It’s incredible, isn’t it? How time flies? It’s already nearly the middle of June! As usual, we’re busy bees here in the office! Our annual Leading On… training is just two days away and the National Festival of Youth Theatres is peeking around the corner! Next up after that, of course, is the world premiere in August of Dylan Coburn Gray’s Ask Too Much of Me, this year’s National Youth Theatre production on the Peacock stage of the Abbey Theatre. we already have lots planned, too, for the autumn. Take a peek below to find out absolutely everything including what your YT colleagues have been up to since the last issue of Intermission!
Youth Theatre Ireland is thrilled to announce that Áine Caulfield is the first recipient of the Siobhan Coffey Memorial Bursary; the award covers a full residential place at our upcoming Leading On… training event.
Áine started out as an assistant in Mountmellick Youth Theatre in 2004 and went on to study Drama Facilitation with Artstrain. Áine served as Stage Manager of two National Youth Theatre productions, The Caucasian Chalk Circle (2007) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2008). In 2007, she became Youth Theatre co-ordinator for Portlaoise and Rathdowney Youth Theatres where she worked for many years. She relocated to Galway and worked in Druid Theatre for 5 years. She is now looking forward to getting back into youth theatre work.
Eoghan Doyle, Youth Theatre Ireland’s Acting Director, commented: “We are delighted that Áine will be the first recipient of the Siobhan Coffey Memorial Bursary Award. We feel this is a wonderful way to remember Siobhan and also support the artistic development of leaders like Áine in the Youth Theatre Network.”
Louise Holian, Youth Theatre Ireland’s Child Protection & Welfare Officer, will lead a series of one-day Child Protection Awareness training workshops. This training will provide the tools and guidance for good practice in safeguarding for the youth work sector with an emphasis on youth theatre/youth arts settings. Keep an eye out here and on our webiste for the exact times and locations, whic will be announced later this year.
***Laying the Foundations: 3-day Masterclass***
Following on from the success of our 3-day Laying the Foundations training earlier in the year, we will be running this opportunity again in September 2019. Booking for this course will open in mid-July. For further information, including dates and location, please contact Dave Kelly, National Training Co-Ordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
***2-day Youth Theatre Symposium***
On 22 and 23 November, Youth Theatre Ireland, in collaboration with University College Cork and Theatre NI, will host a Symposium celebrating Youth Theatre practice. This 2-day event will combine our annual Symposium programme with our annual Playshare celebration. We hope you’ll join us at University College Cork for this exciting opportunity that will include presentations and workshops on Youth Theatre Practice and networking opportunities for practitioners, and that will bring together a number of Youth Theatre Ireland projects including the launch of CentreStage+20, Playshare 2019, and our annual Youth Theatre Ireland Magazine.
It will definitely be one of the highlights of the Youth Theatre calendar and not to be missed. Further details on the Youth Theatre Symposium will be announced in September.
Are you an NYT alum? Put Friday, 23 August, into your diary as we celebrate 35 years of the National Youth Theatre with a very special performance of Dylan Coburn Gray’s Ask Too Much of Me directed by Veronica Coburn. We’re absolutely thrilled to see NYT come full circle as the show is written and directed by two NYT Alumni. Dylan was in our 2009 production of The Seagull (2009), and Veronica was in the second-ever NYT production, Our Town, in 1984.
We’re dedicating the performance on Friday, 23 August, to all our National Youth Theatre Alumni by offering a limited number of €20 tickets for that performance only. We want to encourage Alumni to come to that performance, have a drink, catch up and reminisce about the good times of NYT’s past.
The show starts at 8pm, and we will be receiving guests from 7.15pm. You can have a drink in the Peacock Bar before the show and have a proper catch up after the show. You’ll find more about the play here. To book your ticket, call the Abbey Theatre Box Office on (01) 87 87 222. Make sure to give the Promo Code “I Was in NYT” when you are booking your tickets to get the discounted price of €20 per ticket. We’ve a limited number of these and they are available on a first come, first served basis.
Youth Theatre Membership Renewals DUE
There are a few outstanding youth theatres that have not renewed their 2019 memberships. Don’t forget: you need to renew to participate in our programmes. All affiliated youth theatres have already received their renewal packs. If you have not already done so, please send on the following immediately to renew your youth theatre’s affiliation for 2019:
A copy of your most recent Child Safeguarding Policy
The Charities Regulator has launched a Charities Governance Code which explains the minimum standards you should meet to effectively manage and control your charity.
The Charities Governance Code is:
six principles of governance which all charities should apply;
core standards that they expect all charities to meet when putting the principles into action;
and additional standards that reflect best practice for charities with high levels of income and/or complex organisational and funding structures and/or significant numbers of employees.
