One-man play chosen for trade fair
A one-man play created to entertain Irish children has been selected for a prestigious international event.
The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly will be performed in the United States during a four day showcase of the best of work for young audiences.
Actor Louis Lovett plays a dozen different characters during the play, which follows a young girl on an epic adventure as she attempts to rescue her parents and everyone in her city from disaster.
The piece is among 20 productions chosen from around the world by a panel of judges to be showcased at IPAY - International Performing Arts for Youth - in Texas next week.
Lovett said he felt an amazing sense of achievement to perform at a theatrical trade fair in front of agents who might take the show across North America and Canada.
"To have an Irish show shoulder to shoulder with the most prestigious theatre companies for young audiences has a great feeling of flying the flag for Ireland," he added.
Written by Finegan Kruckemeyer, The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly is co-produced by The Ark cultural centre and Theatre Lovett, where the actor is an artistic director.
Lovett has performed in several theatrical productions, including B for Baby in The Abbey, while his television, film and radio work includes Killinascully, The Tudor and Showbands.
But he admitted playing 12 characters - and keeping his family audience engaged - is not easy.
"It really does require experience. I have 16 years experience performing for children as well as working on the main stage," he added.