The Kilkenny CBS Transition Year drama group competed in the Briery Gap National TY Drama Festival in Macroom, County Cork on Saturday, March 3.
In a very tough competition, they finished fourth out of the 15 finalists - from an original entry of 49 schools.
The boys presented ‘Rabbit’ by David Foxton - a play set 10 years after a nuclear bomb has devastated the Earth. The group of 15 teenagers live a precarious life where they must look after themselves and try to survive. Their greatest fears are disease and “other ‘uns” – outsiders.
The leader of the teenagers is Mig, played by Chris Dunne with Kron his lieutenant (Adrian Kapczynski). A newcomer, Tark (Sean Moran), is brought to the group by Sin (John Curtin) and the entire existence of the group is changed. The group protects a disabled member, Tib, played by Liam Maher. It is Tib who kills the rabbit of the title.
The other roles were played by Richard Heffernan (Vid), Dylan Wall (San), John Downey (Tran), Jack White (Fash), Mario Fosca (Lob), Alex Broderick (Gray), Kenneth Doheny (Key), Ryan Butler (Ree) along with Danny Nolan and Dale Hickey.
Simon Bluett was in charge of lighting and sound and he did a superb job. The Technical Director of the Briery Gap said that he had been the best technician on the day.
The boys really enjoyed the day out to Macroom and gave a flawless presentation of their play. Great credit to them all for the commitment and dedication they showed over the rehearsal period. Their hard work certainly paid off.
The group now has plans afoot to present another play for the TY parents’ night in May.