March 2019 is in like a lion! We have another chock-a-block edition of Intermission for you this month. From our new LGBTI+ training to Centre Stage +20 to our special three-day Laying the Foundations workshop plus loads more, the Youth Theatre Ireland hive is buzzing with activity! So, too, are our members as the spring season kicks off with a bang! Read on, Macduff, to find out what’s going on in Youth Theatre Land!
National Youth Theatre welcomed to the Abbey Theatre’s Peacock Stage
Jen Coppinger (third from left), Abbey Theatre Producer and Chair of Youth Theatre Ireland’s Board of Directors, warmly welcomed the ensemble and creative team to the Peacock during their February residential with playwright Dylan Coburn Gray (fifth from right) and Artistic Director Veronica Coburn (centre). Supported by Creative Ireland and the Arts Council, Ask Too Much Of Me opens on August 21st and tickets are already available from The Abbey Theatre Box Office. Just click here! (Photo: Mark Stedman)
Don’t forget to complete your Youth Theatre Questionnaire by Friday, March 29th!
We are asking one key leader in each youth theatre to complete a final online questionnaire about how their group runs: its finances, structures and resources; its practice and programming; its membership; and junior leaders.
A lot of detailed information is required to complete the survey and that information may be held by more than one person in your youth theatre. You can download a pdf of the survey here in advance. You are advised to prepare the information first and then input the information in one sitting through the surveymonkey site.
Please contact Rhona (01 8781301 / firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions or if you will have any difficulty accessing the required information by March 29th. Visit our website here for full information.
On Saturday, March 2nd at The Garage Theatre in Monaghan, and Saturday March 9th at The LAB in Dublin (Dublin participants pictured above), we launched our LGBTI+ Capacity Building Training Workshops. This important training was funded by the Department and Children and Youth Affairs’s LGBTI+ Capacity Building Initiative for Service Providers for Young People Scheme and was led by Louise Holian, Youth Theatre Ireland’s Child Protection and Welfare Officer and playwright Colin Thornton. We hope these will be the first of many of these workshops we can offer all over the island.
Youth Theatre Ireland is delighted to offer a three-day Masterclass in Youth Drama Facilitation that will give an excellent grounding in the field. Participants will be introduced to the facilitation methodologies as outlined in Laying the Foundations: A guide to youth drama facilitation, a practical youth drama manual that guides facilitators through a ten-week drama workshop programme for youth theatre members. Your three-day training will include practical drama workshops, planning exercises, discussion, and feedback sessions. The process will help you interrogate Laying the Foundations from the facilitator’s perspective and gain an insight into how to best use the publication. All Masterclass participants will receive a free copy of Laying the Foundations (a €28 value).
Booking through Eventbrite is now open for our three-day Masterclass in Youth Drama Facilitation, which will be held from Monday, 29 April to Wednesday, 1 May in The Lab on Foley Street in Dublin. For more information, visit our website here. To book, register here on Eventbrite.
All strands of the Youth Theatre Support Scheme (Perform YT, Go See YT, Drama Facilitation Support, Youth Theatre Partnership, and Theatre Skills Training) are now open for applications. Important note: The Theatre Skills Training and Youth Theatre Partnership strands have a closing date of Wednesday, 20 March at 5.30pm. Applications for Drama Facilitation Support, Go See YT and Perform YT are accepted on an ongoing basis until funds are exhausted. YTSS was created to provide small amounts of financial assistance to member youth theatres to help them deliver their programme, and we are thrilled to deliver this programme again in 2019. Click here to read more about each strand and to find the application form.
We want *you* to join us in Kilkenny for the 2019 National Festival of Youth Theatres! That’s right! It’s that time of year again so mark Wednesday, 3 July, through Sunday, 7 July in your calendars. You can now submit your Expression of Interest until Friday, 22 March at 5.30pm. Click here for more information and application info!
PlayActing has two plays in rehearsal: their National Theatre Connections play Variations by Katie Hims directed by Colin Malone, and Girls Like That by Evan Placey directed by Miriam O’Brien. Both plays will be performed as a double bill in Straffan Community Hall, Straffan, Co. Kildare, on Monday March 18, at 3pm and 7pm.
