Summer Theatre Project 2019

25 Summer Theatre Productions over the same number of years and now in the second month of our 35th year in business, we are still as passionate as ever about Youth Theatre. This year we are proud to announce our 26th Summer Theatre Project - 'Swinging On The Swings' a brand new production by Martina Collender that will be directed by the one and only Liam Meagher.


This powerful pair have a brilliant track record together having worked on 'One Hundred Thousand Breaths' (2016) and 'If the Lights Change' (2017) this one will definitely be great.

Now its your turn, if you or a young person in your life is between the ages of 15 and 19 years old is a young actor or actress or just interested in theatre and would love to spend six weeks putting on a professional theatre production in the same away professional theatre companies do, this is one event not to miss.

This year the Summer Theatre Project kicks off on Monday the 20th of July and will end on Saturday the 29th of August after several performances, full commitment will be required as its a full time project so make sure your available before signing up. This year there is a maximum of 20 places and it will cost 40 euros to get involved (bursary available if requested). No experience needed to join the fun.

To join pick up a form from Waterford Youth Arts up in the Old Military Barracks on Barrack Street  or request a form by sending an email to info@waterfordyoutharts.com and drop it back to the office by Friday 20th of March by 5pm after which all applicants will be invited to a workshop event on Saturday the 28th of March where Director Liam Meagher and Writer Martina Collender and from this workshops they will decide on the cast for the show.

The Magic of Volunteering

Personal growth is a powerful thing and one of the many ways young people develop into outstanding individuals, is through the arts. 

Waterford Youth Arts is a safe and secure environment for young people to learn, engage and  explore a wide variety of artistic mediums in a fun way, thanks in part to the great practitioners who  pass on their knowledge and know-how and the incredible volunteers who keep our workshops running smoothly. 

WYA is always looking for new volunteers who are driven, open to new experiences, who like working with young people and have a genuine interest in the arts. If this sounds like you and  if you have 2 or more hours each week (consistently) to assist our practitioners with encouraging the young artists of tomorrow get in touch.

As part of the workshops not only will your time and effort be beneficial to young people you will also get a lot back, as it’s a great way for you to learn about the variety of art mediums  – Creative Writing, Dance, Drama, Film and Visual Arts through participation in workshops and leading, but you may also learn something new about yourself. 
If you would like more information you can drop into the Arch on Barrack Street, make an enquiry through WYA's Facebook and Twitter pages, contact the company through email at info@waterfordyoutharts.com or call reception at (051) 879377 for an immediate response. All potential volunteers will have to go through Garda Vetting to be considered for the role.



WYA 35 - The Young Playwrights Programme


Waterford Youth Arts is proud to launch a brand new creative writing venture, for aspiring playwrights called - The Young Playwrights Programme.
From now until the 24th of April, we are calling upon young writers (14 to 19 years) to submit 
a short play or an extract from a longer work, maximum length of 15 minutes. Of these submissions three plays will be selected and the writers will be mentored by professional playwrights - Nicola Spendlove, Jim Nolan and Martina Collender, with the final result being a rehearsed reading of the selected plays as part of The Lit Festival 2020.
The Young Playwrights Programme aims to encourage and nurture the talents of young local writers and to give them the challenge of writing plays. Through this new programme we hope it will give them new skills and create exciting pieces of Theatre and give them the opportunity for their work to reach a wider audience.

All submissions should be sent to info@waterfordyoutharts.com 
by Friday 24th April, where they will be evaluated by our
panel of writers and feedback will be provided to all playwrights
even if their work is not selected, so get out there and get writing.




 






Resolutions - A new play about Homelessness

New years resolutions are easier said than done, but this Friday the 24th and Saturday the 25th of January make one resolution that you can keep and go see Waterford Youth Arts brand new one act play 'Resolutions' (A serious play about homelessness, with a sprinkle of humor.).

Set to be performed in St Patrick's Gateway Centre at 8pm each evening and a matinee showing at 2pm on Saturday.Tickets are available at the door for €7 euros or €5 euros concession, all funds raised will go to support the work of 'Helping Hands' the local voluntary group that feeds the homeless group that feeds the homeless every night of the year. 

