COVID-19 Resources for Youth Theatres

This page is dedicated to resources, news, research and insights to help those of you working with young people during the COVID19 pandemic. We will be creating our own original content and will be sharing information from sister organisations and reputable souces only.

We will be updating this page regularly. Last Update: 14 September.


Back in the Circle: Guidance on Re-opening Your Youth Theatre is a resource developed by Youth Theatre Ireland to support Youth Theatres as they move towards re-opening. This resource seeks to highlight issues from governmental guidance which may be of relevance to your youth theatre in terms of the timeline for re-opening and guidance on organisational responsibilities. We have created the following documents to assist youth theatres in the re-opening process:

The Department of Children & Youth Affairs have published GUIDANCE FOR YOUTH ORGANISATIONS ON RESUMING FULL SERVICES AFTER COVID-19 (Updated 21 August)

The Government of Ireland. On this page, this page you'll find the latest information on how Ireland is responding to cases of COVID-19. The message is to Stay Safe - you are urged to use your own judgement and take personal responsibility for protecting yourself, your friends and your family.

On this page you can view the latest information updates on COVID-19.

The HSE provides all of Ireland's public health services in hospitals and communities across the country. Please visit Health Service Executive (HSE Ireland) for all the latest information on COVID-19.


Garda Vetting

Our Garda Vetting Service Reopened on April 27th for all you vetting requirements.As the situation with COVID-19 is ongoing and so many of you are working online with your groups, we want to be able to support you to the fullest at this time and so have relooked at how best we can reinstate the vetting service.

Access information and application procedure here

Safety Tips for Working with Young People Online

Due to current circumstances, we all find ourselves working remotely and communicating a lot more online with young people has become the new norm. Youth Theatre Ireland have issued guidance on working safely online to affiliate youth theatres. Some helpful tips are summarised here for general use.




#YouthTheatreTuesdays in a initative  of Youth Theatre Ireland. Due to the restricitions of movement and the gatherings of large numbers due to the COVID19 health emergency, this is a way for our communitry to stay connected and share practice.

Each Tuesday, youth theatre leaders come together in a video conference to share ideas, insights and inspirational ways to keep their programmes on track in an online space.

These  notes are more of an aid memoire  rather than an extensive write up of any exercise or idea.

Back in the Circle – Inclusion & What’s Worked So Far? – July 28th 2020

Back in the Circle - Guidance on Re-opening Your Youth Theatre- Jun 23rd 2020

Skill Share - NFYT Facilitator’s Ciarán Gray & Ruth Lehane June 16th 2020

Skill Share - NFYT Facilitator’s Nicholas Kavanagh & Emma Fisher June 9th 2020

Making Theatre Online: Theatre Uncut May 26th 2020

Skill Share - Getting Physical In The Online Space May 19th 2020

Skill Share - Adapting Workshop Exercises for the Online Space Part 3  May 12th 2020

Dear Ireland with Phillip McMahon & Deirdre Molloy May 5th 2020

Home Recording Workshop with Heather Troy Whelan April 28th 2020

Reflections On The First Month - What Next? April 21st 2020

Skill Share - Adapting Workshop Exercises for the Online Space Part 2  April 7th 2020

Skill Share - Adapting Workshop Exercises for the Online Space March 31st 2020 



What is digital youth work?

During the COVID19 pandemic the use digital youth work has been accelerated and in many contexts being explored for the very first time.

Digital youth work means proactively using or addressing digital media and technology in youth work. Digital youth work is not a youth work method – digital youth work can be included in any youth work setting (open youth work, youth information and counselling, youth clubs, detached youth work, etc.). 

The European Guidelines for Digital Youth Work have been designed to clearly define Digital Youth Work, its impact and the value of youth work as an important educational practice which can empower young people in a digitalising society.

SEEYN -South East European Youth Network is a network organization. 'Our vision is to create a place where youth worker, trainer, educator, young person, or anyone curious about anything digital connected with youth work and non-formal education, could find theoretical and practical inputs about the topics.'

The DIGI YOUTH PORTAL is availble here. Everything you ever wanted to know about online learning and digital tools in Youth Work.

Skill IT. Digital Pathways for youth work . The Skill IT for Youth project is a European initiative aiming to increase the quality of youth work, combining higher levels of excellence and attractiveness in services, obtained through the digitalisation of youth work, with increased opportunities for young people. The Training Toolkit for Youth Workers & Educators to Deliver Digital Skills to Young People may be especially useful. 

