Welcome to the September Intermission. What a fantastic summer it was with a great National Festival and a very successful National Youth Theatre. Included in this edition is a run down of our busy Autumn programme including a Youth Theatre Practice Symposium and the Young Critics return to the Dublin Theatre Festival. Find out how to join our new Youth Board. Read the very latest news from youth theatres and current funding, international and other opportunities.
A huge thank you to all those who contributed to the success of the National Youth Theatre production of R.U.R. – Rossum’s Universal Robots. Congratulations to the magnificent cast, the Director Caitríona McLaughlin, the creative, production and welfare teams. Thank you to the many youth theatre groups who came to support the production. The run was completely sold out and reaction from audiences hugely positive. View More.
Youth Theatre Ireland is piloting a new model for including young voices in arts organisations. We already place young people at the centre of our programme and now, with the Youth Board, we are strengthening our commitment to youth leadership as well as developing a model that could be replicated in other arts organisations. We are seeking up to eight people aged between 18 and 25 to get involved at a strategic level with Youth Theatre Ireland. The deadline for expressions of interest is 29 September.Read More.
Youth Drama Ireland, our annual publication, has been telling the story of youth theatre in Ireland for nearly 20 years. In line with our re-brand, we are changing the name of the publication to Youth Theatre Ireland. Kate McCarthy and Dr. Una Kealy will edit this edition.
The Round-up section will document this year’s youth theatre activity across the country. Make sure your youth theatre is represented. The deadline for return of Round-up information is 21 September. Read more
Are your youth theatre members interested in speaking directly to their local TDs and Senators about the importance of youth theatre? The National Youth Council of Ireland has invited all members of the Oireachtas to attend the Youth Work Showcase and hear first-hand from young people in their area about youth work. We are seeking 4 youth theatres we can nominate to take part in this event. Contact us by Tuesday 12 September if your group is interested. Read more.
08 October Project Arts Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
The Young Critics are returning once again to the Dublin Theatre Festival. Get a different perspective on this year’s festival programme as youth theatre members from across Ireland share their critical response at a public discussion panel. Find Out More.
An important date for the diaries of all practitioners! Following the success of the Symposium event last year, the youth theatre sector will return to Limerick in November for a day-long symposium exploring aspects of youth theatre practice. Find Out More.
Welcome to Mister Sands Youth Theatre
We are delighted to welcome Mister Sands Youth Theatre (Bray, Co Wicklow) into membership and look forward to working with them over the coming years! Congratulations to all the leaders and members for their great work and enthusiasm during the affiliation process.
Backstage Youth Theatre present their second co-production with Backstage Theatre Canal Studio with DNA by Dennis Kelly, directed by Maisie Lee. This is a jet-black comedy where a group of teenagers try to get away with murder.
On stage at Backstage Theatre, Longford from 21 – 23 September. Special group rates available. More.
As part of the Imagine Arts Festival (19 – 29 October), WYA will create a new promenade story to scare all the young children of Waterford! Horribly Historical Trails will explore the city’s dark history and folk stories.
November will witness a brand new WYA initiative; The Lit Festival of Reading and Writing. It is Ireland’s first dedicated literature festival for teenagers run by teenagers. More
Sligo Youth Theatre in collaboration with circus performer, Alan Conlon are excited to invite you to a thrilling new production, Away with the Fairies! A lively show combining circus skills, masks and conventional theatre which will transport the audience to a fascinating, highly charged world of changelings and magic.
Join Griese Youth Theatre’s Ballitore Young Film Makers for Create your own Film! Tutored by Peter Kelly, participants will explore all aspects of film-making including scriptwriting, directing and acting. 31 October – 03 November. More.
The Arts Council have announced a round of the Festivals Investment Scheme (FIS) for festivals taking place in 2018. There are priorities listed for organisations working in the area of Young People, Children and Education in the scheme guidelines. Read the Guidelines for more information.
The Department for Children and Youth Affairs has announced a €4m Youth Club Capital Grant scheme which will be launched in late September. This grant is targeted at volunteer-led youth clubs, registered with their local ETB, so they can buy equipment which will support their work with young people. Find Out More.
The DM Thomas Foundation wants to support the most effective projects helping disadvantaged young people in the UK and Ireland. It accepts applications from registered charities on a quarterly basis and distributes approximately €200,000 each quarter. To view the priorities for this round and to find out how to apply, visit the foundation website.
Stand Up! Week tackles homophobic and transphobic bullying by increasing awareness, friendship and support for LGBT young people by other young people. Youth groups are encouraged to get involved. You can order a Stand Up Pack including posters and online resources. Youth leaders can also participate in awareness training. Read more.
17 – 19 November 2017, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh,
The Chrysalis Festival is a platform for ambitious performance by young theatre-makers. It showcases emerging talent, sparks critical debate and challenges perceptions of youth theatre. Tickets are now on sale. Find Out More.
Practicing Coaching and Mentoring training, 7-13 November 2017, Ommen, Netherlands
Practicing Coaching and Mentoring is designed with the aim of facilitating personal and professional growth for people who are involved or interested in coaching. This training is intended help improve participants’ abilities as coaches and a mentors. Deadline: 17 OctoberMore
Interested in Mentoring? Make sure you check out the new Youth Arts Mentoring Toolkitcreated by Youth Theatre Arts Scotland and Youth Theatre Ireland.
Graphic Harvesting Trainer Skills Workshop, 21-24 November 2017, Dublin, Ireland
This workshop aims to expand trainer toolkits with design thinking methodologies and to equip trainers with the skills to integrate the use of graphic facilitation and creativity in order to enhance their practice. Deadline: 29 September 2017 More.