Waterford Youth Arts - Upcoming Events

The Lit.

The Lit Festival of Reading and Writing is Ireland's first dedicated literature festival for teenagers run by teenagers. It was enabled though a grant from the Arts Council's Young Ensembles Scheme. This project is run by the older members from Creative Writing section of Waterford Youth Arts and facilitated by tutor Eimear Cheasty.

The Lit offers a number of different workshops and readings from many acclaimed authors/writers including Colm Keegan, Dave Lordan, Lisa McInerney, Kevin Barry and many more.

There are workshops for all young people interested in reading, writing and literature. There will also be lots of opportunities for young people themselves to create new work, film events and open mic sessions.

The Lit takes place at various venues in Waterford City on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th November. It will include an opportunity for Dublin teenagers to travel down to Waterford on Saturday 11th while experiencing a live writing workshop on the train. Through sponsorship by Irish Rail, they will have an exclusive carriage for this workshop event called 'Writers in Training'  and then a full day in Waterford participating with all the activities before returning on the 6.25pm train. Prices are extremely affordable €25 for train journey and full day of workshops.

For more information and to book visit The Lit Young Writers website.

Horribly Historic Trails

As part of the Imagine Arts Festival 2017 Waterford Youth Arts will create a new promenade story to scare all the young children of Waterford! Called Horribly Historical Trails they will explore the city’s dark history and folk stories and turn them into a scary history trail that happens around the city's Viking Triangle. The show will happen nightly at 7.30pm during the Imagine Arts Festival and bring a Halloween flavour to the festival.

It will be performed by WYA drama older members aged 15 – 19 years and is directed and written by Martina Collender. The Festival takes place from 19 - 29 October. For more information


Griese Youth Theatre - Create Your own Film! & New Youth Theatre term

Griese Ballitore Young Film Makers (an initiative of Griese Youth Theatre) present – Create your own Film!

Are you interested in writing, directing, starring in your own film? Then this course could be for you!

Ages 13 -18
When: Tuesday 31 October – Friday 03 November
Time: 10am – 4pm daily
Where: The Meeting House, Balitore, Co. Kildare.

Write, Direct and Star in your Own Movie.
This exciting course offers participants the opportunity to experience the world of filmmaking first hand. You will be introduced to all aspects of the filmmaking process including script writing, directing, camera and sound operation, lighting, acting for camera and set design.This is a valuable chance to get real hands on experience with professional film equipment and to get creative writing and making your very own short film.

What happens when the course is finished?
A few weeks after the course is finished there will be a screening of the films made and all participants will be given a copy of the films on DVD. Make sure to come along to the screening as we will be announcing exciting news about an upcoming young filmmakers group in Balitore.

Course Tutor
Peter Kelly, independent filmmaker and creative director of Tallaght Young Filmmakers.

For Booking and Further Information
Contact Leish Burke: 0877528398 or

Griese Youth Theatre - New Term Begins!
Enrollment for the new term of Griese Youth Theatre takes place on Tuesday 05 September between 3 - 8pm. 

First years meet on Fridays from 6-7.30pm. Second years also on Fridays from 7.30 - 9.30pm. All workshops take place in the Meeting House Ballitore, Co. Kildare. 


Cabinteely Youth Theatre seeks committee members


Do you have good leadership skills, and would like to give back to Cabinteely Youth Theatre? Well here's your chance! Cabinteely Youth Theatre are looking for people over the age of 18 to join their new committee.

On Friday 6th October, they will be holding a committee information session from 6-7 in St Angela’s Hall, Cabinteely Community School. The youth theatre is seeking five committee members to come on board to help shape the future of the youth theatre. For more information on the role, and commitment visit:, or contact Mark/Lloyd at

Cabinteely Youth Theatre has been in a very busy period with the stepping down of their long-term facilitator Fiona Lester.  With the help of Rhona Dunnett from Youth Theatre Ireland, the two new youth theatre leaders (Mark Ball & Lloyd Collins) have been setting up new structures for the future of the youth theatre, which celebrated its 35th Anniversary this year.
St. Angela's Hall, Cabinteely Community School.

Galway Community Circus Autumn News!

