Aisteoirí Óga Charn Tóchair-Carn Tóchair youth to the fore in Drama
Aisteoirí Óga Charn Tóchair have scooped first place in the Ulster round of the prestigious Féile Scoildrámaíochta award in their first year of competing. The drama which was written by local man Diarmuid De Brún tells the story of two loyalist youths who become entangled with a group of Irish language activists before learning to both respect and enjoy the language and culture of the Gaels. The drama which has a hard hitting message regarding divided societies and also the lack of Irish Language Rights nearly 20 years after the Good Friday Agreement has been put on stage by a group of young Irish speakers ranging between 10 and 17 years old. Michael Óg McKenna one of the longer serving actors among them said “I really enjoyed the experience and loved conveying the lack of rights that still exists for young Irish speakers like myself in the 21st century”. Aisteoirí Óga Charn Tóchair will now take to the stage in Mullingar come April to compete with other youth groups for the All Ireland title.
Diarmuid De Brún writer and director praised the young actors “it’s a real pleasure to work with these young people particularly with the talent they have when it comes to drama, we set out at the beginning hoping to compete in the Derry round of this competition and ended up actually winning that stage before going on and doing the same with the Ulster competition which is really quite unbelievable considering this is our first year. Of course the competition was never our main goal we simply wanted to provide an opportunity for these young people to come together and use their language in a sociable surrounding and drama has proved to be the perfect vehicle for doing just that”
Aisteoirí Óga Charn Tóchair will now turn their attention to Mullingar and the stiff competition that awaits them there.