Christmas Wish

Waterford Youth Arts unveil a Christmas performance at The Arch this week. On Wednesday the 20th and Thursday the 21st December, Waterford Youth Arts invites families to The Arch, Barrack Street to take a seat for 'The Christmas Wish' by Martina Collender.

The-Christmas-Wish-LightsThe Festive tale follows the O'Neill family who are feeling the pressure of getting ready for Christmas and moving house. Tommy is counting down the minutes to Christmas day, But Lilly has turned into a teenager who is both tired of her family and the Christmas Season.

While cleaning out the attic Lilly comes across her old toys. Suddenly everything comes to life and Lilly must be convinced of whom she truly is and why Christmas is important. But is there enough time?

Waterford Youth Arts round out the year with a winter warmer for all the family in a special atmosphere at The Arch. Limited Capacity, Just 30 seats so prior booking is a must.

Tickets are € 5 per person or € 15 for a family of four available from, so get yours before its too late.

The Christmas Wish

Waterford Youth Arts is proud to present our annual Christmas Play for this year, The Christmas Wish. 

The play will be performed by the 15 to 19 year old members of WYA under the skilled guidance of Martina Collender who is the director and writer of this fantastic piece.

These talented young members are burning the midnight oil to give the performance of a lifetime, going to rehearsals three times a week to perfect this performance and countless hours of practise at home. Martina is a skilled playwright in her own right and very experienced in her field as she wrote for Red Kettle Theatre and the Comeragh Mountains Festival before joining WYA.

Waterford Youth Arts - The Christmas Wish - PromoThis play can be seen in at The Arch on Wednesday the 20th and Thursday the 21st of December.
Tickets are five euro’s per person and fifteen euro’s for a family of four. 

Tickets can be bought on Eventbrite; however spaces are limited so it would be best to buy yours as soon as possible. The show starts at 8 pm sharp so be there early to avoid disappointment.
This festive-season themed play is sure to be fun for the whole family.

Mrs Montgomerys Tale of the Travelling Circus.

Mrs Montgomerys Tale of the Travelling Circus.

Friday 7th July:
12noon New Street Gardens
4pm Peoples Park - Near the Playground
Saturday 8th July:
12noon Butler Community Centre St. Johns Park 
4pm Fenor Play Park (on the Astro Turf)
Sunday 9th July: 
12noon Tramore Playground, Canon's Field Tramore
4pm Tramore 'All Aboard Inclusion Play Park Lake Lands, Tramore (near the Prom) 
Brought to you in association with Waterford City and County Council Arts Service.

Mrs Montgomery's tale of the travelling circus

Mrs Montgomery's Tale of the Travelling Circus will be arriving to a green space near you!
Directed by Enda Moran, written by Martina Collender, Mrs Montgomerys Tales of the Travelling Circus goes into full rehearsal from Monday 26th June with performances on 7th, 8th 9th July.
Participants and actors will explore exciting new skills including, Juggling, Poi, Stilt walking, Clowning, Movement and Acrobatic skills.
While learning new skills participants will be encouraged to bring any existing skills they have to this collaborative project. Young gymnasts we'd love to hear from you.
We've a Ragtime circus band working along side Magicians, Musicians, Clowns, Skaters, Gymnasts, fools, tricksters and anyone between the ages of 12-14 with a trick up there sleeve.

Waterford Youth Arts Summer School

Join us for a week packed with drama, dance, storytelling & storymaking, art, film-making, creative writing and circus skills.

Spend a fun filled week playing, making, doing and exploring.
The perfect way to keep little imaginations busy, build confidence and make new friends.

Venue: Mount Sion Secondary School, Barrack Street, Waterford
Dates: Monday 17th July - Friday 21st July
Ages: 4-6 years old 10am-12.15pm €55
7-9 years old 10am-2.30pm €75
10-13 years old 10am-3pm €75

Tel: +353 (0)51 879 377

The Club ... 30 Years On

In this new film by Waterford Youth Arts filmmaker Neil O'Driscoll and artist Anthony Mackey take a journey back to the mid '80's with ex-members of a Drop-In Centre for young unemployed which was based out in the Manor St. John Youth Project, Lisduggan, Waterford. At that time there was over 300 young people registered in the Club and all were aged from 16 years to 20 years and they dipped in and out of the Club depending on their circumstances at the time. 
The film was made by joint directors Anthony Mackey and Neil O'Driscoll. Anthony is from the St. Pauls area and is an artist and this is his first film project. Neil on the other hand is an experienced filmmaker particularly in film drama and his first feature length film 'Waking the Witch' is due out later in 2017.
The project came about when Ollie Breslin who worked at the Manor during those early years brought down from his attic a collection of photos taken by the young people back in the mid-80's and captured Waterford through the eyes of the young people at that time. The photos led to discussions about where all those young people are now and this led to making this film. It is funded through the Social Inclusion grant of Waterford Council.

There will be two screenings on Sunday 28th and Monday 29th May at 8pm in Parish Rooms St. Pauls Church. Admission Free - all are welcome.

