As we move towards Easter and one of the busiest production periods in the youth theatre calendar, it is a challenging time for youth theatre leaders faced with navigating the developing public health situaton. To provide some support, in this months intermission you will find links to guidance on the Coronavirus outbreak. But its not all doom and gloom as there are still lots of training and events to look forward to as well as funding opportunities for future-plotting, including all strands of the Youth Theatre Support Scheme! So get applying, stay safe – and wash your hands!
For the benefit of our member youth theatres we have prepared some advice on dealing with the Coronavirus that can be downloaded from our website (click here). You will also want to keep abreast of the situation via the HSE (click here) and the Department of Education (click here). For the moment, the general advice is to continue as normal, but be cautious and encourage your YT members, leaders, facilitators to follow the Do’s and Don’ts that the HSE, and Department of Education outline in the links provided above.
Once again Youth Theatre Ireland is inviting young people from all across the country to join us on a journey of theatrical discovery and critical engagement. Young Critics is one of Youth Theatre Ireland’s longest-running and most innovative programmes. Over a six-month period, participants will see some incredible shows, make new friends, and learn about the art of theatre criticism. Click here for more information and to access application materials. Applications are due by 5pm on Thursday, 12 March.
The deadline for applications for the first BUZZ Network Leaders Lab in Dublin in June 2020 has been extended to Friday, 27 March. There are four places available for Irish youth theatre leaders. To apply to take part, visit Youth Theatre Arts Scotland’s website here. **Please note that Irish applicants must represent and be nominated by a youth theatre affiliated to Youth Theatre Ireland.**
LEADERS’ LAB 1: Professionalising Your Practice’
10-14 June 2020, hosted by Youth Theatre Ireland
The five-day lab is for emerging youth theatre leaders seeking to grow their skills and gain inspiration for developing youth theatre projects. The multi-national group of practitioners will work together to explore creative and project management skills and resources which are particularly relevant to contemporary youth theatre practice. The Lab will help emerging leaders develop their entrepreneurial spirit and capacity as skilled youth theatre practitioners. Each participant will come with an idea for a youth theatre project that they wish to develop further. Through a programme of workshops and presentations by experienced youth arts professionals, as well as peer-learning opportunities with fellow emerging leaders, participants will develop their project, and their professional leadership skills further.
For more detailed information including programme benefits, who will take part, and eligibility criteria, please visit our website here.
All five strands of our Youth Theatre Support Schemes are now open for applications from affiliated youth theatres that are in good standing and have renewed their 2020 membership by the time they submit their application.
The application deadline for the following two schemes is Thursday, 19 March 2020 at 12pm (noon):
Theatre Skills Training
Youth Theatre Partnership
The following three grants are offered on a rolling basis and applications are accepted until funds are exhausted:
Drama Facilitation Support
Go See YT
Please visit our website here for more information including guidelines and application forms.
Dundalk Youth Theatre will present Lucy Montague Moffatt’s Beetroot on Thursday & Friday, 19 & 20 March, at 8.00pm, at An Táin Arts Centre, Dundalk. Visit antain.ie or ring (0)42 933-2332 to book tickets. Over one fun-filled chaotic school day, sixteen young people search for the answers to the the questions: Who are we? Who do we pretend to be? How do our family, friends and everyone else see us? Everyone has secrets, but what if all those secrets were about to be revealed?
On 28 and 29 February at Riverbank Arts Centre, Kildare Youth Theatre presented Queen’s County, an hour-long work in progress devised by KYT’s Senior Ensemble, who worked in collaboration with theatre-maker Peter Hussey. The shows were followed by a discussion with the cast. Queen’s County draws inspiration from the first trialled plantations operated by the English crown in Ireland in the 16th century in counties Laois (which became became known as Queen’s County) and Offaly. This piece explores displacement and alienation through the lens of young people’s experience today, and includes episodes on commuting, rural isolation, strangeness and belonging, in one character’s surreal train journey through County Laois en route home from Electric Picnic. The performances werefunded by the Arts Council’s Young Ensembles’ Scheme, and forms part of a sequence of new work called The Act of Oblivion that explores the cultural colonisation of Ireland.
