Some folks are resting and relaxing during the summer months, but not us. We’re in full swing here at Youth Theatre Ireland! We started in Kilkenny for another spectacular National Festival of Youth Theatres and returned to start rehearsals for the National Youth Theatre. We’re prepping for lots of great offerings this autumn (check out the list of training opportunities below!). And you’ll see that our affiliates across the island have been keeping youth theatre alive this summer with their productions, workshops, and even a fashion show!!
We’re also thrilled to announce that we have received a grant from Creative Ireland to expand the youth theatre sector in Dublin, Offaly, and Westmeath. To do that, we’re adding a member to the Youth Theatre Ireland team!
Thanks to a generous grant from Creative Ireland, we are in the happy position to hire a new Special Projects Officer. During the 18-month contract, the successful candidate will spearhead the growth of the youth theatre sector in Dublin, Offaly, and Westmeath. for more information on this fabulous opportunity, visit our website here.
Following on from the success of our 3-day Laying the Foundations training earlier in the year, we will be running this opportunity again next month.
When? Monday, 23 to Wednesday, 25 September Where? The Lab, Foley Street, Dublin What time? 10:00am – 5:00pm each day How much? €150 (workshop fee includes a copy of Laying the Foundations: A Guide to Youth Drama Facilitation)
Booking for this course is now open through Eventbrite; please click here for more information and to register.
In just ten days, the 2019 National Youth Theatre takes to the Peacock Stage of the Abbey Theatre, Ireland’s National Theatre. Tickets are selling hot cakes, but, fortunately, there are still a few available for our production of Dylan Coburn Gray’s Ask Too Much of Me, directed by Veronica Coburn! Visit our webiste here for more info or book immediately through the Abbey’s website here.
We are very pleased to announce that Making Waves Youth Theatre recently affiliated to Youth Theatre Ireland. MWYT has been doing great work in Wicklow since 2018. To find out more about the work our newest affiliate is doing, visit their Facebook page here. Welcome aboard!
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 shortly.
***The Creative Spark: Cross-Border Training Weekend***,
Saturday, and Sunday, 28 and 29 September
Building on the success of last year’s Laying the Foundations Training, Youth Theatre Ireland and Theatre NI are delighted to host a cross-border training weekend for a second year. Over two days, this year’s Creative Spark attendees will:
Over two days participants will:
Source new material and approaches to devising theatre content.
Share best practice approaches from youth theatres north and south of the border
Explore opportunities for creating future collaborations and partnerships
Discuss plans for a cross border residential festival for Youth Theatre in 2020
Have formal and informal opportunities to network with other practitioners north and south of the border to explore opportunities for developing partnerships for the benefit of youth theatre members.
There is a booking cost of £25 for the two-day training weekend. Overnight accommodation on Saturday, 28 September, will be provided to those who require it for a cost of £40. Lunch will also be provided for both days. Please visit our website here for more information and email Dave Kelly, Youth Theatre Ireland’s National Training Co-ordinator, at email@example.com if you have questions. Click here to register now with Theatre NI.
***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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
Act Out YT had a busy end-of-season with three major offerings. On 3 May 2019, they produced PROJECTions: Tales of Hope & Fearat Navan’s Solstice Arts Centre.This world premiere was a 90-minute devised extravaganza that saw AOYT members devise, script and perform stories about what hope and fear means to young people in Ireland today.
On 28 May, Act Out YT returned to the Soltice to welcome one of Ireland’s most acclaimed playwrights, Meath local Deirdre Kinahan, who gave a Writing Workshop exclusively for AOYT members.
AOYT’s summer project, Acting for the Camera, ran from 16th-18th July. This intensive course, with some tips & tricks for acting for the camera, was facilitated by actor and Artistic Director of Act Out YT, Anthony Kinahan, along with Meath actor and videographer Matthew O’Brien.
On Friday, June 28, Griese Youth Theatre presented a double bill of:
Lucy Montague Moffet’s Beetroot, which looks at young teenage life through the eyes of someone with an impermanent world, a world filled with secrets just waiting to be spilled and
Fiona Keane’s Lucky Town, which shows the power of art. How we need to appreciate what we have instead of ignoring its worth and risking losing what’s of value in our midst.
On Saturday, June 29, GYT offered The Gaff, devised by Complex Youth Theatre.The piece provides a hyperbolic depiction of teenagers in their natural habitat: The Sesh. The production was followed by a screening of the Ballitore Young Film Makers Music Video of Delhaze’s Ocean Blue in which Jack and Sarah, two teenagers from the Irish countryside, have just ended their relationship and are struggling to cope with their feelings.
