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 COVID-19 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: 12 January


Following updated guidance issued by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) on Jan 5th, all youth theatres affiliated to Youth Theatre Ireland should move exclusively to remote delivery of activities during the current period of restrictions.

The supplemental measures described in the Jan 2021 DCEDIY letter, 'Re: Guidance for DCEDIY funded youth services and organisations in light of the current public health restrictions' are over and above the Level 5 restrictions set out in the published Guidance for Youth Work Organisations, which is not expected to be updated during the current restrictions. Please note that the DCEDIY Jan 2021 letter does outline some circumstances where the delivery of essential, 'in-person', youth work support for at-risk or vulnerable young people or young people in crisis can continue during the current restrictions and lists some guidance for that type of service delivery.

The above DCEDIY guidance supercedes Youth Theatre Ireland's 'Back in the Circle: Guidance On Operating Affiliated Youth Theatres under COVID Public Health Measures' (2020) which was based on DCEDIY's published 'Guidance for Youth Work Organisations' (2020).

Thinking optimistically about the coming year, youth theatres may still wish to access Youth Theatre Ireland resources designed to support the process of delivering 'in-person' work with young people whenever it is allowed again by public health measures:


Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY)

Government of Ireland

  • You can view the Government's latest information on Coronavirus and government measures here.


  • You can access the HSE's information and guidance on COVID-19 here.



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.

From the start of lockdown in March, youth theatre leaders come together through video conferencing each Tuesday. Leaders shared ideas, insights, and inspirational ways to keep their programmes on track. As some restrictions eased towards the end of the summer, the meetings became fortnightly.

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

Re-Opening Q & A - Sept 8th 2020

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.

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. 

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

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UCC Youth Theatre is back on Tues 19th Jan for its weekly online classes with Julie O’Leary – open to young people……

14 January