11 January, 2021 // ,

Tenderfoot in Lockdown

January is very often a peaceful reprieve after the rush and roar of Christmas. Not so in The Civic where the first three weeks of the year is given over to Tenderfoot. Fifty transition year students ensure our year starts with a bang. Tenderfoot takes over the entire building as our young people work to produce, design and rehearse their freshly minted original plays. Tenderfoot, theatre by and for young people. All under the encouraging guidance of a team of professional mentors comprising playwrights, directors, designers, and stage managers.

This year, more than ever, we were determined that Tenderfoot would come to pass. The disruption of the last ten months has impacted hugely on our young people. No school. No state exams. None of the highlights usually associated with transition year, trips away, work experience, extra-curricular courses. Theatre is where we come to tell stories. And this year, more than ever, our young people have stories to tell.

We planned for all eventualities and on Monday, January 4th , we went live with the programme online.

6 mentors
– Veronica Coburn
– Sinéad Diskin
– Deirdre Dwyer
– Veronica Foo
– Davey Kelleher
– Gavin Kostick

6 online modules
– Devising Theatre
– Sound Design & Music Composition
– Set & Costume Design
– Lighting Design
– Acting for Theatre
– Contemporary Plays

17 participating schools
– Assumption Secondary School
– Blessington Community College
– Coláiste Bríde
– Coláiste Cois Life
– Coláiste de hÍde
– Collinstown Community College
– Deansrath Community College
– Holy Family Community School
– Kingswood Community College
– Lucan Community College
– Moyle Park College
– Old Bawn Community School
– Our Lady’s Secondary School
– St. Mark’s Community School
– St. Paul’s Secondary School
– Tallaght community School
– Templeogue College

70 participating young people
Culminating in the filming of design presentations and the performance programme.

Design Presentations
– Lighting Design
– Set &  Costume Design
– Sound Design & Music Composition

Performance Programme
– Always You by Abigail O’Neill/Tallaght Community School
– Colour by Kai Foley/Lucan Community College
– Covenant by Emma Brennan/Old Bawn Community College
– Lost by Sam Gorman Cooke/Templeogue College
– Secrets by Katelyn Hillary/Collinstown Community College
– Snow, a devised piece exploring life under lockdown created by the cast
– Still Life by Emily Aasen/Our Lady’s Secondary School

The adventure has well and truly begun.

Find out more about Tenderfoot HERE