'PILGRIMAGE' GOES TO LONDON
On 13th July WYD performed its production of 'The Pilgimage' at the prestigious Olivier Theatre in London.
The Royal National Theatre in association with British Telecom made the invitation after assessing the production, which was staged as part of BT's BT National Connections programme. WYD was the only company from the Republic of Ireland to be chosen to appear in London.
In March WYD's production at Garter Lane Arts Centre received a glowing report from UK-based assessor Sheila Mander: 'From the moment the chorus exploded onto the acting area until the final curtain, I was gripped by this lively production. I was completely bowled over by the optimistic and humorous style they used to communicate the script.'
Before the cast left for London, Ollie Breslin of WYD said 'This is a much-coveted opportunity. The Olivier Theatre is a very prestigious venue. It will be a great experience for the group of young actors, a big challenge for them. The Olivier seats in excess of 1100. Director and cast are already working to translate the production for a venue that size.'
Meanwhile, the British Council and the Department of Foreign Affairs offered additional financial help. Despite pre-curtain jitters, the big performance went off smoothly and received an enthousiastic response from the London audience.