01 March & 12-13 March

Leitrim Youth Theatre Company - The Sackville Rats

The Sackville Rats.

The children living in the tenements of Dublin during the 1916 rising may not have been aware of the political significance of what was unfolding, but they certainly knew an opportunity when they saw one.

The Sackville Rats is a tale about a young band of thieves who used the chaos of the rebellion to loot and steal from shops they had previously only dreamt of entering.

Based on true events, written and directed by Mary Blake for Carrigallen and Carrick-on-Shannon Youth Theatre.  Assisted by Aoife Teirney and Emily Sachs Eldridge.

The Dock Carrick-on-Shannon March 1
The Corn Mill Carrigallen March 12 and 13.

01 March & 12-13 March

Co LYT - Transnational Youth Initiative

Congratulations to County Limerick Youth Theatre (Co. LYT) who have recently been awarded funding through Youth In Action for a 24-month trans-national youth initiative to collaborate with a group of young people from Finland. Here is a description of the collaboration:

Ireland's 2016 centenary commemoration of the Easter Rising and Finland's centenary of independence in 2017 will be the most significant commemorative years for this generation of Finnish and Irish young people. It will provide opportunities to better understand the past, experience the jubilees together and set the course for these nations' future successes as European countries.

Fifteen young people from each country, aged 13-18, supported by a coach and a drama facilitator from each country, will explore themes based on their shared cultural experiences: "in spite of hard times, the people have for a hundred years engaged in the building of their country and making decisions together."

This is a two year trans-national youth initiative.  Thirty teenagers from rural youth theatre organisations in Ireland and Finland will use drama to create plays that tackle issues around independence and the creation of a republic.  With the support of four coaches/facilitators they will examine European citizenship themes and reflect their ideas in trans-national collaborative performances looking at nationalism through the lens of interculturalism.

Through using a drama methodology the young people will increase their basic and transversal skills and attend weekly youth theatre workshops, devise and perform plays for the public and use the Internet to collaborate with each other and deepen their conversation about project themes and ideas.  

They will have two trans-national meetings and together create an intercultural performance based on themes generated by exploring their history of the past 100 years from the perspective of being together in Europe.

The impact will be the promotion, empowerment and active participation of young people that is visible on a local and regional platform.  The long term benefits will be to upskill young people in social, civic, IT and entrepreneurial skills so that they can work towards creating more International theatre for a possible Limerick City of Culture 2020. (bid current)

15 - 17 April

Activate Youth Theatre - Salt Mountain

Activate Youth Theatre are excited to present Salt Mountain by Carmel Winters at Graffiti Theatre, Cork. 

Salt Mountain is a powerful and beautifully told story of a community struggling for survival when the tide of war sweeps through their valley.  To escape they seek shelter in the abandoned mines of Salt Mountain.  Can they find the strength to survive, the humanity to care for each other, the trust to work together, the courage to hold on?  Will the world hear their story? Will hope triumph over despair? This story captures the power of human spirt and the resilience of a people determined to hold their community together.

The show will be directed by Niall Cleary with a 16 strong cast of Activate members.

Fri April 15th 8pm, Sat April 16th 8pm and Sun 17th 3pm.

Salt Mountain was first produced by NAYD for the National Youth Theatre, Project Arts Centre, August 2015.

Activate Junior!

Physically Phishy Youth Theatre is changing it’s name to Activate Junior.  Most of the Activate Youth Theatre members have come up through the ranks of the Phishies and the youth theatre wants to mark the strong connection and bond that exists between the groups by sharing their name.  The groups share a space, a history, facilitators, and ethos. In 2016 they’ll strengthen that bond further and share an identity.

Activate Youth Theatre is for ages 15+ and Activate Junior will cater for 10-14 year olds.

Find out more about Activate Youth Theatre and Activate Junior.

15 - 17 April
Graffiti Theatre, Assumption Rd, Blackpool, Cork.
Tel: 021 4397111

Fracture Youth Theatre & Play Youth Theatre - Update


Tipperary Youth Theatre's Fracture YT and PLAY YT have had a busy year already and it's not even the mid term break yet!

The Napping and The Game, two short films devised by the group are currently in the editing process and everyone had a ball shooting with Asterix multimedia. Next stop...the oscars!

Both films explore identity and gender based around a game played by mischievous teenagers. Watch this space!

They have also recently welcomed their new assistant facilitator Deirdre Lennon and said a very sad goodbye to Niall Cleary.  They wish him the best of luck in Graffiti Theatre Company!

Find Out more about Fracture Youth Theatre

Find Out more about Play Youth Theatre 

Closing Date 04 March

Applications Open for Young Critics Programme

What is The Young Critics?

Returning for a thirteenth year, The Young Critics is one of NAYD’s most popular programmes.

It is open to youth theatre members who are interested in watching theatre, discovering how and why theatre is made, and learning how to critically discuss, analyse, and review theatre.

Over a six-month period they will see some incredible shows, make new friends and learn about the art of theatre criticism.

In a very exciting and innovative programme young people are given an opportunity to see quality productions, while developing their critical skills under the mentorship of international theatre critic and academic, Dr. Karen Fricker and Alan King, NAYD Youth Theatre Officer.

In order to offer individual advice and guidance on developing each young person’s critical skills, places on the programme are limited to 16. Those who are interested should apply through their youth theatre before Friday March 4th.

What happens during the Young Critics?

The Young Critics will meet in Dublin from Friday April 22nd to Sunday April 24th for the first time and again in October. Over the two weekends the Young Critics will attend at least four theatre productions, and participate in workshops and discussions with the mentors.

In October, the group will meet up in Dublin again to see further productions, take part in more workshops and participate in a public panel discussion.

In between the two residential weekends, the Young Critics will be encouraged and supported to go and see other local productions, write some reviews and contribute to the Young Critics blog through vlogs and written reviews.


How do I apply to take part in Young Critics?

Participation in the programme is free: accommodation, food, theatre tickets and travel costs are covered by NAYD.

It is open to youth theatre members who will be aged 16 - 20 by April 1st 2016. We are looking for young people who are comfortable meeting new people, working in a highly focused way and are not afraid to share their thoughts and opinions with each other.

To be a Young Critic you must be fully available for both weekends. You must also be available to take part in online discussions and organise a theatre trip in your own area in between the two residential weekends. You be supported by NAYD, your own youth theatre and your local venues to do this.

NAYD will have welfare leaders in place on both weekends to ensure the wellbeing and safety of all participants. 

Download and print off full information on Young Critics 2016

If you are interested in the programme, please download and  fill out the Application Form  and return by post only to:

Young Critics Programme, NAYD, 7, North Great George’s Street, Dublin 1 by Friday March 4th at 5pm

Watch some former Young Critics Talk about the Young Critics Programme.

Read about one young person’s experience on Young Critics 2014.

If you need further information please contact NAYD:

Office phone: 01 878 1301
  Mobile (during the events): 086 829 5851
Email: Alan King 

Closing Date 04 March

Keep up to Date

Sign up for the NAYD Newsletter


‘An amazing, life changing experience…’ Young Critic 2015. 3 weeks left to get your applications in. ow.ly/YdAbf

11 February