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Limerick Youth Theatre TYT 2024 presents The Weasel Trap at Belltable February 27 & 28



The Weasel Trap cast ensemble pictured above

The Weasel Trap offers TY students, from 9 different schools, the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on work experience at Limerick Youth Theatre

The Weasel Trap - Castmates Cas Nestor and Deirdre O'Brien
Castmates Cas Nestor and Deirdre O’Brien

Limerick Youth Theatre’s Transition Year Theatre company proudly presents The Weasel Trap written and directed by John Hogan, at the Belltable on February 27 and 28, 2024.

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 is 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.

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 said, “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 can 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.”

The Weasel Trap Castmates John Liston and Lorraine Saji
Castmates John Liston and Lorraine Saji

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.

The Weasel Trap

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

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