Activate and Activate Junior Update

Both Activate and Activate Junior are back in full swing after their summer break. 

Kim Molloy has been woking with Activate Junior on her Artstrain work experience and she has delivered some fantastic workshops focusing on improvisation.  

They received some development funding from NYCI and have begun script development workshops with playwright John McCarthy, who is an ex-Activate Member.  Between now and the end of term, John will work with Activate to develop two new scripts.  They'll celebrate this work with a rehearsed reading before Christmas. One of their up and coming script writers is Ellie Menton, also an ex Activate member! Ellie wrote a short play for Activate which was performed as part of their production Backseat for the Cork Midsummer Festival.  

Activate are taking a theatre trip close to home to see Graffiti Theatre Company’s production of Raymond Scannell’s new play Generation Revolution in November.  The show is commissioned for teenagers and is being rehearsed in Graffiti (Activate's home) so It’ll be a great opportunity to get involved, meet the makers and see a great show!

Find out more about Activate and Activate Junior Youth Theatres. 


The latest news from Mayo Youth Theatre

In October Writer/Director Gemma Doorly and Actor Tony Murphy were in Ballina Arts Centre to show a private screening of the award winning short film, The Fireman and the Nurse, to Mayo Youth Theatre who formed part of the cast of the film.  Mayo Youth Theatre participants Vanessa Byrne and Adam O’Malley, who both had substantial roles in the film, were presented with framed posters of the short. The Fireman and the Nurse was shot on location in Killala , Co Mayo in April 2016.  The screening was followed by a Q&A.

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18 December

Donegal Youth Theatre gets Festive!

Donegal Youth Theatre would like to thank everyone that attended their open day on October 29th with special thanks to Youth Theatre members for their input and help on the day.

Youth Theatre members are looking forward to their trip to Dublin to see Donegal  a musical play by Frank Mc Guinness. How could Donegal YT miss a play with that name!

The Youth Theatre is entering into the Christmas spirit each Saturday, as they rehearse their next production Santa Calls a new play written by James Lawne, which they will be performing at the Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey on the 18th December at 2:30 pm. It looks like it should be another great show!

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18 December
10 December

Join us for the launch of a new bilingual play

NAYD is pleased to announce the launch of Agóid by Caitríona Ní Mhurchú as part of the Sean Scéal Nua project. The launch will take place on 10 December at Axis:Ballymun.

Sean Scéal Nua is a partnership commissioning project between NAYD and Axis: Ballymun which seeks to create a new bilingual play for young ensembles that explores young people’s response to this important centenary year.

Agóid is being launched as part of our annual PlayShare event and will be made available for performance through the Playshare initiative.

As part of the launch there will be a live performance from the play along with staged extracts from two other plays being included in Playshare 2017.
Performances from:

Droichead Youth Theatre - Agóid by Caitríona Ní Mhurchú

Monaghan Youth Theatre – The House of Oedipus by Anna Galligan

Gonzo Youth Theatre -  Grimm Fairytales by John Morton

Come join us for this very special event. One of the highlights of the NAYD calendar, it is a wonderful opportunity for youth theatre members to showcase their skills and abilities with some of the best scripts available to young people today.

What: NAYD Launches New Bilingual Play Agóid
Where: Axis Arts Centre, Ballymun
When: Saturday Dec 10th 2pm- 4.30pm
Admission: Free

Tickets are free but must be reserved. To reserve your ticket, contact Alan King by email. 

This project is supported by The Community Foundation for Ireland.

10 December
Axis Arts Centre, Main Street, Ballymun, Dublin 9.
Contact Alan King on 01-8781301 or

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Would your youth theatre like to perform at #ChrysalisFest 2017? Performance applications are now open……

02 December