Youth trainer Dan Moxon has collated an open resource to share tools, tips and practices on online youth work and participation. There are lots of really interesting resources to check out.


The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI)  is the representative body for voluntary youth organisations in Ireland. Their dedicated COVID19 Support and Resources Page can be found here 

Youth Theatre Arts Scotland have built a dedicated page around supporting youth theatre and youth arts workers there. Visit Youth Theatre Arts Scotland dedicated COVID19 page here

As this a UK based organisation there may be information and advice around funding, Government Policy and Public Health that is not applicable to Republic Of Ireland.

The Arts Council of Ireland is the Irish government agency for developing the arts.The Arts Council's COVID-19 response page is here 

Theatre Forum’s purpose is to strengthen Ireland’s performing arts community, and to advance its interests to ensure a sustainable future. 

A member led organistion, their website can be accessed here including Reopening Arts Centres – Guidelines . Published May 18th.

The National Campaign for the Arts  is a volunteer-led, grassroots movement that makes the case for the arts in Ireland. They  work to ensure that the arts are on national and local government agendas and are recognised as a vital part of contemporary Irish life.

They launched their National Arts Recovery Plan on May 28th.

The Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance is a national organisation representing everyone who believes that cultural engagement can transform our health and wellbeing. Their dedicated COVID19 response page is here 

As this a UK based organisation there may be information and advice around funding, Government Policy and Public Health that is not applicable to Republic Of Ireland.


Are you and your members missing their live theatre fix while our venues are dark? We have collected a list of online productions and archives that may be of interest. Some are free, and others are paid services. Please be aware the age appropriateness of any material you share with your members.

Theatre Resources for Isolation has been complied by Ollie Jones and is availble here. Comtans links accross five categories of Read, Watch, Listen, Write and Workshops snd  there is something for theatre lovers eveywhere.

Abbey Theatre -Dear Ireland. A national conversation led by Ireland’s artists 50 writers, 50 actors. Dear Ireland was screened in four parts from Tuesday 28 April – Friday 1 May on  Abbey's YouTube channel. Parts One – Four: All 50 monologues available online for six months

Scottish Youth Theatre have adapted their 2020 programme for the online space. Interesting to see what they’re up to…

Theatre Uncut have a really interesting project called Bubble by Kieran Hurley. It's a play about freedom of speech, set entirely on Facebook. Described as “an online theatre performance”, the narrative unfolds through characters’ video posts and aims to replicate the online experience. Bubble was availble free until June 30th.

Theatre Uncut have provided a Resouce on Creating Digital Theatre here.

National Youth Theatre (England) – Digital work including NYT online auditions, partnership with Tik Tok, Digital Storytelling course etc. and use of digital theatre in productions.

Drama For Youth Work is an innovation project funded under the Key Action 2 of the Erasmus+ programme that aims at creating tools so that youth workers can use drama exercises in their daily work to deal with social inclusion issues. Available here.

The Axis in Ballymun #Axischats is a series of conversations with leading artists. Hosted by Artistic Director Mark O'Brien, includes a conversation with Colin O'Donoghue, who talks about his experiences as a youth theatre member. 

Frantic Assembly – have some digital resources online around recent productions and videos led by their Associates to help people develop their own physical theatre pieces / warm-ups different things! at home. 

Headlong Theatre- Headlong / Century Films / BBC Arts partner for Unprecedented: Real Time Theatre from a State of Isolation, a series of short, digital plays written and performed in isolation, which will be broadcast across the UK during lockdown as part of Culture in Quarantine. 

Homemakers is series of new commissions inviting theatre and live art makers to create new works at home, for an audience who are also at home.

Plaster Cast Theatre’s new work, Homelands explores what happens when everything you know has been turned upside down. In a limited series of 50 hand-written short stories, sent by post to ticket-holders, participants are thrown into the centre of an imagined world and asked to creatively respond to the upheaval they find themselves in.

National Theatre of Scotland. Scenes for Survival - An alternative theatrical online programme is being offered to isolated audiences across Scotland and beyond. This programme has also been curated to support the Scottish theatre sector and creatives during the current critical situation.

Guardian theatre critic Mark Fisher, author of How to Write About Theatre, is offering online theatre criticism workshops for over 18's. 

The Stage has a good account of UK theatre’s digital response to the Coronavirus. There are some good links, resources and streaming ideas here.


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