04 October 2017

Perform at IGNITE 2018!

Perform at IGNITE 2018!

After a successful pilot in 2016, the IGNITE Youth Theatre Festival is returning in August 2018. The festival will offer youth theatres a valuable opportunity to experience and learn from each others’ production-based work and to showcase quality youth theatre productions at a national level. If you would like your production to be showcased at IGNITE, let us know. We want to start seeing productions NOW!

IGNITE  is delivered in partnership with the Department of Drama, Trinity College Dublin.

The Festival will explore performance through a broad programme of activities including public performances, ‘work-in-progress’ sessions and skill-based workshops.

It will comprise 3 different programme strands:

Youth Theatre Performances – a number of youth theatres will be invited to present youth theatre productions at the Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin

‘Work-in-Progress’ Session – participating youth theatres will be invited to contribute a 10-15 minute ‘work-in-progress’ piece that can be shared and discussed with other festival participants in a supportive workshop setting. Pieces can reflect early rehearsals of new productions, scenes written/directed by young people, experiments with new theatre genres/skills etc.

Workshop Programme – All youth theatre members involved in the performance and work-in-progress strands take part in a workshop programme exploring specialist production and performance skills.


  • Familiarise yourself with the criteria for performances below. 
  • Fill in the ‘PERFORM Expression of Interest’ and tell us about the production you’d like to send to the festival and when it is on stage at your local venue.
  • A Youth Theatre Ireland staff member will come and see the production. Productions can be viewed until the middle of May 2018. Please give us at least 4 weeks notification of your performance dates to ensure availability of staff.
  • Performing groups will be selected at the end of May.
  • Once groups are selected, a meeting of all participating youth theatres will be scheduled. All directors of productions coming to IGNITE must attend this meeting. 


 We want to celebrate the fantastic youth theatre productions that take place across the country every month of the year and promote quality youth theatre practice to a wider audience. To do this, Youth Theatre Ireland will curate the public performance strand of the festival. We have set some criteria and created a selection process to help ensure we can welcome a good range of the excellent youth theatre productions out there!


  • We are looking for great youth theatre productions that showcase what young people can achieve together onstage: great stories; a range of theatre styles and approaches; strong ensemble work; ambitious ideas; devised and scripted pieces; engagement with young people’s interests and strengths; theatre to challenge, intrigue and make us laugh. We’re searching for productions where the young actors are ready to share their work on a national, public platform.
  • We welcome one-acts, 60 minute shows or full-length plays and are happy to show a range of quality youth theatre productions. Having said that, this festival is probably not the place for that 3 hour opus you’ve been working on!
  • Cast size may be a consideration. We are looking for productions with around 15 young people max. However, we can be flexible where a bigger cast have staged an excellent ensemble production. We can host up to 100 young people at the festival and we’d like to include as many youth theatres as possible, so we ask you to keep that in mind.
  • Youth theatres must present a fully realised production. This might seem like stating the obvious but all young people should be off book and productions should include set, lighting, costume elements etc.
  • We are looking for productions that can satisfy touring conditions. The following features would help your production tour to a new venue in a festival context: a limited number of freestanding set pieces; a manageable amount of props and costumes; a lighting design that can be incorporated into a composite rig for all festival shows; lighting and sound design that can be set up during a limited get-in; Performing youth theatres will have a limited get in and will be expected to strike quickly after the performance. We will provide a technical team and production manager to support you with staging.
  • Youth theatres must obtain performance rights for any scripted play they perform at the festival and ensure that any necessary music clearance has been granted in time for the performance. Youth Theatre Ireland may require proof of this in advance of the festival.
  •  We want to ensure IGNITE is representative of the youth theatre community. When selecting productions we will be mindful of considerations such as regional representation, setting of youth theatre (urban/rural etc.), gender of participants, age of participants etc.

Download information on IGNITE. 


  • The IGNITE Festival will run over 3 days in August. We will confirm the exact dates soon.
  • Activities will take place at the Samuel Beckett Theatre, Trinity College Dublin. 
  • Accommodation and food will be provided by Youth Theatre Ireland.
  • Around 100 young people will participate in total.
  • The festival is open to those aged 12 and over.
  • Each youth theatre must bring two leaders who are responsible for the welfare of the young people in their group. Where a performing group has a larger cast, an additional leader may be needed. Leaders must be aged 21 or over.
  • Youth Theatres will be responsible for their own travel to and from Dublin.

Details of how to get involved in the ‘Works-In-Progress’ strand will be announced soon.

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