A group of Letterkenny students have tapped into their presentation skills to create a helpful video for all young people struggling during the Covid-19 emergency.
The transition year students of Loreto Secondary School and Saint Eunan’s College are currently working on a dynamic and progressive musical called ‘Romeo and Juliet+’.
But with the play postponed, the cast members decided to work together on an important video project. Created remotely as they stay at home, the students presented a collaborative video to inspire young people in crisis to seek help.
Many of Donegal’s youth services have closed their offices and centres, but youth workers are continuing their work online and on the phone. This video reminds teenagers that support is there if they need it:
The video message is in line with the original aim of the ‘Romeo and Juliet+’ play.
Teacher Ms Mary Bradley explains: “It tells the story of two groups of teenagers living in Letterkenny. It goes beyond the story of the “two star crossed lovers” and examines some of the issues facing young people.
“‘Romeo and Juliet’ is famous for its tragic ending but we divert from this path and in doing so we address mental health, alcohol, relationships, friendship, family and LGBTI+ matters. We aim to show how young people can be there for one another but also sign post to the youth support services available in our community such as Jigsaw, Breakout, Alcohol Forum, Women’s Centre and Strengthening Families Programme.
“The play addresses all these important issues but is also filled with humour, upbeat songs and dances to celebrate the joy and craic of the youth in Letterkenny.
“Our production was due to take to the An Grianan stage at the beginning of May. With our show we wanted to celebrate the youth of Letterkenny and inspire acceptance, hope and support. We have had to postpone the performance for the moment but the cast wanted to take this opportunity to pass on some valuable information.
“Many of the youth services that young people rely on have had to close their doors for a time, so the cast created a video message to tell young people how and where they can avail of these services from the safety of their own homes.”