Seamstresses, carpenters, art enthusiasts, in fact, adults from all walks of life, were called on by Longford Arts Office this autumn to take part in an initiative to bring street theatre to Longford.
One of the most exciting, colourful and exuberant forms of public expression, the proposed street theatre group will add greatly to celebrations all around the county; from St Patrick’s Day and Easter parades to Halloween celebrations.
To gauge interest in the project, a series of public meetings were held throughout the county, with approximately 20 people expressing interest in this exciting venture.
“It was better than expected,” admitted co-organiser Shane Crossan. “We had nine people in Longford that night and a couple of people who couldn’t make it. There were three people in Ballymahon – all from Granard – and there were about five people in Lanesboro.”
Looking forward to a follow-up meeting, Shane was keen to stress that the group was not just for artists. Any adults who are interested in any aspect of street theatre, from performing arts, to costume and prop making, are more than welcome to get involved.
While the plan is to develop a long-term, sustainable group that will grow and develop as the years pass, the short-term goal is to have a presence at the upcoming Dead of Night parade in Longford town and Fright Fest in Ardagh.
“It’s probably the first county-wide initiative of its type for a long time,” Shane added.
Those still interested in signing up can do so by contacting Longford Arts Officer Fergus Kennedy on 086 8517595 or at firstname.lastname@example.org