Both plays will also be performed at the Kildare Festival in the Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, during the weekend of March 29-31. Variations will be staged on March 30 at 7pm and March 31 at 8pm. Girls Like That will be is on at 2pm on Sunday March 31. Ardclough, Explore, Greise and Kildare Youth Theatres will be performing at the Festival too.
On Friday March 15, PYT will advocate for an Arts Centre in Celbridge at the municipal meeting for Celbridge-Leixlip in Naas. They will present their short film outlining the need for such a facility and have footage of interviews with young people from Explore YT in Leixlip, Ardclough YT and PlayActing YT in Celbridge/Straffan, plus local schools. They also have support from community theatre groups in the area, and the project is sponsored by NYCI.
After performing some scenes from Lucy Montague-Moffatt’s new play, Beetroot, at the launch of Youth Theatre Ireland’s 2019 Playshare event in the Axis Theatre, Ballymun, Leitrim Youth Theatre’s Senior group members opted to stage this great play on March 15th and 16th. The play focuses on Zac, a teenager, on his first day in a new school as he tries to find where he fits in in this new class.
The Intermediate youth theatre group will present Liam Hallahan and Adam Stewart’s new play, Rewrite, on April 3rd and 4th. Devised by Prague Youth Theatre, the play focuses on a frustrated writer who is looking for inspiration for her new play, but the characters are not overly impressed with their story lines.
The Carrick-on-Shannon Junior group will stage The Boy Who Wanted the Hebegeebees on the 3rd and 4th of April. Did you ever get the hebegeebees? Of course you did, everyone does, except for Hans that is, he’s never had the hebegeebees in his life! So off he goes to try to find them with the help of all sorts of spooky scares along the way.
All plays are directed by Mary Blake and will be performed at the Dock Theatre in Carrick-on-Shannon. Tickets are available on their website or by calling the box office at 071-965-0828.
As part of the 2019 National Theatre Connections programme, Griese Youth Theatre will present Laura Lomas’s play Chaos. Directed by Dee Burke, the show will be performed on Saturday March 30, at 8.30 pm and Sunday, March 31, at 6.30pm at the Riverbank Arts Centre in Newbridge, County Kildare.
Barnstorm’s Kilkenny Youth Theatre presents Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, adapted for the stage by Anna Galligan. The show will be performed on Friday, 3 May and Saturday,11 May at 3.00pm and 7.30pm at Kilkenny’s The Watergate Theatre. Tickets are €18/€16 (Under 18’s) and can be booked on online here or by calling 056-7761674.
Youth theatres that are interested in attending as a group can contact Anna at email@example.com, and she will arrange a group booking.
Rob Drummond’s Flesh is Mr. Sands Youth Theatre’s entry in this year’s National Theatre Connections Festival. They’re on in The Mermaid Theatre in Bray on Wednesday and Thursday, 13 and 14 March at 8pm. Visit the Mermaid’s website here to book your tickets.
Dundalk YT will stage Bev Clark’s The Black Eyes on Thursday and Friday, 4 and 5th April at 8.00pm. The performances will be at An Táin Arts Centre. Tickets are €10 and can be purchased online here.
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES AND MORE
Local Youth Club Grant Scheme 2019
The Local Youth Club Grant Scheme (LYCGS) supports youth club activities at a local level. The Scheme, which provides grant aid towards the costs of running clubs, is part-funded by the proceeds of the National Lottery. Funding for the Scheme is provided by DCYA and is administered locally by ETBs on behalf of DCYA. The Scheme supports club activities for young people; with priority given to clubs catering for young people aged 10– 21. The primary focus of the Scheme is to assist local clubs that provide a programme of youth work activities for young people. In addition, other clubs that work with young people, but are not specifically providing youth work, are also entitled to apply for funding under the Scheme.
The National Quality Standards for Volunteer-led Youth Groups also forms part of the LYCGS form. This is a set of Standards to support and develop the work of volunteers in club settings and requires clubs to display their commitment to best practice, ongoing development of quality programmes and the provision of activities for young people. Youth Theatre’s participation in these Standards is supported by Youth Theatre Ireland.
