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 is part of Youth Theatre Ireland’s commitment to developing youth theatre members’ awareness and appreciation of the aesthetic of theatre. The 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.
The 2020 iteration of Young Critics, has like most events globally, been deeply affected by the COVID19 pandemic. So instead of bringing our group to Dublin for their first weekend together in April, we are running a selection of their initial reviews on the Young Critics Blog. These reviews were submitted as part of their Young Critics application. As such, they represent the first steps on their Young Critics journey. We hope you enjoy them.
Find out more about the Young Critics experience here.
This video was created as part of the Performing Arts Learning Support (PALS) pilot initiative. This was a partnership between the Arts Council, the Association of Teachers'/Education Centres in Ireland (ATECI), the Abbey Theatre, the Dublin Theatre Festival and Youth Theatre Ireland. Video Maker: Kilian Waters
How to Get Involved
Youth Theatre members are invited to apply early in the year and they must be a current member of 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.
This video was created as part of the Performing Arts Learning Support (PALS) pilot initiative. This was a partnership between the Arts Council, the Association of Teachers'/Education Centres in Ireland (ATECI), the Abbey Theatre, the Dublin Theatre Festival and Youth Theatre Ireland. Video Maker: Peter Kelly