It may be holiday time, but the YT sector is as busy as ever! We’ve got all the latest “newses” so read on to find out about our office holiday closure; the launch of the BUZZ Network, an exciting new European network for the Youth Theatre sector with loads of opportunities just for you; the launch of Centre Stage +20, Playshare 2020, and our 2019 Young Critics podcast; what you and your colleagues are doing around the island; and funding and training opportunities!
From all of us here at 7 North Great George’s Street, have a happy and healthy holiday season and a superfantabulous New Year!
Youth Theatre Ireland Holiday Office Hours
The Youth Theatre Ireland office will be closed from 1.00pm on Friday, 20 December, and will re-open at 10.00am on Monday, 6 January. We hope you have a wonderful holiday season!
We are thrilled to announce the launch of the BUZZ Network, which sees leading youth theatre organisations from Scotland, Ireland, Norway, Belgium and Germany joining forces to share knowledge, skills, contacts and resources across seas and borders to establish a new network for collaboration and development.
Youth Theatre Ireland will work alongside lead partner, Youth Theatre Arts Scotland, and prominent theatres Rogaland Teater (Norway), Theater Bremen (Germany), and BRONKS (Belgium) to advance youth theatre practice in these regions and across Europe.
Funded by the European Union’s Creative Europe programme, the BUZZ Network will deliver multinational training events for youth theatre practitioners, engaging over 100 professionals from around twenty European countries. Alongside this training, the BUZZ Network will undertake the first mapping research of youth theatre across Europe and launch a new website in 2021 to help increase awareness of cross-border opportunities for European youth theatre participants and professionals. For more information, visit Youth Theatre Arts Scotland’s website here.
Applications are now open for the first BUZZ Network Artists’ Lab in Brussels (April 2020). The deadline for applications is 31 January 2020. Seventeen Artists will attend the first multi-national Artist Lab in Belgium from ten different countries, including two selected from Ireland. 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.**
The Artists’ Labs are for professional theatre artists who create performance work with young people. Between 2020 and 2021, each Artists’ Lab will focus on a different topic in contemporary youth theatre practice.
ARTISTS LAB 1: ‘Co-creation and Empowering Young People’
20-25 April 2020, BRONKS – Brussels, Belgium
This 5-day programme will offer professional Youth Theatre Artists the chance to experience a range of Belgian artists and organisations who work with children and young people in a co-creative and participatory way. The Lab will run parallel with the preparation of the XL-festival in BRONKS, an urban performing arts festival organised by and for young people in Brussels, aged 12-21.
For more detailed information, please visit our website here.
Centre Stage +20 is the third major national study of youth theatre undertaken by Youth Theatre Ireland. It updates findings from Centre Stage (1998) and Centre Stage +10 (2009). Researched and written by Youth Theatre Ireland’s Research and Development Officer, Rhona Dunnett, the report examines youth theatre under the following headings:
Youth theatre structures, funding and resources;
Youth theatre practice and programming;
Youth theatre members and leaders;
Outcomes of participation in youth theatre
Thank you to all youth theatres, leaders, and members who participated in this research project. We look forward to working on behalf of you to address the recommendations of the report.
Following our spectacular launch of Playshare 2020 on the final day of the Youth Theatre Symposium, we are thrilled to announce that 15 new plays have been added to our Playshare resource, bringing the total number of plays available to 117. Find out more by clicking here!
If you didn’t manage to make it to the Young Critics Panel discussion at this year’s Dublin Theatre Festival, we’ve got you covered. You can catch up with all things critical by visiting the Young Critics Blog here to listen to the podcast.
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 .
It’s a busy time at GCC! They have participated in lots of exciting festivals and events over the past few weeks including:
At the Irish Youth Circus Gathering (8-10 November) members aged 12 to 14 shared skills, learned new techniques, performed in a public show, and made friends with circus schools around the Island of Ireland. Hosted by Cloughjordan Circus Project, 40 youngsters from 6 circus schools participated in a variety of activities – including a unicycle hockey game!
At the National Circus Festival Ireland (14-17 November) in Tralee, GCC hosted a Youth Circus Focus workshop looking at how we can create pathways for teachers to connect and share knowledge on teaching and logistics such as funding and insurance.
