costume design by
and Jeanine Storan
This play was a devised collaboration that brought together
Scottish director Scott Johnston, Waterford writer Jim Daly and
43 senior Members of WYD.
the programme, Jim wrote: 'Scott and I began to notice the ubiquity
of the word stuff in the lexicon of the young. It seemed
to have many meanings...
of that, an idea grew which became The Land of Stuff.
It became a mysterious head space where childhood is left behind.
But this Land could be revisited when life problems became intense.
Problems in relationships between boys and girls, between mothers
and daughters, exam pressure, the journey from the end of schooldays
into the world, etc.
the Land of Stuff, young adults could find all their half-forgotten
special toys. Toys to which they had confided so much when they
were young, toys that knew all their secret desires and wishes.
There too they would find that special blanket which always
ROW LEFT TO RIGHT: Cathy Hanrahan, Conor Nolan (Waterford Corporation
Arts Officer), Scott Johnston, Caroline Senior (Garter Lane Arts Centre)
and Mark Fitzgerald (Bausch and Lomb Ireland Ltd)
is the artistic director of the West Lothian Youth Theatre, the
largest locally-based youth theatre in the UK. He has directed
and devised shows in America, Romania, Moldova, Hungary, South
Africa and the UK. His company scottworks runs workshop training
programmes for organisations in the voluntary, statutory and business
specialises in the work of Augusto Boal and the theatre of the
oppressed. He also co-writes and directs for the popular Scottish
stand-up comedian Bob Doolally.
was WYD's sixth Summer Project. The Summer Project is produced in association
with Waterford Corporation and Garter Lane Arts Centre and has the central
aim of giving young people the opportunity of working with professional