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BORDERING REALITIES YOUTH ARTS PROGRAMME

Monaghan Youth Dance will present a newly devised dance piece on conflict and resolution

in a double feature with Kilnaleck Youth Drama Society’s original drama:

THE SECRETS OF MASENCA

Masenca is a small town in County Cavan: a town just like any other…

… except it has buried secrets…. literally!

When a small child makes a gruesome discovery while out playing, old ghosts and suppressed memories are disturbed. A group of teenagers who just want to get on with their own lives, find themselves embroiled in family and community conflicts that go back generations. What exactly happened 100 years ago that nobody wants to talk about? Why are there distressed angels hovering over the Masenca marshlands? Why does a wild-eyed soldier of Oliver Cromwell’s army drop by for the odd chat with a fearless old woman called Aggie who just wants to be left to drink her “nettle tay” in peace?

A political thriller; a ghost story; a gripping blend of comedy and tragedy!

Written and directed by Alice Lynch and Declan Gorman

based on improvisations by members of Kilnaleck Youth Drama Society

The play is presented in tandem with a newly-devised dance piece by Monaghan Youth Dance (choreographer Fiona Keenan-O’Brien), and incorporates music from composer Michael Rooney’s soon-to-be premiered Bordering Realities suite for the Music Generation Youth Orchestra.

These interlinked works have been informed by a centenary essay by Dr Brendan Scott, Historian-in-Residence at Cavan County Council.

The performing groups and facilitating artists met to share ideas, learn and workshop together, at a residential event in Clones Library in December 2022.

(Duration approx 2hrs plus interval)

· The Bordering Realities Programme was commissioned by Monaghan County Council and Cavan County Council, funded by The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under The Community Strand of the 2023 Decade of Centenaries Programme and Creative Ireland Programme 2023.

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