Youth theatres who applied for the funding scheme and took part in the Standards last year will be contacted directly by their ETB with details of the 2019 scheme and deadline. These youth theatres will also be contacted directly by Youth Theatre Ireland to support their participation in the scheme and Standards this year.
If your affiliated youth theatre has not previously applied for the Local Youth Club Grant Scheme or taken part in the Standards and is interested in finding out more, please contact Rhona Dunnett at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Wexford County Council Arts’ Department is seeking proposals from artists/ artists groups/ or arts collectives to exhibit their work in the Creative Hub which is situated in the centre of Wexford town. 4-5 exhibition proposals will be selected and slots will be of 1 months duration and will take place at allotted times between May -December 2019.
Please specify in your proposal your preferred time frame. The selected artists must liaise with the Arts Office and Wexford Art Centre (who manage the daily running of this space) in advance and agree days for install and de install of work.
This opportunity is open to artists/ artists groups/ or arts collectives who are resident in County Wexford, and who are interested in exhibiting their work in the Creative Hub for a short period of time. The venue is provided free of charge. In exchange all artists are responsible for all aspects of their exhibition i.e. installation, invigilation, PR, exhibition launch and dismantling of work. The Arts Office and Wexford Art Centre/ Creative Hub will assist with publicity of exhibition.
Arts and Disability Connect offers artists the opportunity to: connect with other practitioners or venues; make a change in their practice; ‘step up’ in terms of scope and scale; reach new audiences and to engage in mentoring or training. The awards are specifically targeted at individual artists with disabilities, Arts and Disability Connect includes New Work, Mentoring and Training awards.
Information about these awards including guidelines and application forms are available here: www.adiarts.ie/connect.
Further information: Contact Arts & Disability Ireland on 01 850 9002 or email email@example.com.
Arts and Disability Connect is funded by the Arts Council and managed by Arts & Disability Ireland.
Foras na Gaeilge is providing funding for appropriate Youth Events programmes (which must contain a minimum of 12 sessions) through Irish for young people (3 to 18 years of age) which strengthen the Irish language through a mix of activities.
This scheme supports a series of non-residential events outside of the Gaeltacht and outside of school hours between September 1st 2019 and 30th June 2020.
Up to €5,000 is available. The target group for the scheme is children between 3 and 18 years of age.
Deadline: April 5th 2019
For more information, click here.
TRAINING AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES
SEMINAR: Child Safeguarding Considerations in the Youth Arts Sector
Hosted by the National Youth Council of Ireland and Poetry Ireland
Date | Location: Tuesday, 26th March 2019 | Poetry Ireland, 11 Parnell Square East, Dublin
This day-long seminar will include information inputs on Child Safeguarding Statements and Garda Vetting, as well as the opportunity to discuss areas where organisations may require clarity, support or advice. This will assist in establishing the support needs of those working with young people in youth arts settings
This seminar is aimed at managers, Designated Liaison Persons and others in organisations with responsibility for ensuring compliance with safeguarding legislation.
Full programme will be released in mid-February but you can register your interest with NYCI by emailing your name and organisation to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Child Safeguarding Considerations in the Youth Arts Sector” in the subject field.
Running throughout March, each regional Speak Out event will be attended by hundreds of teenagers, who will be given the opportunity to make a two-minute presentation on their solutions to challenges such as health, poverty, climate change and diversity.
They are part of a 6,000-strong cohort of young citizens who will be speaking out on the issues they care about as part of the YSI Speak Out Tour 2019.
YSI would love to welcome you to an event in your area. If you would like to join them on the Tour, please RSVP here and select an event of your choice.
Against the backdrop of Dáil100 and the upcoming local and European elections, YSI is also asking young people to make their voices heard at a political level through its #TellYourTD Campaign. Through the campaign, young people are being encouraged to engage with their local representatives and to bring the issues they care about to their attention.
If you are not able to attend an event, follow YSI on Twitter @YSINow to keep up to date with all of the action as it happens throughout the Tour.
