Here you can find a series of useful and practical workshop plans, tried and tested by experienced youth theatre facilitators and suitable for use with any youth drama group.
NAYD recommends that workshop leaders have some experience and ideally training in youth theatre facilitation before trying out these workshops with a group.
Please note that these are member-only resources.
Stapler, Paper, Imagination: A Workshop In Performance Design
Liam Doona's workshop in performance design was part of the inaugural NYT Lab in 2014. It requires only simple materials and encourages participants to develop a more sophisticated understanding of how the dramatic moment is visually authored and presented.
Puppetry: Illusion and the thing that you can’t fake
Dan Colley shares an introduction to puppetry workshop he delivered at the National Festival of Youth Theatres 2014
The Quest Workshop
Geraldine O'Neill details a workshop that uses the quest play structure to begin the devising process. It is particularly suitable for those aged 10-14.
The Yes Game
Annie Ryan’s introduction to the principles of ensemble work through The Yes Game, as experienced by ‘The Blue Group’ at NAYD’s National Festival of Youth Theatres 2011.
A workshop to help you prepare your group for attending a theatre performance. It can help to familiarise them with the style, context and themes of a play.
Introducing Forum Theatre: Workshop Resource Pack
Forum Theatre is a form of interactive theatre developed by the late Brazilian theatre director, Augusto Boal, as part of his ‘Theatre of the Oppressed’. Forum Theatre empowers the audience to actively explore different options for dealing with shared problems and motivates them to make positive changes in their own lives.
This resource is supported under the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity—PROGRESS (2007–2013).
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
A workshop specially designed for NAYD on A Midsummer Night’s Dream, our chosen play for the National Youth Theatre in 2008. A great way to introduce Shakespeare’s classic tale of love and magic to your group.
In the Beginning was the word
How to create a positive first experience of a text for your group, and strategies for bringing the text to life from the very beginning.
Breakfast with Timpani
How to make rhythm and noise from even the most bare of workshop spaces—all you need is a radiator, a pair of shoes, and what you had for breakfast...
Bringing objects to life with your group using the Playback method.
Exercises and devices to get your group writing.
Some pointers on how to workshop the relationships between characters in a play text, so the cast better understands their own character and their relationships with each other.
In the Wings
Ways to familiarise actors with behind-the-scenes work—based on a workshop originally conducted by Eilis Mullan with Dublin Youth Theatre.
Get Up, Stand Up
An Introduction to Physical Theatre Techniques.
The First Class: a Practical Workshop
A practical workshop emphasizing principles for good practice and play.
The Second Class
Following on from The First Class, a workshop in ensemble physical theatre.
In Touch with the Floor: a Movement Workshop
A fun workshop that’s designed to get everybody moving.
On Your Feet: Workshop Training for Youth Theatres
Using skills from the Lecoq School to create a step-by-step approach for workshop facilitators.
Dragnet: A Dance Drama
Dragnet is a dance-drama that uses dance-movement, mime and music to communicate a story. The music is Dragnet, from the album The Best of the Art of Noise. This dance looks at the development of character. Participants get a chance to explore the world of non-verbal communication, telling a story physcially. Dragnet is a ‘whodunnit’ tale, action from start to finish.
Introduction to LeCoq Clowning
This workshop introduces some basic aspects of clowning using group exercises and moving to more high-focus work.
Voice & Communication Workshop
David Grant delivered this workshop during NAYD’s Making Connections International Training Course in 2010. Voice, language and communication are the core of this workshop but if dealing with a multi-lingual group images can be used as well.
Sue Mythen delivered this workshop during the National Festival of Youth Theatres in Carne, Wexford 2010. It offers a chance to introduce an awareness of the body, playfulness, creativity and freedom from intellectual and text driven drama. The drama arises from release of inhibition and encouragement of spontaneity and complicity between the performers and an enjoyment of the dynamics of physicality.
Open Voices: An introductory voice workshop
This enjoyable workshop is designed to free, develop and strengthen the voice. It uses bodywork and creative imagery to liberate the natural voice.