Galway Community Circus is running an Insurance Crisis Fundraiser through GoFundMe to help them cover the massive hike in their insurance costs. You can support GCC by clicking here.
GCC was awarded Best Creative Place in Ireland at the IPB Pride of Place Awards in Kilkenny on 30 November.
It’s been a busy few months for Act Out Youth Theatre. On top of their weekly workshops, AOYT:
had two members participate in Youth Theatre Ireland’s 2019 Young Critics Programme.
was involved in the Arrival of the Spirits Procession as part of the first-ever international Puca Festival on Halloween in Trim, Co Meath.
brought a group of members to Droichead Arts Centre in Drogheda to see Quintessence Theatre’s #MeToo Three Four, an original, devised show about the impact of the #MeToo movement on everyday lives in Ireland.
performed in the eCOMM Community Gala at Navan’s Solstice Arts Centre on 15 December, creating, writing and performing an original one-act play, Grandma’s Reindeer Games. The gala celebrated all the community/youth groups that are based out of the Solstice Arts Centre.
will expand in 2020, offering a new 12-week course in Dunshauglin at St. Patrick’s Hall. Facilitated by actor/director Mark O’Reilly, the course will begin on Monday, 13 January, and costs €80. Any young person in the Meath area of secondary school age can register, and anyone interested can try the first workshop for free. Places are limited so please express your interest as soon as possible by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Monday, December 16, Droichead Youth Theatre’s Teenbetweens took to the stage of Droichead Arts Centre for a fully improvised showcase hosted and live-directed by Darren Yorke of Grand Stretch. This show was supported by Creative Ireland Louth’s Community Grant Fund.
On 12 December, Making Waves Youth Theatre presented Ciarán Coogan’s Lost in Transit at the Whale Theatre in Greaystones. In this lively and engaging play, two contrasting and entertaining stories emerge as the young travellers and the audience explore the imaginative possibilities of a suitcase lost in transit.
CWYT presented Brainstorm, a new play about the teenage brain from 4 to 7 December. Created with cognitive neuroscientist Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore and drawing upon the life experiences of the cast, Brainstorm was a thrilling exploration of the most frustrating, chaotic and exhilarating changes that will ever happen to us.
Join James Butler next April 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.
On 20 December, join Smashing Times’ magical creative theatre workshop hosted by theatre artist Michael McCabe who uses fun, drama-based games and exercises to explore storytelling inspired by legends of the Great Birth from across Europe. For thousands of years, people from all cultures have told stories to make sense of the world around them. These stories are called myths. Myths are made-up, they tell fictional stories about ancient people’s beliefs and the Gods they worshipped. Come and hear some interesting myths and legends and make up your own! The workshop is sixty minutes, no prior experience is necessary and will take place from 4-5pm for over 18s and 5-6pm for under 18s. No prior experience of theatre is required. Requires booking and booking fee €10 per participant. Places limited to 15 per workshop. For more information and booking, click here.
Established by EIL Intercultural Learning in Cork, EIL’s Explore Fund programme has grown over the past two decades from a single cultural immersion programme in Japan, to over 30 awards worldwide. EIL Explore is for young people who have demonstrated or who believe they can demonstrate leadership potential and people who would not ordinarily be able to avail of travel opportunities for social or economic reasons. Most participants will volunteer, some will share Irish culture while learning the culture of their hosts and others will experience and learn about youth activism. The programme offers opportunites for applicants under 18 and over 18. For more information, click here.
Youth Theatre Ireland is a supporter of the work of BeLonG To Youth Services which completed Stand Up Awareness Week in November 2019. the Week is a time for schools to take a stand against anti-LGBTI+ bullying and create a safe space for all students to feel visible, valued, and included. They are asking second-level educators to complete a survey as they prepare for their work next year supporting LGBTI+ young people at school. The survey takes five minutes and can be accessed here and is anonymous and confidential.
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Theater by Nature is an international training seminar for the development of skills of workers and youth leaders in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, through the use of theater methodology and non-violent communication. Applications are due by 20 December, and you can find more information 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.