Dats Limerick Citaay – Myles Breen, director and writer of ‘Dat’s Limerick Citaay’ pictured rehearsing with the cast. Picture: Dominik Kosicki
The Creative Show presents ‘Dats Limerick Citaay’
The Creative Show presents ‘Dats Limerick Citaay’, which is a variety and family-friendly production written by Marie Boylan and Myles Breen, who also directs the show. Movement pieces are choreographed by Angie Smalis and Jane Toal. The show is performed by Limerick Youth Theatre (LYT) members, The Daughters of Charity service users and features Laurel Hill Coláiste FCJ & Ardscoil Rís choirs and music with Peter Hanagan and Katie Fitzpatrick. Lumen Street Theatre will perform an original piece about Che Guevara’s 24 hours visit to Limerick, in 1979. This collaboration is in its ninth year and continues to involve LYT members, service users, choirs, dancers and musicians who rehearse together over the course of three months culminating in over hundred fifty participants performing at The Lime Tree Theatre.
This year’s Creative Show ‘Dats Limerick Citaay’ follows a bride and groom on their wedding day. She the bride from hell and he is double booked to referee the Munster v Leinster match and marry his bridezilla. Some of Limerick’s well-known faces save the day, Celia Holman Lee finds a new dress after a dove disaster and Willie O’Dea steps in as best man. In the meantime, a rugby match is played.
Writer and director, Myles Breen said; “The Creative Show is the theatrical highlight of my year. I am lucky to work with an amazing company made up of actors, dancers, choirs and musicians. A big thank you to our hard-working backstage crew in lighting, sound, set, projections and costume design. Special thanks to our friends and family for helping with lines, chauffeur duties and encouragement. Over the past nine years, we have been in space, fairy tale land and all around the world. This year, The Creative Show is coming home and we hope you enjoy a day in the life of Limerick City. We have tried to cram in all that is unique to our home as well as the wit and spirit of its people, because ‘Dats Limerick Citaay!”
Writer Marie Boylan said; “This year’s show is something very special, it’s a tribute to our wonderful city and Limerick audience will appreciate the humour and in-jokes. You can expect some cheesy one-liners and hilarious moments, my favourite being: the hinted love story between one of Limerick’s leading moustachioed politician and Limerick’s top model agent and fashion icon. I love working with Myles and Limerick Youth Theatre members are very supportive and helpful with the Daughters of Charity service users. I would encourage all of Limerick to come out and support this production, you’re in for a treat… or should I say treaty!”
Angie Smalis, Artistic Director of LYT says; “The Creative Show has become the highlight of LYT’s yearly programming. I am privileged to be able to co-produce this innovative project and be part of the creative process by designing some of its dance elements. It is a hands-on process and we all learn from each other. The professional teams been focusing on creating and presenting their artistic work and have been extremely generous sharing their knowledge, expertise and resources. ‘Dats Limerick Citaay’ is my ninth reason of why I chose a career in the performing arts, it challenges and teaches all involved to be patient, understanding, inclusive and respectful of people’s abilities and needs. Also, it is a tribute to my adoptive city and to its people!”
Donal Sherlock, Manager of Daughters of Charity Service, TEES added; “each year The Creative Show goes from strength to strength with increased recognition and participation from the local community. The production team’s ongoing effort and commitment over months of rehearsals is heart-warming and greatly appreciated. The Creative Show’s success is a wonderful endorsement of all involved and recognition of the artistic ability of the cast and crew. The success of The Creative Show has surpassed my expectations. The show provides the nurturing environment which encourages personal growth, builds confidence and promotes each person’s unique talents in the performing arts. The commitment and involvement from all have further strengthened our creative family and promoted acceptance, tolerance, play, humour and laughter for all who participate. Now in our ninth year, our creative family continues to grow and incorporates Ardscoil Rís, Laurel Hill Coláiste FCJ and Lumen Street Theatre. I am privileged to be able to witness the personal growth of each individual involved, the lifelong friendships that are developed and the enhanced quality of life that results from being part of a family. The Creative Show is much more than a performance; it is an opportunity to belong.”
The Daughters of Charity (DOC) Service Limerick was the first to establish day services in Limerick City for adults with intellectual disabilities. The goal of each centre and in keeping with HSE New Directions is through a person-centred approach aid in supporting the holistic development of each individual. The overall aim of this collaboration is to develop sustainable networks and build links in the service user’s local community. The first strand of this collaboration was achieved by introducing service users to LYT members and creating an environment that nurtured inclusion through a rich tradition of theatre and its contemporary practices. The second strand was establishing a culture of working in tandem with like-minded people from all backgrounds, crossing social and cultural divides, sharing ideas, and build friendships. Limerick Youth Theatre is a company of young performers, dancers, writers, designers, directors, producers and film-makers, located in Limerick. LYT was set up in 1997 with a vision of providing a unique opportunity 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.
Lumen Street Theatre Company was established in 2016 to bring the street spectacle to Limerick city. Its aim is to engage with the community and public through workshops; performances and the creation of street theatre by working closing with existing ensembles, arts organisations and community groups.
Holistic education is the core principle of life in Ardscoil Rís where the highest of academic expectations are balanced with a broad co- and extra-curricular programme for our students. As befits a Christian Brothers’ school, under the trusteeship of the Edmund Rice Schools Trust (ERST), a strong Christian ethos is central to life here in Ardscoil Rís. We strive to have the values of the Edmund Rice tradition fully realised in our students, as they journey towards independence and finding their place in society as fully-rounded young men.
Laurel Hill Coláiste FCJ, formerly known as Laurel Hill Convent, is an Irish Roman Catholic secondary school for girls, situated in Limerick. The aim of our school is to co-operate with parents in fostering the full and balanced development of the girls entrusted to our care so that each one may realise and bring to fulfilment her own special talents and unique personality.
‘Dats Limerick Citaay’ showcases on March 14 and 15 at 8 pm in the Lime Tree Theatre. Book your tickets at the box office by calling 061 953 400. Tickets are €12/€10 concession. If you have further enquiries contact Deirdre Wilson or Angie Smalis by phoning 061 311100 or email [email protected]
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