29 July

Laois Youth Theatre - Cherish

Laois Youth Theatre, as part of the county’s Centenary Commemoration Programme, presents CHERISH, a performance tribute to the short lives of the children who perished during Easter week 1916. 

The youth theatre takes a re-imagined glance back to catch the whispered echoes of these young lives that were so violently lost.  Forty young girls and boys, aged 16 and under, whose lives and deaths, until recently, went unrecognised, whose bodies were largely buried in unmarked graves.  Forty young children whose dreams and aspirations, whose august destinies, were squandered in the newly declared Republic…

CHERISH is a physical theatre piece that takes its inspiration from Joe Duffy’s book - “Children of the Rising” and has been devised by the youth theatre during a two-week long drama workshop.  The outdoor performance of CHERISH, directed by Siobhán Coffey, will take place on Friday 29th July at 5pm in Fitzmaurice Place.

29 July
Fitzmaurice Place, Portlaoise
2 - 6 August

Rusty Frog Youth Theatre - Summer Camps

Rusty Frog Youth Theatre Summer Camp 2016

Tuesday 2nd to Saturday 6th August at 2 – 6pm
For Teenagers aged 13 to 17 years old
Facilitated by Rónán Mac Raois

Fun & dynamic youth theatre training and performance project!

The week will develop actor and theatre skills including character creation and bringing script to life. Create your own original scenes whilst building confidence, creativity and communication skills. 

Spaces are limited so booking is essential on 028 22090, via email: info@westcorkartscentre.com or in person at reception, Tuesday - Saturday, 10.00am - 4.45pm.

'Out of the Box' Drama Camp

Tuesday 2nd to Friday 5th August at 10:30am to 12:30pm
For Children aged 7 to 12 years old
Facilitated by Alison Glennie

Lively, creative workshops, include theatre games and improvisation where children are, encouraged to explore their own imagination and find their unique voice within the group.

Spaces are limited so booking is essential on 028 22090, via email info@westcorkartscentre.com or in person at reception, Tuesday - Saturday, 10.00am - 4.45pm.

2 - 6 August
Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre

Galway Community Circus: European Youth Exchange, Summer Camp and Other News!

Youth Exchange and European Youth Circus Show. 

Galway Community Circus is hosting a European Youth Circus Exchange from the 11th to the 19th of July! Over 30 young people and circus teachers will travel from Ecole de Cirque de Bruxelles in Belgium, Cirqueon in the Czech Republic, Atro Circo in Italy, Sorin Sirkus in Finland and Skala in Slovenia and will be met by their hosts from Galway Community Circus.

During the week the young people will visit Galway City, Salthill, the Burren and, as the exchange is on during the Galway International Arts Festival, the young people will see some visiting circus shows at the Festival. As part of this exchange, the young people will work together to create and perform a show at the end of their week together. This European Youth Circus Show will be performed on Sunday the 17th of July at 6pm at the Galway City Museum.

This project would not be possible without funding provided by the EU Erasmus+ programme through the Irish National Agency Leargas - GCC are very grateful for all the support! The Finnish Institute in London are also supporting the exchange and are sponsoring the international BBQ which will be enjoyed on the final evening.

This exchange will be a fantastic opportunity for the young people involved to meet others from the European circus community - to make new friends through their love of circus and performance arts.

Summer Camps

GCC have a week of summer camps from the 4th to the 8th of July with something for everyone! There are classes for everyone from tiny toddlers to adult aerialists - to inquire about spaces, please contact classes@galwaycommunitycircus.com

On the 23rd and 24th of July, Jess O’Connor will be joining them to give a weekend workshop in trapeze and aerial hoop. For more information and bookings, please contact classes@galwaycommunitycircus.com.

In August they will be hosting circus summer camps for young people from Down Syndrome Ireland and Foróige also.

Spring term reflection

During the Spring term Galway Community Circus had 450 members of all ages, including over 300 children and young people, attending weekly classes! The term ended on the 11th of June and they celebrated at their annual family friendly circus festival Circus in the Park on Sunday 12th in Millennium Park. This day was a huge success with over 2000 attendees during the day. They wish to extend their thanks to everyone involved!

They had several productions over the past few months, including CirComics, which saw their 12-20 year old members perform in the Black Box Theatre through a collaboration with Aerial Dance Theatre Fidget Feet and Lali Morris which was supported by the Arts Council Young Ensemble Scheme.

GCC tutors attended many training courses this year through the NAYD Youth Theatre Training Network and though European partnerships. These training courses are instrumental in inspiring, upskilling and energising their tutors which will directly benefit our members.

Weekly classes will start again in September.

Happy summer to everyone from Galway Community Circus!

Find out more about Galway Community Circus

02 September

Cabinteely Youth Theatre - Open Day

Cabinteely Youth Theatre are holding an open day on Friday 02 September. New members welcome!

Venue: St. Angela's Hall, Cabinteely Community School, Cabinteely, Dublin 18.

Time: 4.30pm

For more information, contact Fiona Lester by email. 

2017 will be CYT's 35th year and they are planning a special performance in the Spring. Watch this space for more! 

02 September
17 - 20 August

Dublin Youth Theatre - Rising

Dublin Youth Theatre



Wednesday 17th August to Saturday 20th August. 

Inspired by the role young people played in the lead-up to 1916, Rising is a wide-ranging contemporary look at what revolution means to young people in Ireland now. Using archive material, interviews with young people, artists, journalists, and politicians, as well as other sources, it explores how young people today become radicalised to engage with social and political issues. It asks what role they can play in a democratic society, what motivates them to action and what they can learn from the past. 

Developed with a cast of 20 DYT members in collaboration with documentary playwright Helena Enright and director Tom Creed, with set and lighting by Sarah Jane Sheils and costume by Deirdre Dwyer, Rising is an exploration of art as activism, music as mobilizer and theatre as propaganda machine.

This is DYT's first time on the Peacock Stage in recent memory and they hope you will join them for this exciting commemorative project. Group rate of €10 available for Youth Theatre or youth groups of 8 or more  €10.

17 - 20 August
Peacock Theatre, Dublin
To book call the Peacock @ The Abbey on 01 8787 222
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19 July