Young Critics

Young critics was an amazing experience and it was one of the best things I've done in youth theatre.

Young Critic 2014

The Young Critics Programme brings youth theatre members together to:

  • attend workshops in the critique of professional theatre
  • attend professional performances at leading Irish festivals
  • give their own critiques of the performances at the Young Critics Panel

The Young Critics continues to be one of Youth Theatre Ireland’s most popular programmes. It is aimed at youth theatre members who are interested in watching, critically discussing and reviewing theatre. Participants come together for at least two residential weekends during the year. The final weekend features the Young Critics Panel; a public discussion forum that takes place in October at the Dublin Theatre Festival.


NAYD Young Critics Forum 20min from PALS Pilot on Vimeo.

Programme partners for Young Critics include: Dr. Karen Fricker, theatre critic and academic and Dublin Theatre Festival.

How to Get Involved

Youth Theatre members are invited to apply early in the year and they must be nominated by an Youth Theatre Ireland affiliated youth theatre. Those applying are asked to submit a short review of a production they have attended. Sixteen participants are chosen. Participants must be aged 16–20.

Since 2012 the Young Critics have been contributing original written reviews to the Young Critics Blog. Since 2014, the Young Critics have also been adding video blog reviews to the site. Increasingly the Young Critics are engaging with new ways to develop the art of theatre criticism and new modes of engaging with an audience.

Follow the Young Critics Blog and read about one young person's  journey as a Young Critic in 2014.

See what some former Young Critics have to say about the programme.

Young critics programme from PALS Pilot on Vimeo.

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