03 June & 16 - 17 June

Kildare Youth Theatre - Performances for JuneFest

Fresh Ground

Kildare Youth Theatre’s newest, young talent present a series of short, new plays devised by the group as part of Newbridge’s JuneFest community festival.  The plays are upstairs in the Chat ‘N’ Chew café on Main Street, Newbridge on 03 June and are directed by Peter Hussey . Seating is limited to 20. Plays will be performed at 4pm and 6pm.

Booking by text message, stating (1) your name, (2) which timeslot you will attend, and (3) how many tickets, to 087 2759420 or by email to info@crookedhouse.ie

 

A Little Box of Oblivion by Stephen Bean

What is in the box? That is the BIG question in this one act play. It is a lovely spring day we see very different people, who has have to come together to solve the mystery. It may lead to catastrophic consequences, if they do not find the answer in time!

Directed by Alexandra Sakavitsi. 16 - 17 June at 8pm. Admission is €5. The venue is Kildare Youth Theatre , 1 Lower Main St, Piercetown, Newbridge, Co. Kildare. Booking is via email

Already KYT have had a very busy May with a production of Macbeth at the Riverbank Arts Centre and a trip to Belfast to perform Want by Barney Norris as part of the NT Connections Festival. 

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Dates:
03 June & 16 - 17 June
23 - 26 May

Dublin Youth Theatre partner with Pan Pan on The Rehearsal, Playing the Dane

Dublin Youth Theatre is delighted to announce a partnership with Pan Pan Theatre with 9 of their members appearing in The Rehearsal, Playing the Dane at the Abbey Theatre.

From the 23rd - 26th of May on the Abbey Stage.
Wed – Sat at 7:30 pm, Matinee Sat at 2pm

About The Rehearsal, Playing The Dane

In Pan Pan’s purgatorial presentation of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, you the audience are faced with a choice: who is going to be, or not to be, Hamlet?

Actors compete to play the title role but as we enter the graveyard world of this icon of individualism can anyone escape playing the Dane? Aren’t we all the main part?

Highly innovative and visually breathtaking, this is an audacious and irreverent riff on Hamlet that does not so much update or deconstruct the play as explode it. Playing fast and loose with our familiarity and expectations, the onstage Director rations out Shakespeare’s text, knowingly excavating its layers in a series of theatrical devices and conceits that focuses the large cast, and the audience, on the existential plight of its characters.

Even the stage is a Hall of Mirrors and the play-within-a-play, enacted by a troupe of schoolboy actors, is Hamlet itself.

Dates:
23 - 26 May
Venue:
The Abbey Theatre, Dublin 1
Bookings
https://booking.abbeytheatre.ie/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=9783
More Info
https://booking.abbeytheatre.ie/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=9783
Ongoing

News from Waterford Youth Arts

European Collaboration 

WYA has recently met with two European theatre organisations, to start work on an Erasmus+ Project that is funded via the Leargas agency.  Both groups work with young people in the arts and are considered top arts organisations in their home countries.

From Norway, WYA met with representatives of Stella Polaris who specialize in street theatre and site-specific work and have a long association with Viking mythology and legends. The other theatre group that WYA are working with are the National Theatre of Tagru Mures based in Transylvania, Romania. NTTM have two full-time professional theatre companies creating both new and established work; one is a Hungarian-speaking company while the other one is Romanian-speaking. NTTM also run a very active youth theatre and train young people in all production aspects.

The purpose of this project is for the three companies to learn from each other’s positive practices and incorporate these ideas into their own companies. This project will also be used to assess young participants' learning through creative art projects and explore if this learning can be captured through film and on paper.  This project will run over six months and be completed in September. 

Image: From Left To Right - Michael Grant , Laurentiu Blaga (National Theatre Company Targu Mines), Ollie Breslin (WYA), Kacsó Judit-Andrea (National Theatre Company Targu Mines) Éadaoin Breathnach, Thorunn Hagberg (Stella Polaris), Per Spildra Borg (Stella Polaris) and Cathy Hanrahan (WYA). 

WYA Summer Youth Theatre Project 

This year’s Summer Theatre Project will be Peter Hall’s adaption of the book Animal Farm by George Orwell.

