Diversity drama brings a powerful message

Larne’s Centrepoint Café was the venue for the inaugural performance of ‘Diversity’, a short drama written and performed by a group of young people from Roddensvale Day Opportunities Programme and Larne YMCA who came together for the first time to work on this new project.

The drama focussed on how people view difference and the challenges that brings to everyday life in school, at home or socially.

Husband and wife team Brian and Nicole of Dramability provided the coaching and support for the young people the majority of whom were treading the boards for the first time.

Larne YMCA Board member Robert Alexander commented: “it was great to see these young people with different skills and capabilities working together to put forward such a powerful message to us all. We were reminded very powerfully about the challenges and opportunities that come with living in a diverse society and how we regard and treat each other – truly a lesson for us all.

“It is also fantastic to see three local groups working together and we applaud those staff and volunteers who have worked to make this happen – well done!” Mr Alexander said.

Larne Mayor Gerardine Mulvenna congratulated the young people on a moving performance and said that she hoped this would be the first of many such joint projects between the groups.

This project received financial support from Larne Borough Council’s Community Relations Grant Programme with staff support from the Y Health Hub - the participating groups gratefully acknowledge this vital support.