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The Creative Show presents Gulliver’s Travels 2016 The Creative Show presents Gulliver’s Travels 2016


The Creative Show presents Gulliver’s Travels 2016



The Creative Show presents Gulliver’s Travels 2016. Limerick Youth Service pictured above in the Town Hall with Limerick Mayor Cllr. Liam Galvin, photo I Love Limerick. 

Limerick Youth Theatre and the Daughters of Charity are hosting a launch of the Creative Show 2016 at Culture House, Pery Square on 12 February 2015 from 6-7pm. Mike Finn will officially launch the show and there will be performances from actors, dancers, singers and musicians from Limerick Youth Theatre, Daughters of Charity Services Limerick, Coláiste Nano Nagle, Laurel Hill Coláiste, Patterns Dance Collective and Music Generation Limerick.

The Creative Show is the brain child of Angie Smalis, Artistic Director of Limerick Youth Theatre and Donal Sherlock, Manager of Daughters of Charity Service, Limerick. It started six years when they sat down together and designed a project which would integrate members of the youth theatre and service users by creating a variety show. The plan was for both groups to work together over the course of ten weeks and stage a show at the Belltable.

The basic principle remains the same but the project has grown. The Creative Show now takes place at The Lime Tree Theatre where more service users and youth groups can participate and where more audience members can enjoy this artistic experience. This year the show involves, service users from the Daughters of Charity, members of Limerick Youth Theatre, dancers from Coláiste Nano Nagle and Patterns Dance Collective, the choir from Laurel Hill Coláiste, musicians from Music Generation (Limerick) and dancers from Limerick Youth Dance, Dance Limerick.

How it works
The show is written and directed by Myles Breen with movement pieces devised and choreographed by Angie Smalis and is performed by members of Limerick Youth Theatre, service users from the Daughters of Charity, featuring Laurel Hill Coláiste FCJ Choir, dancers from Coláiste Nano Nagle with Patterns Dance Collective, Limerick Youth Dance and musicians from Music Generation Limerick culminating in two performances at the Lime Tree Theatre.

The project takes place over the course of 10 weeks. It kicks off with an ‘audition day’ followed by 10 weeks of rehearsals. There are six groups in total which include: actors, dancers, choir, prop and set makers, music-makers and a technical crew. The performing groups are mixed so there are DOC service users across all five groups. Each group rehearse at least once a week for the length of the project in various locations in Limerick city, in two schools, Coláiste Nano Nagle and Laurel Hill Coláiste, the LYT studio, Dance Limerick and the Rendu Centre (the DOC’s home). As this project draws to a close all groups come together at the Lime Tree Theatre for the tech & dress rehearsals and finally the shows.

Myles Breen writes a new script each year, Angie Smalis, devises and choreographs the dance pieces, Orla Ahern from Laurel Hill Coláiste directs the choir and Peter Hanagan from Music Generation works with musicians. The project continues to grow in size and attract new partners each year. This year, we have introduced three new dance groups, TYs from Coláiste Nano Nagle, Patterns Dance Collective and Limerick Youth Dance. A set and  props making group has also been created led by two visual artists, Kate Hodmon and Martin Shannon from Limerick Youth Theatre.

The Creative Show presents Gulliver’s Travels 2016 at The Lime Tree Theatre on Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th March 2016 at 8pm.

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.