On 8 august, M.A.D. YT hosted Couture Junk Fashion Show, a fashion show with a difference at the Spirit Store. Earlier in the year, their Members Committee came up with the idea to explore costume making and threw out a challenge for members to create fashion over the summer by up- and re-cycling materials they had to hand. The resulting creations were weird and wacky ideas and designs. Part of MAD’s ethos is to engage with the local community, and this fundraiser aided the Dundalk Rainbows Ireland, a group supporting children with bereavement and parental separation. The night was hosted by Calvin Magee and Gerry Ball with music from Francis Watters and Rorie Ball. Peter Rooney, a representative of Rainbow Ireland Dundalk, was present and talked about the impact the service has on children and young people and made an appeal for new suppporters. Please contact the Dundalk centre for more information on becoming a facilitator or making a donation at 087-709-5666.
M.A.D. Youth Theatre is also recruiting new members ages 12 to 21 in September. Text 083-140-4747 to find out more!
After a successful run in the Samuel Beckett Theatre this summer, DYT’s 2019 Big Show, The Sleepwalkers, an original theatre project co-produced with Pan Pan, will return for the Dublin Theatre Festival from 2-5 October in Axis: Ballymun. Special discount rates for youth theatre groups are available, and the devising process will be discussed in the post-show discussion after the matinee on Saturday, 5 October. Click here to access ticketing information.
DYT is saying goodbye to their premises at 23 Gardiner Street after forty years. As of 31 August, you’ll find them at 18 Montague Lane, Dublin 2, until they find a new permanent space.
Mayo Youth Theatre presented Arthur Miller’s timeless classic The Crucible on19 and 20 July at the Ballina Arts Centre. The play is set in 1692, a dark period of American history, during which time the Salem Witch Trials took place. Directed by Head Facilitator, Ronan Colhoun, the production starred members of Mayo Youth Theatre in both onstage and backstage roles.
Working with director Terri Lieber, Rusty Frog Youth Theatre presented a modern version of William Shakespeare’s Othello on25 July at Skibbereen Town Hall. The story is full of great roles and themes relevant to young people – love, jealousy, friendship, loyalty, bullying and insecurity – adapted to a modern setting.
County Limerick Youth Theatre will offer a Drama Summer Camp from 12 to 16 August 2019 at the HoneyFitz Theatre from 1pm to 4pm. The Camp is offered to students from 3rd Class to TY. Run by Steven Tynan, it will involve a series of fun, interactive workshops followed by a show of work at 3pm on Friday, 16 August. Cost: €25 (members); €50 (non-members). Emailcountylimerickyt@gmail.com to book your place.
Join Limerick Youth Theatre at the Belltable from 15 to 17 August for their summer showA Load of Rubbish, an original comedy by local writer and director Darren Maher. For more details and booking information, visit our website here.
Dundalk Youth Theatre is looking for a Facilitator for September 2019 to May 2020. Dundalk Youth Theatre will require candidates to submit a CV, references and a written proposal plan (to include one production and proposed cost of the plan) for the youth theatre. Please email email@example.com for more information.
Dublin Circus Project has upcoming masterclasses in clowning, fire eating, and hula hoop. to find out more, click here.
DCP celebrates its 10th birthday this September and are planning many exciting events to celebrate. To see what activities they have planned, visit their special birthday celebration page here and don’t forget to save the date for their 10th Birthday Cabaret, which will take place on Saturday, September 14th, in the Dublin Circus Centre.
This one-day workshop is led by acclaimed playwright Rosemary Jenkinson. Attendees will be challenged to come up with fresh, cutting-edge ideas as they learn how to craft high-impact dialogue and how to navigate the competitive world of contemporary theatre. Expect insights on interacting with dramaturgs, actors and directors, advice on where to send your script and practical scriptwriting tips/exercises for all levels.
Cost: €80 (Irish Writers Centre members) / €90 (non-members)
For more information, including booking information, click here.
Is your youth theatre a registered charity? If so, you are eligible to apply for Arts to Impact Fund 2020 Funding. The Arts to Impact Fund was created by Social Innovation Fund Ireland (SIFI) in partnership with the Department of Rural and Community Development. The Department of Rural and Community Development provides match funding for all philanthropic funds raised by Social Innovation Fund Ireland, via the Dormant Accounts Fund.
Applicants should be able to demonstrate how they:
focus on improving skills development
promote social inclusion for children, adolescents and adults through the innovative use of arts and culture
You’ll find more details, including application guidelines, here.
Dates | Location: 25-29 September 2019 | Hannover, Germany
A training course for young people who took part in European Solidarity Corps/Erasmus+:YOUTH IN ACTION projects and want to share their European experiences with their peers. You’ll find more information here.
Dates | Location: 9-13 October 2019 | Utrecht, Netherlands
The 5th EuroPeers European Meeting brings together EuroPeers and NA officers from the different countries where they can exchange practices, inspire each other and broaden their horizon. You’ll 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.