The play will be directed by Rhiann Jeffrey who is a Belfast based Theatre Director and Associate Director for Prime Cut Productions and has been directing and assisting with productions for the last seven years in Ireland and England. Rhiann visited Waterford recently to do an introductory workshop and for the cast and crew to all meet up. The project itself kicks off in July with the eventual show happening in Garter Lane in August. 

The aim of the Youth Theatre Summer project is to enable young people to get a full-on experience of creating a show with a professional director and crew. The project is a partnership between Waterford Youth Arts, Garter Lane Arts Centre and Waterford Council Arts Office.

Visit the Waterford Youth Arts Website. 

Dates:
Ongoing
24 - 26 May

County Wexford Youth Theatre - MAY PLAYS

County Wexford Youth Theatre
MAY PLAYS
Double Bill
 
Thurs 24 - Sat 26 May
8pm
 
12 ANGRY PIGS
Based on the Reginald Rose play 12 Angry Men, this adaptation, by the youngest Youth Theatre group, depicts a jury of Pigs forced to consider whether the Wolf is a terrorist and responsible for blowing up two houses.  At the beginning, they have a nearly unanimous decision of guilty with a single dissenter of not-guilty, who throughout the play sows a seed of reasonable doubt. The story begins after closing arguments have been presented in the case, and the jury is sequestered in a room. As in most criminal cases, the twelve jurors must unanimously decide on a verdict of "guilty" or "not guilty”. But it’s not an open and shut case… A funny, character driven drama where not all is as it seems. Adapted by Wade Bradford.
 
 
THE LIONTAMER
The Liontamer is a play about young Stephanie, who lives in her head, commits a crime, assaults a priest and runs away to New York. Performed by the senior youth theatre group, this play is a cross between ‘Father Ted’ and ‘Dr. Doolittle’ by way of every bad Irish play you’ve ever seen!  
 
Stephanie lives in a rural Irish village with her imbecilic Mother and her drunkard Father. She has a pet, James, who happens to be a lion and she dreams of a better life.  Following an intense episode with the clergy, which involves a confession box and a fork, Stephane becomes a fugitive.  Featuring a cast of 57 characters, including; Prince Charles, 2 lions, Cyndi Lauper, Oprah, Dame Judi Dench among others, played by 15 actors we follow Stephanie’s adventures from Wexford to New York. Written by Ed Malone.
Dates:
24 - 26 May
Venue:
WEXFORD ARTS CENTRE, CORNMARKET, WEXFORD
Bookings
0539123764 or https://wexfordartscentre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873587354
More Info
https://wexfordartscentre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873587354
Ongoing

Update from Mayo Youth Theatre

Mayo Arts Service are delighted to announce Ronan Colhoun as the new facilitator with Mayo Youth Theatre.  Along with Ballina Arts Centre, all the participants and parents/guardians, they wish Ronan all the best in his new role. Ronan recently completed ArtsTrain with Youth Theatre Ireland and was a previous member of Mayo Youth Theatre. 

The youth theatre is looking forward to welcoming Dave Kelly (National Training Co-ordinator of Youth theatre Ireland) who will facilitate a workshop with Mayo Youth Theatre on the evening of Monday 14th of May in Ballina Arts Centre. 

Dates:
Ongoing
Ongoing

Update from LYTC, Carrigallen

Leitrim Youth Theatre Company, Carrigallen have just had their final workshop for this term of drama sessions.  Highlights of the term included their senior groups, and Bright Sparks travelling to see LYTC Carrick on Shannon perform The Terrible Fate of Humpty Dumpty performed at The Dock, directed by Mary Blake assisted by Susan Wood. They enjoyed a brilliant performance.

Senior group 1 participated in an exchange of LYTC facilitators to experience different techniques and ways of working. Sessions were facilitated by Mary Blake (LYTC Carrick) and Declan Drohan (LYTC Manorhamilton). 

Members of Senior 1 are excited that LYTC has been chosen to take part in Youth Theatre Ireland's National Festival of Youth Theatres in Kilkenny in July. Let the fun begin!  

The junior groups, led by Deidre Reilly, assisted by Emma Tiernan, and Senior 2 group had a busy season of workshops. In the last sessions they were introduced to a new script by Catherine McKiernan.  Rehearsals proper will begin in September and it will be on stage in December. 

They wish all their members a very Happy Summer and hope the sun shines bright for them all. 

Dates:
Ongoing

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