David Manley Emerging Entrepreneur; Louis Lovett & Muireann Ahern, Theatre Lovett
Louise and Muireann’s business has been described as “the theatrical equivalent of going to bed on Christmas Eve” – that description won them a standing ovation from the judges earlier this year!
The husband and wife team run Theatre Lovett which offers ‘Theatre as Adventure’ for children and the young-at-heart!’
“We don’t buy into the pigtails and rosy cheeks brigade,” says Muireann. “Sharing a Theatre Lovett production empowers children and their adults to embrace life, with all its light and shadow. We show the dark colours of the rainbow and adults and children alike will Lovett! We just love music, physical theatre, clowning, absurd comedy and poignant tragedy.”
They are convinved that children and young audiences respond to and recognise the best when it is shared with them – without patronising, stereotyping or belittling their experience and innocence.
It’s very exciting times for Theatre Lovett right now – for the first time ever, this year’s Dublin Theatre Festival will feature a play for family audiences within its main programme – Theatre Lovett’s “The House that Jack Filled.” In 2013, Louise and Muireann will play Broadway as part of a 6 city tour of theUSwith “The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly.” They have recently returned fromLondonwith this production and in October this year will bring it to the Baboro International Arts Festival for Children in Galway followed by a 10 venue countrywide tour ofIreland.
The couple has ambitious plans to expand their actor training programme throughoutIrelandand internationally in the specialty that is children’s theatre. Lovett says, “It is critical that actors are upskilled to ensure that children and young audiences get the very best and more speciﬁcally, for the ‘Holy Grail’ of catering to young and old in the one audience.”
Dr. Chris Horn, Chair of the Judging Panel, said, “The judges were looking for passionate and invigorating entrepreneurs who impressed and excited us – people with the same qualities that made David Manley such an iconic person. We certainly found that energy in Louis and Muireann! All the finalists were special but they captivated the audience that was the judging panel!”