Youth Theatre Ireland Publications

Youth Theatre Ireland members can avail of a special members purchase price on all publications.

Laying the Foundations
Introducing Forum Theatre: Workshop Resource Pack
Youth Theatre Ireland
Step By Step Together: Drama and Development Education in the Primary Classroom
Step By Step Educational Drama: A Cross-Curricular Use of Drama in the Classroom

Laying the Foundations

Laying the Foundations: a guide to youth drama facilitation is a programme of ten drama workshops accompanied by notes for facilitators and advice on the process of facilitating a youth drama group, all presented in an easily accessible format that can be referred to again and again.

Authored by Youth Theatre Ireland’s National Training Coordinator, Dave Kelly, this book has been written for all drama facilitators, trainee drama facilitators, new youth theatre leaders, senior youth theatre members, teachers and youth workers who want to develop their drama facilitation skills.

The book is a comprehensive manual for facilitators and it includes:

  • Plans for ten drama workshops
  • Guidance notes for each workshop
  • Advice on good drama facilitation practice

For pricing information or to purchase a copy of Laying the Foundations, please email Shelley Troupe at Member discounts are available.

Music Downloads

The following musical excerpts are audio resources for exercises that appear in Laying the Foundations

Download Listen Here Momma

Download Spirit of the Wind

Introducing Forum Theatre: Workshop Resource Pack

Forum Theatre is a form of interactive theatre developed by the late Brazilian theatre director, Augusto Boal, as part of his ‘Theatre of the Oppressed’. Forum Theatre empowers the audience to actively explore different options for dealing with shared problems and motivates them to make positive changes in their own lives. The resource is free to download.

This resource is supported under the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity—PROGRESS (2007–2013).

Download Introducing Forum Theatre: Workshop Resource Pack. (44 pages, 1.4 MB)

PlayShare—Volume One

PlayShare—Volume One (ISBN: 0-9540953-1-6
) is Youth Theatre Ireland’s first published collection of plays for performance by young people. The collection features five plays written by Mark O’Rowe, Gerry Stembridge, Veronica Coburn, Max Hafler and Ciarán Gray. The plays explore issues of love, death, loyalty, friendship, violence and the struggle to be oneself in the face of social pressure.

With cast sizes of 8–16 characters, a variety of settings from a side-street in Galway to a Dublin estate to a Paris hotel, and styles ranging from gritty realism to a rhythm piece to impressionistic ensemble work, PlayShare presents a series of comic and tragic contemporary tales for youth theatre and drama groups.

PlayShare—Volume One costs €14 + €5.70 postage. 
Youth Theatre Ireland members enjoy a €4 discount (€10 + €5.70 postage). 

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Youth Theatre Ireland

Youth Theatre Ireland is the must-read annual journal for the youth theatre sector. As well as the national round-up of youth theatre activity, it feature over 50 pages of news, interviews, articles, reports, workshops, book reviews and ideas. Youth Theatre Ireland is available free of charge.

The 2017 edition is now available! The theme for this edition is 'In The Making' and the focus is on exploring the distinctive practice of youth theatre from different perspectives including writing, devising and gender equality. Among the features are an article on gender by Lucy Kerbal of Tonic Theatre (UK) with the Irish perspective contributed by Lian Bell and Dr. Brenda Donohue. Max Hafler provides advice on working with Voice and the Chekhov Technique with young performers. The youth theatre round-up section celebrates the achievements of youth theatres around the country. There are reviews of the latest theatre publications and so much more...

Back issues (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005–6, 2006–7, 2007–8, 2008–9 2009–10, 2011–12, 2012-13, 2014, 2015 - 16) are also available.

Contact Katie to order your copy of Youth Drama Ireland.


Intermission is our monthly members’ e-newsletter featuring news about Youth Theatre Ireland training, events, festivals and activities, as well as details about Youth Theatre productions happening every month around Ireland. Intermission is also the best source of national and international youth arts news.

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Step by Step Together: Drama & Development Education in the Primary Classroom

Step by Step Together is the second book in the Step by Step Educational Drama Series. It is written by two of Ireland’s most experienced educational drama practitioners, Joanna Parkes and Sarah FitzGibbon, and contains a new collection of educational drama schemes that have been tried and tested in the classroom.

For this book, the particular focus is using drama to explore development education in the primary classroom. Schemes explore topics such as fair trade, workers’ rights, the environment, sustainable development and emigration.

As with the first publication in the series, Step by Step Educational Drama, the handbook format ensures that the schemes are easy to use and clearly divided according to specific classes and age groups.
Cost: €28 + €8.90 postage.
 There is a special Youth Theatre Ireland member rate of €18 + €8.90 postage.

How to order
You can order a copy by downloading the order form below and sending it with a cheque or postal order to: Youth Theatre Ireland, 7 North Great George’s Street, Dublin 1

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Additonal Session: 1908—Passage To America

This is an additional session to complement the 1908—Passage to America scheme included in Step by Step Together. It can be added between session 2 and Session 3 of the original scheme, but can also be used on its own to explore the similarities and differences between the modern Irish classroom and school in 1908.

Download Additional Session: 1908—Passage To America (4 pages, 280k)


Bola’s Message from The Flying Boat Scheme

This file is a resource for Session 4 of The Flying Boat scheme in Youth Theatre Ireland’s publication Step by Step Together.

Download Bola’s Message (WAV file 748k)

How to download this file: Clicking on the link should automatically open your media player and play the sound. This will not save it to your computer. In order to download it, you need to do the following:

Mac Users: Hold down the control key and click the link. Choose the option ‘Save link as’ and you can choose the location where you want to save the file. You can then add it to your iTunes Library and can play it on an MP3 Player or save it to disc.

PC Users: Clicking on the link should open Windows Media Player. From there you will be able to copy the track to CD or another device.

Step by Step Educational Drama: A Cross-Curricular Use of Drama in the Classroom

Step by Step (ISBN: 0954095324
) is an accessible and practical guide to bringing the new Irish Educational Drama Curriculum to life in your classroom.

Written by Joanna Parkes and Sarah Fitzgibbon, two of Ireland’s most experienced drama practitioners, it contains a collection of their most popular and successful educational drama schemes, tested and delivered in over 21 primary schools from inner-city Dublin to rural Donegal. As a result these schemes have been enjoyed and appreciated by 70 teachers and over 2,000 pupils.

The approach is cross-curricular and the book is designed in an easy-to-use handbook format with schemes clearly divided according to age group.

Step by Step is currently available for online purchase through Outside the Box Learning Resources. To order a copy, please visit their website by clicking here

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