Resolutions’ is a new one act play that looks into the past, present and future of characters from Waterford City as they go through the tradition of counting down to the New Year. The play was created by the older drama members of Waterford Youth Arts with their director Martina Collender. It is a strong issue based piece and is definitely not aimed at children.

So come along its a great production and its for a great cause. See you then.  

Waterford Youth Arts - January 2020 Workshops

Its officially 2020 blog readers, a start of a brand new decade filled with possibilities and opportunities. This year why not try something new or get back into something you love with our brilliant range of workshops.

Returning this year are  Creative Writing, Dance, Drama, Film and Visual Arts Workshops which are starting back on the week of the 20th of January. With workshops for 3 to 19 year olds we have something for all ages. Membership costs 45 euros per term (nine weeks) except for visual art which is 65 euros to cover the cost of materials. 

To register or get more information on our workshops you can visit Waterford Youth Arts up in the Arch on Barracks Street, give us a call by ringing the office at 051 879377, get in contact via email at info@waterfordyoutharts.com, you can also book online through eventbrite - https://bit.ly/36DG9h6 (additional surcharge applies). 

Take a look at our workshop schedule for the days and times of our workshops or view our website for more information on any of our workshops

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The Lit Young Writers Festival 2019

For the third year running 'The Lit Young Writers Festival' (A reading and writing festival for young people (14 - 19 Years) thats managed by Young People) , returns with a brand new range of workshops, interesting events and compelling talks with some of Ireland's great new and established authors next Friday the 15th and Saturday the 16th of November.


This year’s festival has a very compelling lineup of local and national authors including Sarah Crossan, Elaine Feeney, Sarah Maria Griffin, Dave Rudden, Anthea West, Megan Nolan, Erin Fornoff, Natalya O’Flaherty, Rose Keating and Colm Keegan. Who will all be involved in events throughout Waterford City full information is on the Lit Festival's website - https://bit.ly/2OoUl8J  and this years programme.

There will also be a number of free events to get involved in such as ‘The Big Book Swap’ in Central Library where you can swap some of your favourite books with others including some signed copies of some very interesting young adult authors, If you're interested in poetry their's a pop up poetry event in John Roberts square on Saturday and a spoken word event in ‘The Vintage Tea Rooms’ later in the day. It should be a lot of fun.


All paid events are just a fiver with a small additional charge and can be bought through the 'Lit Young Writer's Festivals' website - thelit.eu you can also book online through eventbrite. For more information you can contact the team directly by email at - thelityoungwritersfestival@gmail.com or by sending the team a message on their Facebook page.

Horrible Historical Trails 2019


Darkness is descending on the Viking Triangle this Halloween and with the darkening of the days comes the creepy, dark, malevolent - creatures of the night. This October why not come see and learn about the lives of these spectres, vikings, vampires and zombies in this years annual Horrible Historical Trails this Wednesday the 23rd to Saturday the 27th and be prepared for 45 minutes of fear and fun.


Meeting at 6.45 each evening at the Theatre Royal's backdoor (beside the medieval museum) where payment is taken (7 euros for children and adults are free) this event is suitable for children over the age of six. To add to the creepy atmosphere all children and adults are encourage to dress up in costume, for more information visit the 'Horrible Historical Trails' Facebook page - link. This show might be too spooky for adults. You have been warned.

Waterford Youth Arts - Autumn Workshops

After an incredible summer, Waterford Youth Art's returns with a range of fantastic workshops - Youth Drama, Dance, Creative Writing and Film -  for 3 to 19 year olds, all of which starting back on Monday the 16th of September.

With an open door policy and no experience necessary, today may be the day to get involved in the arts, as not only is the arts a proven way for young people to develop self confidence, teaches them how to be part of a team and its a great way to make new friends.

Get in touch today If you’re interested in signing up for a term (nine weeks), workshops are 45 euro’s a term  with the exception of visual art which is 65 euro’s to cover the cost of materials (discounts available for two or more young people from the one family).

 To register or get more information you can visit the Arch up on Barrack Street, book over the phone by calling 051 879377, send an email to info@waterfordyoutharts.com or book through eventbrite - https://bit.ly/2n440DU (additional charge applies). Some of our workshops book up quick so get  in touch as soon as possible