It is an exciting time for Clonmel as youth theatre Stagecraft prepares to unveil the world premiere of a gritty, new play entitled Kidz, by British playwright and actor Alex Jones, who was commissioned by Stagecraft specifically to create this show.
Tackling weighty issues, including homophobia in schools, risky sexual relationships and bullying, Kidz takes an honest look at the exhausting rituals of growing up. It is painful, poignant, funny and sometimes tragic as a community of young people discover truths about each other that will change their lives forever.
â€œWeâ€™re kids, and kids can be cruel. Weâ€™re all competing so much we forget how much harm we do to each other; thereâ€™s all these rules about who you can be friends with and whoâ€™s cool and who isnâ€™t and how you dress and what music you like and if youâ€™re good at sports, and a million other things. Itâ€™s tough being a kid, but one day weâ€™ll wake up and weâ€™ll be older and maybe then we can start getting on with our lives. I hope so anyway, because Iâ€™ve pretty much given up trying to fit in - itâ€™s exhausting,â€ says one of the characters in the show.
Alex Jones writes for theatre, radio and film. Credits include the internationally acclaimed play Noise for Soho Theatre Company, also produced in LA, Chicago, Portugal and Italy. He has also worked for BBC, Channel 4, Pasadena Playhouse, Coventry Belgrade and companies in Chile, LA, Chicago, Portugal and Italy, as well as being shortlisted for a BAFTA nomination for Rhubarb And Roses
Artistic director Shane Dempsey said they were thrilled to commission and produce Kidz.
â€œIts a great honour to work with a playwright of Alexâ€™s experience and we are delighted that he was excited about writing for Stagecraft. Itâ€™s a wonderful opportunity for our young actors to work on a play thatâ€™s written specifically for them, itâ€™s not every day you get to be part a world premier. Kidz is one of the best plays Iâ€™ve read in years,â€ said Shane.
Kidz plays at The Hub, on 49 Albert Street, May 23-26, starting at 8pm. Tickets are available from Premier Music for just â‚¬10. There is a 14+ age guidance on this production.