23 - 30 August

Waterford Youth Arts - The Crucible


You must understand, sir, that a person is either with this court or he must be counted against it, there be no road between. This is a sharp time, now, a precise time - we live no longer in the dusky afternoon when evil mixed itself with good and befuddled the world. Now, by God's grace, the shining sun is up, and them that fear not light will surely praise it.

Waterford Youth Arts in association with Garter Lane Arts Centre presents The Crucible by Arthur Miller, directed by Jim Nolan, designed by Dermot Quinn

The Crucible is set in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692, telling the story of the Salem Witch Trials, a time when paranoia, hysteria, and deceit gripped the Puritan towns of New England. Miller was liberal in his fictionalisation of those events, saying "what I was doing was writing a fictional story about an important theme." The "important theme" was clear to many observers in 1953 at the play's opening as it was written in response to Senator Joseph McCarthy and the House Committee on Un-American Activities' crusade against supposed communist sympathizers. With intolerance, the intrusion of state-led morals into the private lives of citizens, mass hysteria and paranoia at the heart of this play, The Crucible continues to show how often history repeats itself.

Saturday 23rd - Saturday 30th August. Performances at 7.30pm

23 - 30 August
Garter Lane Arts Centre, O'Connell Street, Waterford.
Garter Lane Box Office: 051 855038 or online http://www.garterlane.ie/event-details.php?id=1254
29 August

Deadline for Irish Language Play Commission Approaching

This Friday, 29th August, is the deadline for expressions of interest from playwrights to write a play in Irish for young ensembles. The commission is a joint initiative between NAYD and Axis:Ballymun  and is funded by Foras na Gaeilge.


To write a play in the Irish language that is suitable for youth theatres and other young ensembles and is written for a large ensemble cast. The play should be of duration no longer than 90 minutes.

Along with the necessary professional experience and language proficiency, the commissioned playwright must be willing to engage in a process that will involve participation by young people in the research and development of the play.

To observe or otherwise participate in a three day development workshop through Irish with a group of 16 youth theatre members from 28th – 31st October 2014 at the Axis Arts Centre, Ballymun. The successful playwright will be committed to maximizing this opportunity to ensure that the play is relevant and authentic from the perspective of young people.

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29 August
Various Dates

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.

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.

Various Dates
19 September

M.A.D. Youth Theatre - Performance for Culture Night

M.A.D. Youth Theatre are kicking off their youth theatre year with a performance on the 19th of September at 7pm in the newly revitalized An Táin Arts Centre. As part of Culture Night 2014, the youth theatre will give a performance of their play that won best actor and best play, as voted by the judges and audience, at the Prague Class in Action International Youth Theatre Festival in February 2014.

Connor is an original short play devised by senior members of M.A.D Youth Theatre. It's a dark comedy about some of the pressures of being a young male in today's society. A pretty average teenager, Connor has found himself part of the world’s crude and misguided rites of passage of sex, drugs and alcohol. All this to be a man? We will witness this rapid spiral downwards as Connor steps up to be the man who's not ready to grow up.

Bookings: 042 939 2919
Venue: An Táin Arts Centre, Town Hall, Dundalk.

M.A.D Youth Theatre will be hosting their annual Open Day on 09 September and 12 September at 5.30pm. It is open to all young people ages 12 to 21 with an interest in drama. Send them an email or visit their Facebook page for more information.

19 September
19 September

Sligo Youth Theatre - Culture Vultures

Sligo Youth Theatre present Culture Vultures

Three sharp witty creations devised, directed and performed by members of the Youth Theatre. Sligo's aspiring Culture Vultures explore the world of intangible creativity, pretentious avant garde inspirational models of excellence in post-modernist society and lots of other high brow stuff like that. Culture Vultures of the future!

Shows on Friday 19th September 2014 at 7pm, 8pm & 9pm.

19 September
Sligo Youth Theatre, Lower Quay Street.
071 9138489 or by email sligoyt@gmail.com (Advance Booking is advisable)
Week of 22nd September

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

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29 August