After a busy summer season, Galway Community Circus is now two weeks into our Autumn Term with many youth circus projects planned over the next couple of months. Here is a preview of what’s coming up this Autumn:

Galway Community Circus received funding from the Arts Council to run a Creative Lab programme for young people to explore using circus arts in a cross-art form context, expanding their knowledge and experience of the creative arts.

The 3 Labs are planned for October mid-term break 2017.

Circus goes Urban- brings together street artists, Finbar 247 and Shane O’Malley, with circus artists Davi Hora and Alex Allison from Maletta company and parkour specialist Jack English. Over five days young people will get a chance to explore circus, parkour and street art culminating in a 2-day street art workshop during which the youth participants will use the moves they have learnt to compose a fluid piece of art on the walls of our Circus Training Space in Galway Community Circus.

Robotic Circus- Collaborative partners in this project are SAP and CoderDojo. The project aims to explore the creative possibilities when mixing circus, coding and technology. During the Lab the participants will explore the connection between live movement and virtual reality; how different circus skills such as acrobatics, balancing and juggling can interact with technological tools including Scratch, censors and sphero robots provided by SAP. They will discover ways for circus to bring the ‘A’ in STEAM by sharing and learning important skills in the areas of circus, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, design, and computer programming.

The third Creative lab project is Larger than Life - an annual collaboration with Macnas where the youth circus members get to further their skills in stilt and processional performance and acquire a deeper understanding of the importance of character development, performance presentation, audience interaction and the intensity of performing to a crowd of 50,000 people through the streets of Galway on Sunday October 29th where everything you do must be 'Larger than Life'!

This June Galway Community Circus was awarded the Engage and Educate Award from Social Innovation Fund Ireland and Mason Hayes and Curran for our programme Ready, Steady, Circus… enabling them to deliver the programme to 5 DEIS schools from the local and wider Galway area this Autumn. They  are now two weeks into their 10-week circus arts programme designed to improve personal readiness skills such as resilience, determination, confidence and more. The programme also encourages a creative approach to many areas and strands of the curriculum, engaging students and encouraging teachers to teach through a variety of imaginative and artistic methods.

Wires Crossed is a four-year European project on circus arts and well-being, focusing on funambulism with ten circus school partners from across Europe as one of the anchor projects of Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture. The first year of the project 2017 focuses on Erasmus+ funded partnership between Ecole de Cirque du Bruxelles (Brussels), Cabawazi (Berlin) and Galway Community Circus through which GCC ran the first European 3-week training for trainer’s course, bringing together 12 trainers from Ireland, Brussels and Germany. Training opportunities were hosted by each partner organisations, culminating in the crossing of a 40m wide and 10m high canal in Brussels in September and crossing of the Claddagh Pool in Galway in November. 

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Lightbulb Youth Theatre Culture Night Workshop

Lightbulb Youth Theatre, Mallow, hosted a demonstration workshop on 22 September as part of Culture Night.

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County Carlow Youth Theatre Update

Here's all the latest from County Carlow Youth Theatre

CCYT are delighted to be running a younger group again for this last quarter of the year, the group resumed on Sept 11th. This group was the subject of a successful Creative Ireland Grant Application made by the youth theatre in August. They plan to use the grant in the creation of a piece with this age group around Halloween. The older 15 - 19 yrs group is at capacity for the remainder of the term. Sinead Bolger formerly of Arts Train and Waterford Youth Arts is facilitating with CCYT and they are delighted to have her on board while wishing Eimear Cheasty congratulations on the birth of their daughter Nora! 

Culture Night was a fantastic success for the YT, holding two back to back workshops in Introduction to basic Drama Approach and Improvisation Games and Skills.  Both workshops were packed to capacity on the stage of the GB Shaw Theatre.

John Sutton (youth theatre member) was selected to be County Carlow's Culture Ambassador for Culture Night, this was a great honor for one of the members as John was asked to visit with Arts Office Staff and attend a number of events while reviewing them for an upcoming piece for the Carlow Nationalist. It was an innovative use of the role and there is no doubt that John will write something very readable!

To find out more about County Carlow Youth Theatre, visit their Facebook page. 


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