The enthusiastic and talented members of the County Sligo Youth Theatre summer programme have been investigating the lesser known stories, myths and legends which have contributed to making Sligo the town it is today.
As part of the Sligo 400 celebrations, this intrepid group set about exploring the vibrant and lesser known history of the town. Director, Niamh Devaney explains “ We have taken a long look at events like the cholera epidemic of the 1800′s , which devastated the town, claiming many lives but also inspired the Bram Stoker Dracula stories and led us to the courageous story of Dr Little, who died while treating victims of the outbreak. So, we are looking at the rich tapestry of human happenings, good and bad, which determine history and make a place what it is.” The young people have been fascinated by the wealth of knowledge imparted during the free walking tours of Sligo with Art McLoughlin and the living history imparted by Michael Robertson, of Sligo Myth and Legend. “We learned about Thomas Corcoran, who ran linen mills in the town and stole stones from the famous Sligo Abbey to extend his property. That is really nasty” said youth theatre member , Milo Cummins,
Inspired by their new found knowledge, they will host a presentation of their journey through local history. Borough Boundaries is a unique interpretation of stories and events which mark the passage of Sligo from the distant past to the present. Celebrating Sligo’s artistic achievements through Yeats and others, with an acknowledgement of the corruption, death and the eternal hope which make up the fabric of life of the town, both past and future. The performance will take place at the Fridge Performance space on Friday 10th August at 6pm. Admission is free.
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