Limerick Youth Theatre 

LYT is a company of young performers, dancers, writers, designers, directors, producers and film-makers, located in the city of Limerick. LYT was set up in 1997 with a vision of providing a unique opportunity for young adults from all backgrounds to cross social/cultural divides through youth drama experiences. It runs a two-year training course in theatre and performance arts. LYT holds weekly workshops with artists and directors from October to June, and presents a full-length production in August after 5 weeks intensive rehearsals. Besides the summer production, LYT produces films, radio, plays, participates in festivals, collaborates with artistic groups across Limerick and places volunteers where possible.

About LYT’s involvement in the Autonomy Project

‘Chewing’ is a new short film written, produced and performed by Limerick Youth Theatre’s second year members as part of the Autonomy Project. Abby is a reclusive girl who has trouble making friends. She’s hoping that when she joins her local model United Nations things will change for her – if she can hold it together and manage to find her freedom from external control and influences. (All members involved have taken workshops, devised, scripted and will feature in the short film).

The film will be screened and two members will host an audience participatory session on one of the show dates where they will lead visitors to a post-it installation. Questions asked will be around Autonomy. Conversations and audience interaction with the actors will be encouraged. An added feature will be to create a visual representation of the themes we have been working since the start of the project.

Photo credit: Dominik Kosicki