By: Jan. 30, 2014
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The Roscommon Arts Centre has two new productions coming up: RISK and A Skull in Connemara.

Busy rehearsing for the last number of weeks, members of Roscommon County Youth Theatre ranging in age from 14 to 22 present one of their most challenging productions to date at Roscommon Arts Centre tonight, 30th and Friday 31st January, 8pm. Following on from the success of Shannonside Arts & Entertainment Award for The Railway Children by John E Nesbit, RCYT are back for their 14th year with 'RISK', a production to keep you on the edge of your seats.

Twenty members of Roscommon County Youth Theatre, school-goers from the county are putting on a production of 'Risk' by John Retallack at Roscommon Arts Centre under the direction of the Youth Theatre Director Catherine Simon. Some of the cast are youth theatre veterans having been involved in many previous productions whilst there are also new members in principal roles. Never previously performed in Ireland this play is very physical and dynamic and pushes the boundaries of conventional theatre, making us sit up & take heed. If you want to understand more about the psyche of how the teenage mind works this is a show you don't want to miss... Get to grips with what goes on in a young person's mind...go see 'RISK'.

Whether we're crossing the street on red or skydiving for kicks, we live in a world of calculated risk, walking the line between feeling alive and staying alive. For many young people, personal safety is simply not on their list. But how else can they discover their limits or find out who they are? Even if this means risking their freedom or their future... Told through a series of monologues, members of RCYT explore these questions and more through dance, text and narrative.

As adults, we're generally in control of the risks we take, but for those in transition from the protective shell of childhood to the independence of later teenage years, there's a complex network of risks to be recognised, understood and negotiated. As John Retallack's invigorating dance-theatre production articulates, young people are under constant pressure to resolve the tension between the safety-first caution of their parents and the nothing-ventured-nothing-gained recklessness of their peers. Performed by a team of young actors, 'RISK' addresses bullying, exclusion, underage drinking, vandalism and depression. If their homes or their schools do not stimulate them, many young people will naturally look elsewhere else can they discover their limits? How else can they find out who they are? 'RISK' asks why young people are drawn to danger; why they risk their freedom, their bodies, their minds and their futures.

Should you see it? Yes, of course; it's well worth the risk. Tickets priced at €12/€10 are available through the box office on 090 6625824 or online at

From the acclaimed writer and director of In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths, Martin McDonagh's 'A Skull in Connemara' comes to Roscommon Arts Centre on Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th February. Described as 'The Quentin Tarantino of the Stage' by critics, Martin McDonagh's plays including 'The Beauty Queen of Leenane' and 'The Cripple of Inishmaan' are firm favourites with Roscommon audiences. This play some to Roscommon as part of a nationwide tour and straight after a stint in the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin.

For one week each autumn, Mick Dowd is hired to disinter the bones in his local cemetery, making way for new arrivals. As the time approaches for him to dig up those of his late wife, strange rumours regarding his own involvement in her sudden death begin to resurface.

Part of 'The Leenane Trilogy', 'A Skull in Connemara' is one of McDonagh's funniest plays and with Decadent's inimitable depiction, this production will have you laughing out loud, squirming in your seats and possibly avoiding graveyards!

Tickets are priced at €18/€16 and can be purchased through Roscommon Arts Centre's box office on 090 6625824 or online at

Photo Credit: Roscommon Arts Centre


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