Bui Bolg Youth Arts was to take part once again in the annual National St. Patrick’s Festival Parade in Dublin with their aquatic themed street spectacle Treasures of the Deep. The members of the youth group devised their own choreography and had a lot of creative input in their characters under the guidance of their facilitators. They worked very hard throughout rehearsals and were ver much looking forward to bringing the festivities to life in the parade. Here’s hoping that they can remount the spectacle at a later date in 2020. We’ll keep you posted when we find out more.
Where were you while we were getting lost in time? Join Free Radicals Youth Theatre for their latest production LOST at Siamsa Tíre, Tralee, Co Kerry on 14 March 2020 at 7:30pm. Tickets are €10 and available by calling the Siamsa Tíre box office at 066-712-3055.
Barnstorm’s Kilkenny Youth Theatre presents XIV Fourteen devised by Sharon Cromwell and Droichead Youth Theatre. What do you get when you throw the ancient Roman Empire and telenovelas into a mixer? KYT’s production of XIV Fourteen, which KYT will present on 24 and 25 April at 2.30pm, at Kilkenny’s Watergate Theatre For more information, including booking information, please click here. Any youth theatres that are interested in attending as a group should contact Anna at email@example.com, and she will arrange a group booking.
Limerick Youth Theatre & The Daughters of Charity Service (Limerick) were to present their 10th Creative Show ShamStory, De Real History of Limerick at the Lime Tree Theatre on Thursday and Friday, 12 and 13 March at 8pm. We’ll let you know if and when it is rescheduled.
Carrigallen Youth Theatre has been very busy with the setting up of a voluntary committee to support the growing numbers of members attending youth theatre. Their two senior groups will stage two shows on 20 and 21 March at The Corn Mill Theatre in Carrigallen. One group will present Padraic McIntyre’s The Voice, directed by group member Fiachra McGrath, assisted by Maura Williamson/Aoife Tierney and the cast. The other group will present Til You Walk in My Shoes, devised by Carolann Farrelly, Heart Creative Arts, the group members, and assisted by Ellen Curran.
CYT’s two junior groups will also share the work created in their sessions for parents and family in Carrigallen Community Hall on Thursday, 19 March 6.00pm.
Dublin Dance Festival and Liz Roche Company invite you to become a member of the Creative Audiences group. Between March and May the group will meet for a series of creative events allowing for a deeper engagement with the work of Liz Roche Company and Dublin Dance Festival. Events will include workshops, talks, rehearsals and performances. This 3-month programme creates opportunities for discourse, as well as for responding creatively to the work of Liz Roche Company and DDF.
Applications are due by Monday 16 March. No previous dance or movement experience is required, though those with dance experience are welcome too! Click here for more information.
Join James Butler in April 2020 at the Irish Writers Center for his Teens Spring Writing Camp. It’s for young adults (14-17) who would like to begin writing or who want to develop a practice they have already started. Each participant will be able to avail of support, advice and feedback and enjoy the company of other young writers in a relaxed and creative setting. For more information, including booking information, please click here.
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES AND MORE
European Solidarity Corps Programme Workshops
The European Solidarity Corps Workshops are specifically targeted to 18-30 year olds, interested in developing solidarity projects that make a positive changes in their community/society. Projects can be around the environment, climate change, outdoors, mental health, physical health, LGBTQI+, drama, movement, sport etc. All you need is a minimum of 5 people between age 18 and 30 and a idea/passion for action and change! There is also funding for a coach who can be aged over 30! Leargas are hosting a workshop for young people aged 18-30 to explore possible project ideas and how to make an application for funding.
Two workshops take place, both on Saturdays 10am to 3pm to support groups to develop projects in the area of solidarity. The workshops are free but you need to register on the following links:
Thinking about applying for charitable status? The Charities Regulator published a guidance document for charitable organisations that work with children.
The Regulator worked closely with external experts in drafting these guidance documents which are intended to provide general information for relevant charitable organisations in relation to applications for registration. The Charities Regulator trusts charity trustees and aspiring charity trustees will find these guidance documents a great help in registering their organisation.
All charity trustees are urged to familiarise themselves with the material, not only those charities that provide great services for children and vulnerable adults.
As stated on page 3 of the document,which can be found here, the Charities Regulator is not the body responsible for matters relating to risk assessments or safety checks etc. Such queries should be directed to the appropriate State agency.