You comply with the Code by deciding:
what actions you will take to meet each core standard;
and what evidence you will keep to show that you have met the standard.
Key dates relating to the Code
2019 – will be a year of learning and preparation for charities.
2020 – will be the first year that registered charities are expected to comply with the Code.
2021 – will be the first year that registered charities are expected to report on their compliance with the Code.
Later in 2019, Youth Theatre Ireland will bring together a working group for youth theatres that are registered charities to provide training, templates and support with the process of complying with the new Governance Code. If you are interested in getting involved, or have any immediate questions, please contact Rhona at email@example.com .
Activate Youth Theatre’s Almost Forgotten was performed on 10, 11, and 12 May, at Graffiti’s Fitzgibbon Theatre in Cork. This world premiere was written by Kel Menton, 19, a former youth theatre member, and was designed by the cast under the mentorship of a brilliant creative crew thanks to the Arts Council’s Young Ensemble Scheme. Kel tells us that Almost Forgotten “is a play about stories, and what happens when stories start to fade from people’s memories….[It] has unlikely friendships, love and courage, and, most of all, it has hope. It’s not happy in a straightforward way, but enough characters make it through to make sure the stories live on – maybe not in exactly the same way, but they’re there.” Congratulations to Kel and all at Activate Youth Theatre.
Activate YT is also taking part in the Cork Midsummer Festival! Holiday Inn will be performed by Olwyn Patterson, Ivan Dowd McIlroy and Lily Woodhouse, alongside professional actor Eadaoin O Donoghue. The play, written by Activate YT member Cillian Sheehan and directed by Graffiti’s Niall Cleary, will be staged from 13-16 June, at the Maldron Hotel, South Mall, Cork.
Activate YT member Ellie O’Connell is also writing a play that will be presented as part of the Young Playwrights Programme – a partnership between Fighting Words, Graffiti and Everyman Cork– to be performed at the Everyman on 21 June as part of Cork Midsummer Festival.
Laois Youth Theatre & Mountrath Youth Theatres teamed up to devise and present their end of year show, Only Us, on 17 May at the Dunamaise Arts Centre. Both groups were facilitated and directed by Louise White to devise this new show from William Golding’s 1950s book, Lord of the Flies, that investigates our human nature. Members of both YTs created a work that was true to their own interests and performance capabilities. They learned about the fun and the formal aspects of creating their own show, about taking responsibility as part of a collective, and about the focus and commitment that is required to take part in full scale production. This performance helped them to grow in confidence in their own abilities. Putting on their own show is a crucial aspect of young people’s theatre; it is a very special time that empowers them to seek fulfillment in their ‘creative’ selves, to connect with new modes of expression and feel validated and proud to share their learning in public.
County Carlow Youth Theatre have wrapped up another exciting and innovative year of workshops. Their junior group worked hard with internationally acclaimed director Dina Abu Hamdan and will perform as part of the Sugartown spectacular, a performance piece commissioned by Carlow Arts Festival, which will take place on June 8. Their senior members are gearing up for an incredibly exciting theatre production, directed by Ursula McGinn and running in the GB Shaw theatre in VISUAL, from August 29th to 31st. This project was made possible through a Young Ensembles Scheme award from the Arts Council and the support of Carlow Arts Office. There will be an open workshop on June 29th at 10 am in VISUAL for any young performers aged 14 to 19 who might like to flex their artistic muscle this summer. Visit county Carloe YT’s FB page here.
This summer, from 17 to 26 June, PlayActing Youth Theatre offers “Making Documentary Theatre” in collaboration with Kildare Arts Service. This is a fabulous opportunity for participants aged 14+ to explore the practices inherrent in socially engaged theatre making with one of Ireland leading documentary theatre comapny, Talking Shop Ensemble. Talking Shop’s Aisling Byrne and Shaun Dunne will facilitate this fascinating summer course. Limited places are still available by calling Geraldine O’Brien at 087-261-8118. for more information, click here.
Complex YT premieres Dubs in which a group of young housing activists take over the house featured in John Houston’s iconic film, The Dead that was based on James Joyce’s short story. Their mission is to highlight the detrimental effects of Dublin’s growing housing crisis. The solidarity of the group is threatened as other interests emerge, pitting preservation against housing.
The arrival of a celebrity and a politician eager to cash in on the movement, and then the presence of a ghost, increase tensions. All this unnecessary attention has hindered the landlord’s plan to develop the site for a hotel or student accommodation and he will not stop until the property is returned to its rightful owner! For more information including how to book, click here.
Laois County Council is inviting tenders from a suitably qualified individual/organisation to support the development of Laois Youth Theatre, for the participation of young people in youth drama for one year, 2019/20, for two groups in Portlaoise catering for young people aged 12-18 and to establish a new group in the county, in 2020.