Mrs Montgomery’s Tale of the Travelling Circus’

For this term the 12- 14 year Drama Workshop will be putting an emphasis on 'Street theatre' and 'Circus Skills'. This will be a 9 week project that will engage participants in a number of exciting skills including, Juggling, Poi, Stilt walking, Clowning, Movement, and basic Acrobatic skills.
While learning new skills participants will be encouraged to bring any existing skills they have to this collaborative project.
There will be a musical element where there will be formation of a Ragtime circus band working along side Magicians, Musicians, Clowns, Skaters, Gymnasts, fools, tricksters and anyone between the ages of 12-14 with a trick up there sleeve.
Over the course of the project they will have the opportunity to partake in a multiple impromptu street performances. All of this will lead to a new show 'Mrs Montgomery’s Tale of the Travelling Circus' that we will be bringing out to communities over the Summer holidays.
Tuesdays 6 - 8pm - Register Now

April 2017 Workshop dates

Registration Now for April to June

Costs: Dance, Film, Creative writing and Drama costs €45 per term. Art is €65, includes cost of materials. There are discounts for more than one family member. If any child has a difficulty paying the fee, then speak to one of the tutors or office staff about our bursary scheme.

Art, 5-7 years, The Arch, Barrack St, 10-11.30am
Art, 8-10 years, The Arch, Barrack St, 11.45-1.15am
Creative Writing, 7-10 years, Central Library, Lady lane, 10.00-11.30am
Creative Writing, 11-13 years, Central Library, Lady lane, 11.30-1.00pm
Creative Writing, 14-18 years, Central Library, Lady lane, 2.00-4.00pm

Drama, 15-19 years, The Arch, Barrack St, 7-9pm
Art, 11-13 years, The Arch, Barrack St, 5.00-6.30pm

Drama, 9-11 years, The Arch, Barrack St, 4.30-6pm
Drama, 12-14 years, The Arch Barrack St. 6-8pm
Drama, 15-19 years, The Arch Barrack St. 8-10pm (start date due to bank holiday)

Film, 9-11 years. The Arch, Barrack St, 4.30-6pm
Film, 12-14 years. The Arch, Barrack St. 6-7.30pm
Film, 15-19 years. The Arch, Barrack St. 7.30-9pm

Dance, 3-4 years, The Arch, Barrack St, 4-4.40pm
Dance, 5-7 years, The Arch, Barrack St, 4.55-5.45pm
Dance, 8-11 years. The Arch, Barrack St, 6.00-7.15pm

For Further Information:
WYA, The Arch Barrack Street, Tel.051 879377

Note: WYA operates on an open door policy; all young people are welcome, new people always welcome - no previous experience necessary.

Works in Progress

coming up soon our older drama, film, creative writing and some music will have a showcase night. All of the work you will see has been created , directed, written etc. for the young people themselves - put the date in your diary

National Youth Theatre 2017

Are you between 16 and 21 years of age?
Do you love performing on stage?
Do you want to be a part of the most exciting theatre event for youth theatre members taking place this year?
Do you want to work with some of the best theatre professionals in Ireland?

Then come along and audition for the National Youth Theatre!
We are delighted to announce that the National Youth Theatre 2017 production will take place in the Peacock Theatre at the Abbey Theatre Dublin from 21st – 26th August.
Auditions for the members of Youth Theatre Ireland affiliated youth theatres are happening from March 25th - April 2nd.

All audition information is here

Fresh Film Festival

Destination FreshFilmFestival today (Wed 1st March) for the director and crew of short film 'Dark Matter' directed by Heather Eogan and Ditto Levers, and shortlisted in the heats at #FreshFilmFestival at Triskel Arts Centre. The crew are looking surprisingly Fresh themselves after a very early start and 'cycling' to Cork?!! #freshfilm2017

Fresh Film Festival

Great news for our film unit, both our entries to the Fresh Film Festival have made it into the heats in Cork.
The films entered are Dark Matter and The End of Fairyland.
Good luck to the film unit in the heats we have our fingers crossed you'll win.


Do you enjoy working with young people?
Are you passionate about the Arts?
If so you may be just who we are looking for,
We are currently on the look out for new volunteers to help out in our workshops and more.
If this sounds like something you'd be interested in please contact us on (051) 879 377 or alternatively pop into WYA, The Arch, Barrack Street.
We look forward to hearing from you.

Improvisation Workshop

On Thursday 16th Feb. from 7.30pm to 9.30pm we have a special one off improvisation workshop for all members (12 - 19 yrs) / volunteers / tutors run by Chris Wilmers (pictured) Chris has many years experience not only as an Improv performer but also a workshop leader.
admission is free but people will need to book just let your tutor know if you are coming. It will be great fun..
Hope to see you there!!

Fresh Film Festival

This year our Film Unit are entering two films into the Fresh Film Festival.
A short animated film called The End of Fairyland and a more mature film Dark Matter.


Here are the great local business’s that sponsored our fundraising event 28hoursforWYA.
Waterford Youth Arts Thanks you for your support.