The Young Irish Film Makers’ annual screenwriting competition is aimed at finding short scripts that will be produced as part of their flagship summer programme, the National Youth Film & Animation School which takes place in August 2020. The competition is aimed at 16 to 25 year olds and looks to mentor young screenwriters in producing short film scripts that will be shot as part of the summer programme. Selected candidates will then be mentored with a series of scriptwriting workshops sessions by an industry professional screenwriter who will help them craft, shape and redraft their scripts for the big screen. For more information, click here. Deadline for submissions is Tuesday, 31 March 2020 at 5.00pm.
Bank of Ireland’s Begin Together Fund provides valuable investment for community initiatives that will make a real difference in towns and villages. BoI wants to get behind those trying to make the lives of others in their communities better by improving their financial, physical and mental wellbeing. Whatever your ideas, Bank of Ireland wants to help them to succeed. For more information, please click here.
The Arts Council has announced the 2020 closing dates for application to the Artist in the Community Scheme:
Round 1: Monday 30 March
Round 2: Monday 21 September
Bursary Award: Monday 9 November
The Arts Council offers awards through the Artist in the Community Scheme to enable artists and communities of place and/or interest to work together on projects. The Artist in the Community Scheme (AIC) is managed by Create. The scheme is open to artists from any of the following artform disciplines: architecture, circus, street art and spectacle, dance, film, literature (Irish and English language), music, opera, theatre, visual arts and traditional arts.
Visit the Artist in the Community Scheme section at www.create-ireland.ie for further details. For information on the Scheme and how to apply, click here or contact Create directly by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 01-473-6600.
The Collaboration Award is open to application by Professional and Emerging Artists who are members of ArtLinks. The aim of this new award is to encourage more collaboration between artists across the ArtLinks counties and support artists seeking to expand their practice and networks regionally. The award must involve collaboration between artists from two or more Artlinks counties in the development of new work, to be showcased in two or more ArtLinks counties. The total value of the award is €10,000. Please contact email@example.com if you require the guidelines and application form. Please note that ArtLinks has an extended deadline for the Collaboration Award of 30th March 2020 at 4pm.
Date | Location: Friday, 20 March 2020 | Scottish Youth Theatre, Glasgow Cost: From £45
Tickets to Youth Theatre Arts Scotland’s second National Convention of Youth Drama, otherwise known by its much cooler name #DramaCon2020, are now on sale! In partnership with host venue Scottish Youth Theatre, the Convention welcomes everyone who uses drama and theatre in their work with young people and promises an inspiring day of workshops, panel discussions, presentations, and networking opportunities. Read all about the awesome sessions they’ve got in store for you by clicking here then head over to Eventbrite to book your tickets here.
Founded in 1981, IETM is Europe’s first international cultural network. In 2020, YT leaders and facilitators might be interested in attending the sixth edition of IETM Campus. Organised in partnership with TheatreNI and Theatre Forum, it will be a week of intensive training in all aspects of international working. A group of experienced tutors, including Una Nic Eoin of Belfast’s PrimeCut Productions, will share their knowledge on various topics of working internationally such as developing artistic projects and ideas, curation, communication, presentation, community and audience work.This edition of IETM Campus will be preceded by the IETM Satellite Meeting in Galway from 13 to 16 June 2020 (more info here) and the All Ireland Performing Arts Conference (16-17 June 2020). IETM Campus participants will be encouraged to also join the Satellite and APAC. The deadline for applications is 20th February 2020. To apply or for more information, visit Theatre NI’s website here.
The 19th International Festival of Children’s Theater Banja Luka in Bosnia and Herzegovina will be held from 4 October to 9 October 2020. The Festival is organized by Children’s Theatre of the Republic of Srpska with the support of Ministry of Education and Culture and city of Banja Luka will welcome theaters for children from around the world. For more information and application materials, please call +387 51 232 838 email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Berlin Global Voluntary Internship Project (2018-2020) is a 3 year program. The main purpose is to enable students to engage in cultural diplomacy and in doing so, to further promote cultural diplomacy and multiculturalism worldwide.
The Berlin Global invites applications from individuals who are coming from the following fields:
Communication & Journalism
Film, Photography & Visual Art
Arts & Culture
International Relations & Politics
Marketing & Public Relations
Business & Economics
History & Philosophy
For more information including internship details, responsibilities, and to apply, click here.