Welcome to the August Intermission. It won’t be long until we hit the road for the National Youth Theatre Ensemble auditions. Make sure you don’t miss out on your opportunity to be part of the expanded NYT programme. We also announce a valuable cross-border training opportunity. We update you on some significant staff changes in Youth Theatre Ireland. There is all the very latest youth theatre news. In addition find out about current funding, sectoral and international opportunities.
Venue: The Garage Theatre Monaghan
Dates: 22 – 23 September
Youth Theatre Ireland and Theatre NI are delighted to be hosting this cross border training weekend for youth theatre leaders and practitioners from north and south of the border. The training will introduce participants to the facilitation methodologies included in Laying The Foundations, a practical youth drama manual that guides facilitators through a ten-week drama workshop programme for youth theatres. More.
Most of the audition workshops for the National Youth Theatre ensemble are now full. The Dublin auditions are booked out with only limited places left in Cork (08 September) and Sligo (25 August). Thank you to everyone who sent in their completed audition forms. We look forward to meeting you all! More.
Youth Theatre Ireland is seeking to recruit a General Manager to lead and deliver on the financial and administrative operations of the company. We are seeking an organised individual with excellent administrative, financial and communication skills and experience, to join our expert and committed team. More.
The position of General Manager becomes vacant as Katie Martin will be hanging up her youth theatre boots (or stepping out of the circle for a more apt youth drama metaphor) after 17 years of stellar work and a lifetime of commitment to youth theatre.
We are delighted to announce Eoghan Doyle will join Youth Theatre Ireland as Acting Director in mid-August. More.
An enormous thank you to everyone who contributed to a fantastic National Festival of Youth Theatres particularly the members and leaders of the 13 participating youth theatres who gave their all and made it such a joyous event. More
WYA have two events in August. The young members of the Circus Skills workshops will be putting on a performance piece called Weird, Wacky and Wonderful as part of the Spraoi International Street Arts Festival. Tickets are now on sale for Animal Farm; WYA’s summer project production. More.
Dublin Youth Theatre present Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, directed by Liam Halligan.Shakespeare’s most anarchic comic creation is brought vividly to life by a cast of twenty-one performers in this riotous contemporary staging, complete with original music and live band. Smock Alley Theatre, 14 – 18 August. More
PlayActing Youth Theatre have had an eventful summer! They presented MacBeth in June and raised funds for Médecins Sans Frontiéres Ireland. Eight members of the youth theatre will be participating in Film Workshops in August, courtesy of a Creative Ireland Award. More.
Droichead Youth Theatre are having their annual Bakesale and open mic fundraiser on August 25th in the Droichead Arts Centre, which will feature live performance, song and cake a-plenty! The group has just completed two drama summer camps. More.
Recent Youth Theatre Productions
Congratulations to Roscommon County Youth Theatre on their recent Members One Act Festival. The plays were written, directed and produced by members of the youth theatre. Sligo Youth Theatre were onstage recently too with Lir’s Children. The young actors travelled back through the mists of time to present the iconic and mystical Irish legend, The Children of Lir.
Kildare Youth Theatre presented The Act of Oblivion, With the support of the Arts Council’s Young Ensembles Scheme, KYT devised this experimental work that aims to express what it might be like for a post-colonial country to live with the colonisers
County Sligo Youth Theatre is seeking a dynamic and experienced Youth Theatre Director. The role involves facilitating a programme of drama/ theatre workshops, producing at least one annual production and the management of all youth theatre activities. More.
Deadline: 21 August
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 for the Artist and Youth Work Residency Scheme programme for projects commencing in September 2018. 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 by whom it is jointly funded. There are two strands to the artist and youth work residency scheme. Strand 1 – development; and Strand 2 – full residency. More.
This is a pilot initiative under the Creative Ireland Programme’s Creative Youth Plan. It will see cultural and creative resources expand creativity at a regional level, with a total of €300,000 being made available. Up to three Education and Training Boards (ETBs) will establish networks that foster real collaboration and information-sharing between local creative youth service providers. Deadline for Applications: 21 September 2018. More
The Certificate in Directing for Theatre is a practical course taught by Irish professional directors. It focuses on methods, tips and techniques, application of theory and practice. This course is for students aged 21 or over and is accredited at NQF Level 7. More.
Tools for youth exchanges: 27 October – 2 November 2018, Laugarvatn, Iceland
The overall aim of TYE – Tools for Youth Exchanges – is for youth leaders and youth workers to explore, share and adapt tools that can be used to improve their Youth Exchanges.Deadline: 15 August.More
APPETISER – An introduction on how to use the ‘Erasmus+ Youth in Action’ Programme for international youth work: 1-5 October 2018, Netherlands
Appetiser aims to give a strong positive first experience of international youth work and motivate participants to use Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme. Deadline: 19 August. More