25 - 27 July

Laois Youth Theatre - Summer Programme

As part of its Summer Arts Programme, the Laois Arts Office will run a 3 day introduction to drama with drama tutor Mirjana Rendulic in Rathdowney. The workshops will run from Tue 25 to Thurs 27 July at the Youth Café, Rathdowney from 10.30am-2.30pm and from 1.00pm-3.00pm, both workshops are open to ages 10 – 16.  Learn new skills, gain confidence and meet other young people who are interested in learning about acting and performing with an emphasis on having fun. Mirjana is currently working with Laois Youth Theatre in Portlaoise. She is a qualified Drama Facilitator, Actress and Writer and holds L.A.M.D.A Gold medal in Acting, HND in Performing Arts and Fetac (Level 6) in Drama Facilitation.

The Portlaoise branch of the Laois Youth Theatre will adjourn for the Summer and recommence in September. Members must be minimum 12 years of age and attending 2nd level school. Young people interested in joining are asked to email the Arts Office at artsoff@laoiscoco.ie or T: 057 8664033/13.

25 - 27 July
22 - 26 August

Waterford Youth Arts - Still We Sing

22 - 26 August - STILL WE SING

Waterford Youth Arts's flagship production of the year. The Summer Project is the cornerstone of Waterford Youth Arts annual calendar for performers aged 14 - 19 years. Directed by Liam Meagher and co-produced with Garter Lane Arts Centre and written by Martina Collender. STILL WE SING is a new play set in contemporary Ireland penned by a young female Irish writer. The World Premiere is unveiled on August 22nd, running until August 26th at Garter Lane Arts Centre. Tickets from garterlane.ie

22 - 26 August
17 - 19 August

Limerick Youth Theatre - Coming of Age

This year LYT is twenty. To mark this anniversary, they will invite past members, who are now professionals in the field of theatre, to create an ambitious, collaborative, celebratory piece with their current members. This project reflects the importance of LYT in young people’s lives and will provide a meaningful platform for artistic expression.

Thanks to the award granted by the Arts Council for the Young people, children and education programme activity fund (YPCE), LYT will commission production teams to create original short work which will form a full length theatre piece premiering at the Belltable. The teams will consist of LYT members from 1997 onwards who are now working professionally locally, nationally and internationally as actors, directors, writers and technicians. Through the theatre-making process, the commissioned teams will help members develop new skills and be creatively ambitious while underpinning LYT’s ethos of inclusion and social engagement.

LYT provides a safe environment for artistic expression and meaningful collaborations between young adults and professional theatre-makers who share similar understanding and interest in being involved in artistic projects. Ciarda Tobin, one of the founders of LYT, will mentor and co-ordinate all the commissioned teams of writers, directors, production & stage managers. The creative teams will share their theatrical experiences with current members and inspire the younger generation of theatre practitioners.

Rehearsals will take place in July and August and the original work will be premiered on Thursday 17 August 2017 at the Belltable. Two further performances will take place on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 August 2017.

17 - 19 August
061 953 400 or www.limetreetheatre.ie
31 July - 04 August

M.A.D Youth Theatre - Acting For Summer Masterclass

M.A.D Youth Theatre are holding an acting for camera summer workshop from 31 July - 04 August.

Venue: Creative Spark, Clontygora, Muirhevnamor, Dundalk, Co. Louth. 

Fun and Practical workshops for young people who are interested in auditioning for film and TV, creating film shorts for social media and Vlogs. At the end participants will receive a digital copy of their tape, head shot, amongst other things.
Text 083 1404 747 to book your place.

From Russia with Love

Authors Theatre Organisation (ATO) from Moscow, Russia and Dundalk's M.A.D Youth Theatre (MADYT) came together for an 8 day residential youth exchange in Carlingford in early July. The two groups previously meet before at a Youth Theatre Festival in Prague, Czech Republic. They received an Erasmus+ grant from the Irish national agency Léargas to make this exchange possible. Themed ‘Building Bonds Through Storytelling’, the project aimed to bring two different countries together to share their commonality and build an understanding of their differences. They exchanged and shared the ways they do theatre, they explored each other’s folklores and stories. The participants also engaged in the outdoor activities Carlingford Adventure centre had to offer.

The two groups exchanged stories, MADYT gave the legendary tale of Táin and ATO gave the popular Russian tale of The Frog Princess. They then took these stories and created a short performance. The groups where fascinated by these stories, ATO members where intrigued by how the Táin was tied into the heritage, culture and geography of Ireland and blown away by the magic and grandness of the Queen Meave and Warrior Cú Chulainn. The Frog Princess sparked curiosity and has all the ingredients for an epic tale of good versus evil and fighting for true love. The project was shared to a full venue at the Spirit Store and a stunning performance was given by ATO and MADYT of both stories.

MADYT are now hoping to head to Moscow in the near future!

M.A.D Youth Theatre wish to acknowledge all the supporters which made the project possible: Tescos Longwalk, local councillors, Carlingford Adventure Centre, Carlingford Town Hall, Gerry Ball, Louth Arts Office, Tain Committee, Dundalk Councillors and Erasmus +.

If you are 12 to 21 years old and have an interest in drama and want to take part in M.A.D Youth Theatres exciting drama programme. Contact Kwasie at 0831404747. Email ytfordundalk@gmail.com or find them on facebook @M.A.DYouthTheatre

31 July - 04 August

Activate Youth Theatre Update

Activate Youth Theatre attended the National Festival of Youth Theatre in Kilkenny in July. Some of their members will also make a trip to the The Peacock to see Activate Youth Theatre member Amaya Gillespie in The National Youth Theatre production of R.U.R. - Rossum’s Universal Robots.

In early August they will host a development week for writer Ellie Menton to bounce workshop ideas for her new script which they will develop with John McCarthy as part of their Young Ensemble Scheme project.  Activate will also take this opportunity to welcome new members and plan their activities for the next youth theatre term!

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21 July