In the end we were lucky.
The unfortunate Hawk’s Well Theatre, along with theatres all around the country had to shut its doors only three days after we took down our gear after what I must say was a very enjoyable couple of shows.
We had already started preparing for these shows in March when the pandemic hit, and I was determined they would take place. So it was great to see the class of 2020 get the sendoff they deserved, and as you can see from Nils (left) and Davey below, they made the most of it.
There are more brilliant pics of the night on the Teenage Theme Nights Facebook page (thanks Kris and Iga Manulak) and you can also follow us on Instagram if you wish to see brand new interviews and performance snippets as they come out each evening this week at 9pm.
Over half of last weekend’s performances are currently up on YouTube here, and the rest will be up by tomorrow evening (Friday). Thanks again to Kris and Iga and indeed to Sligo Credit Union for sponsoring these important mementos that the performers will have forever.
While it’s sad to see another great gang move on, it’s always nice to hear from the teenagers themselves and their parents about what the nights have done for them over the years. It’s funny, most of the things I hear are nothing to do with music but are hugely significant nonetheless – increased confidence, special friendships, great memories.
No sooner have we said goodbye to these guys however than we will start moving on the new year of teenage theme nights, and I have some exciting ideas on how it might work.
It’s impossible to know for sure at the moment, but I really hope that live performance will be a big part of what we do over the next 8 months or so. However one way or the other we will have an exciting educational and performance programme which will develop the skills of anyone involved on in many different aspects of being a musician.
I will launch this programme fully in the coming weeks, but for now I am looking for expressions of interest from anyone looking to be involved. It doesn’t matter if you were involved last year or not, but if you are in TY and up and would like to see what being part of this great musical community could do for you, just send me an email and let me know you’re interested.