Closing date for receipt of proposals is Thursday, 13 June, before 4.30pm. Tenders received after this time will not be accepted. All of the necessary documents required for the complete tender must be returned, in duplicate and hard copy, in a sealed envelope marked “Tender for the delivery of Laois Youth Theatre 2019/2020 Programme”. Tender document available online at www.laois.ie.
Please submit proposals to:
Muireann Ni Chonaill, Arts Officer
Laois County Council
Áras an Chontae
Portlaoise, Co. Laois.
Phone: (057) 8664109
Dates | Location: 3-10 August 2019 | Slu?ákov, Horka nad Moravou, Olomouc, Czech Republic
Develop advanced communication, presentation and facilitation skills for youth work, with an experienced team combining approaches such as theatre, comedy, storytelling, psychology, sociology, education, music, social & creative community work.
Organized by: Vice Versa CZ (Youth NGO)
This activity is for participants from: Czech Republic, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Spain, United Kingdom
Application deadline: 30 June 2019.
See details here.
Carlow IFE is delighted to announce two new full-time Level 5 courses for Performing Arts and Production Arts starting in September 2019. They are both one-year practical courses offering lots of performance and production opportunities, and of course a big focus on audition and progression preparation. They are an ideal step-up to further study and work as a performer or in technical. for more information, please visit www.carlowIFET.ie.
Are you aged 14 to 19 years old and interested in any aspect of filmmaking? Join likeminded, creative young people at the Big Blue Cube, Gouldshill, Mallow, to make short films as part of this Cork County Council supported programme. The only charge is a €50 registration fee. Places are limited so please email your application NOW to ensure your place. For more information, visit their FB page here, call 0868139019, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Coca-Cola Thank You Fund, now in its ninth year, is the company’s way of supporting and giving back to some of Ireland and Northern Ireland’s most amazing youth-centric causes. Any Irish non-profit organisation aimed towards promoting healthy, active lifestyles and environmental leadership in young people can enter, with monetary prizes from a €100,000 total fund up for grabs. So how does it work? And how can you get involved? Click here for everything you need to know! Deadline is 12 July 2019.
Dublin Bus employees helped drive community spirit at the recent launch of the Dublin Bus Community Spirit Awards (CSAs). Thousands of community groups across Dublin work tirelessly all year to facilitate change and transformation in their local communities. Any voluntary and community group based in an area served by Dublin Bus is eligible to apply for a grant of €1,000, €2,000 or €5,000. Deadline: 12 July 2019. For more information, click here.
Through the Movement for Good awards, Ecclesiastical is giving £1m to charities. The £1m giving programme has two funding categories – £1,000 donations to 500 charities and £50,000 grants to 10 charities.
The £50,000 awards open on Monday 17 June. The awards are open to eligible charities registered in the UK and Republic of Ireland with an income of less than £5m, which support a cause that they know communities care about: the advancement of education and skills; citizenship or community development; arts, culture or heritage. For more information and to see whether your charity is eligible to apply, please see the terms and conditions.
It’s never too soon to start preparing your application. If you’d like to know when the online application form goes live, sign up for an email alert. You only have one chance to submit your application so to ensure you are in with a good chance of being shortlisted, be sure to read our application guide containing useful information about the assessment criteria and how each application will be scored.
Do you have a good idea for a youth arts project in your youth group but require the funding to work with an artist? Applications are now invited to support innovative partnerships involving artists in residence in youth work settings and/or youth groups in residence in arts settings commencing in September 2019. The scheme is managed by the National Youth Council of Ireland on behalf of the Arts Council and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. The Artist and Youth Work Residency scheme is designed to promote innovative partnerships between youth groups, artists and (where relevant) arts organisations. A residency may take the form of an artist in residence in a youth work setting and/or a youth group in residence in an arts setting.
YOUTH ARTS EXPLORER GRANT, €1,500: This grant is for projects, services and organisations who are beginning to explore introducing youth arts experiences to their youth work setting but are not yet sufficiently experienced/confident to develop or manage a larger scale residency project. The aim of the grant is to support an organisation to explore the introduction of arts practice to the youth service through a flexible approach.
ARTIST AND YOUTH WORK RESIDENCY GRANT, €5,000:The aim of the Artist and Youth Work Residency Grant is to promote innovative partnerships between youth groups, artists and (where relevant) arts organisations. A residency may take the form of an artist in residence in a youth work setting and/or a youth group in residence in an arts setting. This grant is intended to support residency programmes that have been jointly developed by the partners involved (i.e. the artist, youth group and any other key partner organisation) and that fully meet the criteria for the award.
ATOQ training course aim at increasing quality within youth exchanges. Based on previous exchanges, an international group of youth workers will focus on quality aspects and improve management competences in order to raise quality of future exchanges. For more information, please click here.
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.