This year we are celebrating 20 years of our Young Critics Programme at Youth Theatre Ireland! We kicked off the year at Cork Midsummer Festival from the 21st to the 23rd of June.
The Young Critics saw three shows over the Cork Midsummer Festival: Trojans, by Phillip Connaughton; FreeFalling by Georgina Miller; and The Four Lovers, by The Circus Factory. This experience culminated in a public panel hosted at Cork Arts Theatre, where our youth theatre members presented their opinions and views to the public.
They presented their views at a public panel hosted at the Cork Arts Theatre.
The programme this year is led by Rebecca Feely, National Programme Co-Ordinator and esteemed academic and theatre critic, Dr. Karen Fricker.
From the back starting left to right, the young critics for 2023 are:
Patrick Earley Mulcahy, Activate Youth Theatre, Co. Cork
Cathal Ronan, Carlow Youth Theatre, Co. Carlow
Dean Cahill, PoD Youth Theatre, Co. Cavan
Ethan McCarron, Monaghan Youth Theatre, Co. Monaghan
Aoibheann Ní Fhaoláin, Mountrath Youth Theatre, Co. Laois
Emma Davis, Mill Youth Theatre, Co. Dublin
Wiktor Koper, WACT Youth Theatre, Co. Wexford
Joshua Kelly, Fracture Youth Theatre, Co. Tipperary
Emma Fanning, Act Out Youth Theatre, Co. Meath
Lily Moore, Mr. Sands Youth Theatre, Co. Wicklow
Rue Patterson, Co. Limerick Youth Theatre, Co. Limerick
Millie Starr Bourke, Cabinteely Youth Theatre, Co. Dublin
Ruth Cunningham, Roscommon Youth Theatre, Co. Roscommon
Maiú Levi Lawlor, Making Waves Youth Theatre, Co. Wicklow
The Young Critics will be attending the National Youth Theatre Production of Like We Were Born to Move, by Eimear Hussey, in August 2023 at The Peacock Theatre and will participate in a short panel after the Saturday matinee show.
You can find the Young Critics reviews on their blog here and find out more about our programme here.