10 February 2020

Young Critics 2020 - Applications Now Open

Young Critics 2020  - Applications  Now Open

Are you aged 16-21?
Want to see more plays?
Make new friends?
Learn more about the theatre?

Once again Youth Theatre Ireland is inviting young people from all across the county to join us on a journey of theatrical discovery and critical engagement.
Young Critics is one of Youth Theatre Ireland’s longest-running and most innovative programmes. Over a six-month period, participants will see some incredible shows, make new friends and learn about the art of theatre criticism.


Young Crirics is open to youth theatre members aged 16-21 who are interested in watching theatre, discovering how and why theatre is made, and learning how to critically discuss, analyse, and review theatre.

During the programme, young people are given an opportunity to see quality productions while developing their critical skills under the mentorship of international theatre critic and academic, Dr. Karen Fricker, and Youth Theatre Ireland’s own Alan King.




“Without question, I would recommend Young Critics in a heartbeat to any fellow young people involved in youth theatre who think they may be even vaguely be interested in something like this—I had a brilliant experience, 100% worth doing!” 2019 Young Critic

The Young Critics will first meet in Dublin from Friday April 17th to Sunday April 19th and again from October 9th – 11th. Over the two weekends the Young Critics will attend five theatre productions, and participate in workshops and discussions, facilitated by the mentors.

In October, the group will meet up in Dublin again to see further productions, take part in more workshops and participate in a public panel event as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival.
In between the two residential weekends, the Young Critics will have the opportunity to see other productions and make critical responses through the use of digital technology including written blogs, podcasts and vlogs. The Young Critics will be supported by our professional mentors through workshops, tutorials and online support forums.


Participation in the programme is totally free:  all accommodation, meals, theatre tickets and travel costs are covered by Youth Theatre Ireland.

For Full Details on how to apply, download the Application Form here and return to Youth Theatre Ireland by March 12th 


April 17-19 , Oct 9-11 2020


Dublin City


Closing Date for Applications is 5pm,Thursday March 12th

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