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    TAKING A break from the classics, Barnstorm’s Kilkenny Youth Theatre presents its inaugural piece of devised theatre There is Only Now with a cast of 23 young people aged 13 to 18.

    There is Only Now features characters everyone will recognise from their own school days; whether that was last week or 50 years ago.

    The lingo might have changed and the styles may be different, but the people remain the same.

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    Asked about the devising experience, cast-member Leteisha (aged 14) said devising for the production was a wonderful experience. I’ve learned a lot about how a character’s actions influence how the audience perceives him or her.”

    Fellow cast-member Gráinne (15) said: “It’s so easy to love every single character in this play. They’re easily identifiable with real people everyone has met in their lives.

    “Yet, they all have their own individual storylines that make them unique. I’ve really enjoyed watching the plot and the characters come to life.”

    This will be Tom’s (aged 14) first production with the Senior Youth Theatre. He said: “This show has been a lot of fun to make and act in. At the start there’s a happy and joyful mood, but then it takes a more serious turn. The way Anna directed the show was very smart and I know that she put a lot of work into it. The other members were great so my first year has been fun and exciting.”

    Anna Galligan, Barnstorm’s Outreach Officer and director of the play said devising was a terrifying process.

    “You start with nothing but an idea and then you have to work as a group to get it to production.

    “In this case, we started with the idea that, if we were to only listen to young people’s banter, we would think their lives very superficial, but there are whole lives being lived beneath the talk. I wondered if we could see if we could make a play that explored that.

    “Then we decided to would use the story plot ‘a stranger comes to town’, and how that affects our play’s characters.

    “Though he does not set out to change lives, the stranger’s presence alone changes many lives in the play.

    “The topics, story and characters are very much influenced by members of the group and, terrifying as it was waiting for a play to emerge, once again the Youth Theatre members have outdone themselves in terms of commitment and ideas.”

    The play runs from tomorrow, Thursday to Saturday at 8pm with a matinee on Saturday at 3pm, in The Barn, Church Lane, behind St Canice’s Cathedral.

    Tickets €12, €10 concession. Book at 056-7751266 or

    The play contains some strong language and deals with topics of interest to 13-18 year olds.