11 June 2020

#YouthTheatreOnline: National Festival of Youth Theatres 2020 Goes Digital

#YouthTheatreOnline: National Festival of Youth Theatres 2020 Goes Digital

From 2 to 5 July, we’re movin’ on up—to the cloud—to celebrate the 2020 National Festival of Youth Theatres and Youth Theatre Ireland’s 40th Birthday!!

That pandemic may have us zooming around in uncharted waters, but we're not letting that stop us from offering an exciting line up of events for this year's National Festival of Youth Theatres that will provide a truly memorable and enjoyable experience for all participants! From Thursday, 2 July, to Sunday, 5 July, we will offer the very first virtual National Youth Theatre Festival, which will involve over 80 young people as well as facilitators, leaders and staff. We’ve been busy exploring how we can keep the character of our workshops and the social and leaders’ programmes in a digital format and still offer young people the #BestWeekEver!

First, we must thank every single group that emailed in an Expression of Interest for NFYT20. The groups that will join us this year are:

  • Activate Youth Theatre (Cork)
  • Cabinteely Youth Theatre (Dublin)
  • County Limerick Youth Theatre
  • Droichead Youth Theatre (Louth)
  • Explore Youth Theatre (Kildare)
  • Giant Wolf Youth Theatre (Dublin)
  • Laois Youth Theatre
  • Lightbulb Youth Theatre (Cork)
  • Making Waves Youth Theatre (Wicklow)
  • Playacting Youth Theatre (Kildare)
  • Sligo Youth Theatre

You're asking yourself, what does a digital NFYT look like? As always, we will offer wonderful workshops led by these five fantastic facilitators:

  • “Is There Anybody There?” with Ciarán Gray (assisted by Calantha Forde)
  • “Walk with Me” with Bob Kelly (assisted by Cathal Thornton)
  • “Lockdown Clown” with Ruth Lehane (assisted by Maxine Acton-Carey)
  • "Word on the Street” with Nick Kavanagh (assisted by Gary Mullen)
  • “Humanetts” with Emma Fischer (assisted by Ella Daly)

To catch a glimpse of these workshops, visit the Youth Theatre Ireland YouTube Channel here.

Our Leaders' programme will include a workshop with theatremaker Annie Ryan of Corn Exchange, and an Ideas Exchange, a space for Leaders to discuss topics of importance to them with a special contribution around inclusion and online work from Lisette Auton, a disabled writer, activist, poet, spoken-word artist, actor, theatre-maker and creative practitioner living in the UK.

Our Online Cruise Director, Alan King, is setting up some cutting-edge social activities including the NFYT Open Mic Youth-O-Vision & (Not So) Silent Disco, a huge Eurovision-style party with some unique acts and amazing music, that will live stream all the way from Youth Theatre Ireland’s HQ in Dublin! And, Let’s Get Quizzical, a fast-paced quiz that will bring youth theatre members together for a fierce “Triple Threat Match”; topics will include Fastest Finger First, Youth Theatre Round & The Extremely Bad Picture Round!

To keep up to date on the Festival, search your social media platforms using #YouthTheatreOnline from 2 to 5 July!

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