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Stage debut for Crossmaglen teenager

A Crossmaglen teenager is set to make his stage debut this week in the An Tain Arts Centre in Dundalk.

Fifteen-year-old Pearse Traynor, from Cornonagh, will appear in a production of “Double Vision” by the Dundalk Youth Theatre this Thursday and Friday (27th and 28th July), in the Main Theatre at Dundalk Town Hall. The St. Coleman’s College student is an avid theatre buff with a flair for creative writing and a keen interest in drama.  As well as undertaking GCSEs in Drama and Theatre Studies, the budding actor and writer has also been accepted as a student of the Centre for Talented Youth Ireland, based in Dublin City University.

Pearse has been a member of the Dundalk Youth Theatre for just over a year and is one of its youngest members. This week’s play marks the first time the teenager has appeared in such a major production but the laid back youngster is taking it all in his stride.  

He and the rest of the group have been busy rehearsing over the last few months with Pearse taking on the task of playing two parts as well as providing the voice of “The Authority” for the second half of the play.  The 15 year old particularly enjoyed his time at Black Mountain Recording Studio in Jenkinstown where he recorded the voice of ‘The Authority’ which features in Act II.  As his first forray into a proper recording studio, the teenager says it was an experience to remember.

Now his entire family, consisting of his parents, 2 older sisters and 1 older brother, along with extended family members, are all looking forward to seeing the teenager take to the stage this Thursday.

The play represents two disparate views of 2020 Ireland – as imagined by young people. Scripted by Don McCamphill with artistic direction from Dundalk Youth Theatre’s Edwina Albrecht, “Double Vision”  starts out by showcasing the various visions for the future held by the young people in the play. The first vision of Ireland looks at the choices facing young people in the future.  Isaac has been offered his dream job in Japan and must choose between love and career. Sisters struggle to adapt to a new addition to their family and a student teacher‘s future is in the hands of one of his students.

In the second vision of Ireland in Act II, “The Authority” is now in control of lives, relationships and futures. Three stories look at the struggle to resist conformity – Issac risks everything to be with the girl he is forbidden to love. Brogue faces being excluded for showing kindness to a new friend, while Mike and Carl begin to question the truth of the world they live in.   

Performances of Double Vision kick off at 8pm in the Main Theatre of AnTain Arts Centre, Dundalk this Thursday 27th July, running for a second night on Friday 28th July at 8pm.  Tickets cost 10 euro and are available at