Barnstorm Kilkenny Youth Theatre performs KoHL, devised by Droichead Youth Theatre with Sharon Cromwell and written by Kilkenny Youth Theatre member Mary Whitty.
Mia Swan, who has been looking desperately for her beloved sister, turns to Max Cole, a private investigator. She admits ‘I can’t say I’ve had the world’s greatest family background’ and fears for her sister’s life. The Prohibition has been in situ, to Leon Antonelli’s greatest advantage, for seven years. He runs a ‘regular theatre’ with dancers and a show for his customers, but Julia Stone, a fearless news reporter, knows the real game. All she needs is evidence. As she goes undercover, the story of this underworld unfolds. We jump into the workings of Leon’s organization, kept company by the spirits of four dead dancers.
Mary Whitty, who plays Julia Stone, says. ‘She’s a strong character, with a lot of courage inside her, an extremely clever woman, to be able to throw herself into such dangerous waters. I feel as though Julia’s work is the most important thing to her, and exploiting Leon Antonelli’s Theatre, is what will make or break her future carrier as a news reporter.’
Kilkenny Youth Theatre takes a trip back in time, to when gangsters, illegal booze, and sprawls were in full swing. Following their foray into the unreal world of Gormenghast last year, Kilkenny Youth Theatre now take on a slice of real history, The Prohibition. In true Film Noir style it has the private eye, the femme fatale, the gangsters and the molls. Max Cole seeks out the truth, everyone else likes to lie. Leon runs a slick illegal booze operation, while the great and good of New York City try to unravel his plans. Who knows what can happen in dirty town?
With a cast of 15 young people based in Kilkenny, KoHL will spring to life with film noir style, panache and a dose of tongue-in-cheek.
KoHL will be performed at The Barn, Barnstorm Theatre Company, Church Lane from April 11 to 13 at 8pm. There will be a matinee on April 13 at 3pm. Admission is €10 and €8 concession. You can book tickets by calling 056 7751266 or by emailing anna@Barnstorm.ie.