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Join A Youth Theatre: Youth Theatre Open Days

There has never been a better time to join a youth theatre!  Groups all around the country are taking on new members and many have open days where you can get a taste of what it is like to be a youth theatre member. If a youth theatre in your locality isn't mentioned here, check out the Find A Youth Theatre page. You can also find out more about the experience of being a youth theatre member.

Free Radicals Youth Theatre (Tralee, Co. Kerry) are offering a taster workshop on Saturday 27th September from 4pm - 7pm. All welcome!
The venue is Siamsa Tíre. Membership is open to those aged 15 - 20.
For more information, contact Fran or Catríona on 066-7123055 or by email. You can also check out their Facebook page.

Boolabus Youth Theatre (Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin) are beginning their new term on Saturday 20th September.
Workshop from 12pm - 2pm. Age 14yrs to 18yrs
Drama facilitator is Jed Murray
Venue: Boylan Centre, Sussex Street, Dun Laoghaire
For more information, contact Lorraine on 01- 2844085 or by email.
New Members Welcome!

WACT (Wexford Artists Community Theatre) Youth Theatre are holding registration evenings for new and current members. Those interested will get to chat to existing members and experiene a youth theatre workshop.
New Ross: Thursday 4th September, 3pm - 5pm, St. Michael's Theatre
Enniscorthy: Tuesday 9th September, 5pm - 8pm, The Presentation Centre
Wexford Town: Friday 12th September, 5pm - 8pm, Studio 1, Drinagh, (Beside McDonalds)
Visit the WACT Youth Theatre Facebook Page

Cabinteely Youth Theatre (Dublin) are having an Open Day, including a drama workshop, on Friday 5th September from 4.30pm - 6.30pm
Venue: St. Angela's Hall, Cabinteely Community School
Open to all young people of secondary school going age.
For more information, contact Fiona Lester on 087-2399467

Carlow Youth Theatre are welcoming new members. 
To register, go to the CRYS Building, Montgomery House, Athy Road and fill out a membership form. Registration opens 1st September.
Workshops start Monday 15th September. Workshop Times: 11-14 yrs from 5.30pm to 7pm and 15-19 yrs from 7.30 to 9.30pm
The youth theatre is delighted to be holding workshops in their new venue, The Town Hall Theatre Space
For more information, email Carlow Youth Theatre. Visit their Facebook Page.

Dublin Youth Theatre are holding their annual Open Day on Saturday 20th September from 11am - 4pm in DYT House, 23 Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin 1
At the Open Day, young people attending will be asked to fill in an application form and then will be invited to attend a workshop audition.
Membership is open to those aged 14 - 22
Visit the Dublin Youth Theatre website to find out more.

M.A.D Youth Theatre (Dundalk) will be holding their Open Days on 9th September and 12th September at 5.30pm.
Open to all young people aged 12 to 21 with an interest in drama.
Venue: Coffee Room, Unit 1-2 Northlink Business Park, Coes Road (Bypass), Dundalk
For more details, send them an email or visit their Facebook page.

Limerick Youth Theatre will soon be holding auditions for 16 - 23 year olds
Open auditions take place on Saturday 4th October at 11am
Venue: LYT, The Basement, 73 O'Connell Street, Limerick
Auditions for LYT's Transition Youth Theatre Project will take place next February.
For more information and application forms for both these opportunities, phone 061-311100, send LYT an email or visit their website.

Griese Youth Theatre (Ballitore, Co. Kildare), celebrated their 15th birthday recently, and they are holding an enrollment day for new and current members on Thursday 4th September from 3pm - 7pm.
Venue: Meeting House, Ballitore
Membership of the youth theatre is open to those who are in second year in secondary school or older. There is also a pre-youth theatre group for those in first year.
For more information, contact Leish Burke on 087-7528398 or by email.
Find out more about Griese Youth Theatre by visiting their Facebook page.

Roscommon County Youth Theatre, now in its 14th year is back in full swing this autumn with a fun packed exciting programme for budding actors 14+. +. Workshops re commence October 4th with an Open Day at 10.30am for current & new members to sign up for the year. For further information contact Catherine Sheridan on or 086 874 7024 or Ruadhan Mew on 0872874779.

Find out more about Roscommon County Youth Theatre by visiting their website.

Clare Youth Theatre is having an Open Day on Sept 20th.
If you are in secondary school and have an interest in theatre, writing, lighting, design, acting or directing come along to meet some like minded teens. If interested you can reserve a place through Glor at 065 6843103

Find out more about Clare Youth Theatre through their Facebook page. 

Complex Youth Theatre (Dublin 7) are holding two workshop auditions on Saturday 11th October at 11am and 1pm.
They are taking place at CYT, 51 Benburb Street, Dublin 7 (opposite Museum Luas stop).
Booking is essential. You can download an application form by visiting their website:
For more details, phone 01-5446922 or send Complex Youth Theatre an email.

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Leitrim Youth Theatre Company -  Carrigallen

LYTC - Carrigallen are busy making plans for the year ahead. Workshops for Juniors and Seniors recommence the week beginning 22nd September. The juniors are facilitated by Mary Blake, Yvonne Heijeneman and Aoife Tierney. This group are working towards a performance for March/April 2015.

The senior group will be experimenting with a draft script of a new play by Maura Williamson for their 10th year celebration to take place in February/March 2015. Numbers are very high and they are hoping to bring on a second group in the senior sessions. Theatre is buzzing in Carrigallen after the local Corn Mill Theatre Company won the All Ireland drama finals title in Athlone in May, with The Devils Ceili.  The Youth Theatre are also very proud of Vinny McBrien who took part in the NYT Lab.

Keep up to date with developments by visiting their Facebook page.

Week of 22nd September
8 - 11 October

Dublin Youth Theatre - Spring Awakening

DYT is delighted once again to be presenting work as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival. They will present Wedekinds Spring Awakening at Axis Arts Centre Ballymun October 8th to 11th 2014.

Spring Awakening is a fearless portrayal of the lives of young people growing up in a repressive society. It is a play about discovery, desire and the loss of innocence. Teenage friends share their insecurities and deepest fears. Children strive to make their parents proud at all costs. Young men and women, curious and confused by unfamiliar impulses, make rash decisions – with heart-breaking consequences.

Though written at the end of the 19th century, this classic of European drama still resonates today. It casts a light on some of our own society’s enduring taboos, and navigates the difficult and often distressing journey through adolescent sexuality. Following their thoughtful and touching production of I’ve to Mind Her in 2013, Dublin Youth Theatre return to the festival a fresh take on Wedekind’s lyrical text.

With a cast of 14 young people and 4 adult alumni of DYT Spring Awakening is directed by Hungarian Director Gyuri Vidovszky.

Contains material that some may find disturbing.

Preview: Wed Oct 8, 7.30pm
Dates: Thurs Oct 9 & Fri Oct 10, 7.30pm Sat Oct 11, 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Tickets: €15 Duration: Approx. 80 mins. No interval.

Talking Theatre: 10 Oct, post-show discussion with members of the company

8 - 11 October
Phone: 01-8832100 or book online through the axis Box Office:
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