The Arts Council is seeking to expand its panel of Creative Associates to support the delivery of the Scoileanna Ildánacha/Creative Schools initiative. Creative Associates are artists, creative practitioners and teachers with a deep understanding of creativity and its potential to transform the lives of children and young people. They come from a range of creative professions such as artists, designers, teachers and craftspeople. Whether from the arts, culture, heritage, creative industries, education, science or other sectors, they challenge, support and sustain new practice in schools in the field of the arts, culture and creative learning.
Creative Associates will match the needs of schools to arts and creative opportunities in their locality. They will identify potential areas for improvement and will inspire, energise and drive schools forward in addressing these. Through this pioneering initiative Creative Associates will have the chance to shape the place of the arts and creativity in Irish schools.
Creative Associates can be:
Creative Associates – Individuals engaged by the Arts Council as individual artists or creative practitioners in the arts, culture, heritage, creative industries, science or other sectors.
Creative Associates – Organisations in the arts, culture, heritage, creative industries, science of other sectors. They are engaged by the Arts Council with named nominees, who have an arts or creative practice and are employ by the organisation.
Creative Associates – Teachers selected by the Arts Council to work on a part-time basis with Creative Schools. These applicants will be fully qualified and registered teachers who are working in a Department of Education and Skills recognised post.
Creative Associates work in partnership with participating schools/Youthreach centres to understand, develop and celebrate the arts and creativity in their schools, putting the arts and creativity at the heart of the lives of children and young people.
How to apply:
Step 1 – Visit the website here and read the relevant Information Booklet today
Step 2 – Check if you are eligible as an individual artist, organisation nominee or teacher working in school
Step 3 – Complete and return the correct application form (available here).
Deadline: 5pm on Monday April 1st 2019.
Opportunities for Schools: Opportunities for an additional 150 schools to begin participation in Creative Schools in the 2019-20 school year are still open. More information here. Interested schools are advised to register their school today to ensure they will have time to complete the application by March 21, 2019.
Creative Schools is a flagship initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme to enable the creative potential of every child. Creative Schools is led by the Arts Council in partnership with the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Creative Schools, formerly Arts Rich Schools/Arís, draws on the commitments set out in the Arts in Education Charter.
Date | Location: June 9th-15th 2019 | Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Tipperary
CREATING & SHARING DIGITAL CONTENT: Supporting young people in active global citizenship.
Creativity and Change is calling all youth workers, arts facilitators, activists, and tutors! If you are involved in non-formal learning with young people in Ireland and you are interested in how we use digital media to encourage global citizenship then join them for a week in Cloughjordan, Tipperary.
This will be a hands-on training in the creative use of digital media, including imagery, video, stop-motion animation and more. There will be a specific focus on using digital media to explore the Sustainable Development Goals. All costs are covered except for a contribution to travel costs. They will create a positive intercultural learning environment with participants from Ireland, Hungary and the Netherlands.
Dates | Location: 31 March -– 6 April 2019 | Sercock, Poland (including 2 travel days)
Places are available for a free week-long transnational training for youth workers interested in Digital Youth Work.
Training will cover the competencies that we aim to develop within the Young People, and many practical scenarios for how to do this. The trainers include experienced Youth Work professionals and Digital Communications and Media experts/educators from Ireland, Norway, Romania and Poland. This Training is part of the Skill IT for Youth Project sponsored by Erasmus+ via Leargas, and all costs are covered.
TheTheatreTimes.com and Digital Theatre+ have teamed up to launch IOTF: The International Online Theatre Festival.
In the span of one month, IOTF will stream online and on-demand the work of 30 international theatre artists and companies, including Complicité, Frantic Assembly, National Theatre of Australia, Vakhtangov Theatre and Grand Teatre de Liceu, and such iconic productions as A Disappearing Number, Things I Know to Be True and The Blue Bird trilogy.
Dates | Location: 14-20 May 2019 | Florina, Greece
This training iffers an international learning experience for youth work practitioners who want to develop competencies in setting up quality Youth Exchange projects for young people with fewer opportunities within the Erasmus+ project.