This film is for record and documenting purposes only. The work was made for live public performance where actors are not mic'd unless speaking into the microphones at the sides. The camera is at the back of the theatre and does not pick up sound well.
In 2016 Crooked House received Young Ensemble Scheme support from the Arts Council Ireland to develop a project with its youth theatre (Kildare Youth Theatre). We also received support from the HSE National Lottery Grants to run 8 Wellbeing and Identity programmes with young people. This was one of those programmes.
The project explored the impact of migration in young people in Kildare. Using the metaphor of Shakespearian Venice, this new work tells stories of those left behind in the mass migration of the last decade, and throws some light on why the runaway Jessica says she is ‘never merry when I hear sweet music.’
Venetians is a collaboration between 13 young performers and theatre-maker Peter Hussey.
Young performers involved are: Caolán Dundon ('Jack'), Seán Dowse ('Mark'), Lauren Kelly ('Jessica'), Elliot Nolan ('Roderigo'), Lee Smith, Jerry Chikwe-Iwu, Aaz Ibrahim, Beatrice Montorfano, Filip Karda, Megan McSorley, Graham Butler-Breen (replacing an ill Allie Whelan at the last minute), and Seán Ó Brien.
It is part of Crooked House’s HSE funded ‘Wellbeing and Identity’ programme. Kildare Youth Theatre is supported by Kildare County Council and Kildare & Wicklow ETB.