Only messing: A radical approach to theatre

Only messing: A radical approach to theatre
Cathal McGuire: ‘Moop is about making ordinary things appear interesting’ Pic: Fergal Phillips

Dublin Fringe Festival’s Young Radicals strand puts the fun into theatre by creating playful experiences for children and teenagers

In 2015, director Cathal McGuire was working with a group of aspiring theatre-makers at Dublin Youth Theatre, devising a performance piece called Sirrious Funn.

“The young people wanted to explore the idea of fun for fun’s sake,” McGuire says. “Particularly when it comes to young people, the emphasis is always on things having a value ascribed to them; this idea that if we aren’t learning something or it isn’t tied to an academic model of learning,...

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