Actor’s Swift rise to the top

Luke CasserlyPhoto by Shelley Corcoran
18-year-old Luke Casserly is currently rehearsing for a starring role in the National Youth Theatre’s (NYT) 2013 production, Gulliver’s Travels.

18-year-old Luke Casserly is currently rehearsing for a starring role in the National Youth Theatre’s (NYT) 2013 production, Gulliver’s Travels.

Luke, son of Con and Yvonne Casserly from Lanesboro, is one of only 16 young actors from around Ireland cast in Gulliver’s Travels.

Luke, who will play the part of Jonathan Swift in the NYT show, joined the local Backstage Theatre in secondary school, where he starred in many of the group’s productions. Having auditioned for the NYT 2 years ago, Luke decided to audition again in spring of this year, successfully fighting off competition from over 160 talented youths.

Now Luke, one of the many Longford students to receive their Leaving Certificate results on Wednesday, August 14, is currently rehearsing for the show, which begins with a week-long run in the Peacock Theatre, Dublin from August 26-31 before moving on to the Everyman Theatre in Cork for three nights. “It’s probably the biggest thing I’ve ever done” Luke says. “I’m really excited”. Luke is also grateful for all the help and support received. “I’m very thankful for everyone’s generous support and sponsorship” he says. “It’s really nice to know you have the support of your community behind you when doing something like NYT.”