Young Dramatic Arts 2015

This coming September we embark on a new format for our Youth Theatre.  We have been selected to take part in the Schools Shakespeare Festival and will perform a 30 minute production of The Comedy of Errors in The MAC in Belfast on Wednesday 4th of November. 

Further information about the Festival can be found by clicking here : Welcome to Shakespeare Schools Festival | Shakespeare Schools Festival

I am looking to make up a cast, crew and musicians of about 18 students aged from 15 up to 18yrs of age.

We will starting auditions on Thursday 27th August from 3-6pm as we really need to get started as we only have 8 weeks to get the show on it’s feet. The cast will participate in a Shakespeare Acting workshop with facilitators from the Shakespeare Festival Team on Tuesday 29th September in Belfast. Rehearsals will be every Thursday evening from 6.30-8.30pm with extra rehearsals in October and during the Mid term Break - from Thursday 29th October to Sunday November 1st.

The cost will be €150 per student to participate (Sept/October workshops and rehearsals and including some October mid-term rehearsals and the participation fee) plus costs (costumes,train fares and accommodation overnight in Belfast). 

We hope the students and parents might get on board to organise some fundraising activities (karaoke night/sponsored dramathon) to help pay for the costs: overnight in Belfast and transport, costumes etc which we would expect everyone to get involved with and support. Last year the Junior Shakespeare Company trip to Belfast inc 2 return train trips/1 night accommodation etc came in at €75 per person including dinner at Nandos and Pizza after the show! - costumes worked out at approx €40 per person which we raised through ticket sales for our in house performance in November.

The €150 is a nominal fee to go towards- paying the teachers involved a small fee for facilitating and supervising, rent and with the participation fee charged by the Shakespeare Festival which is £850 to cover venue, scripts, insurance, technicians, workshop etc - but well worth it for the amazing experience the students have.

I need to know who is interested in auditioning for this as soon as possible so I can make plans. If we don’t get enough ITW students enroling we will open the project to students from other Theatre Schools too.

We are going to start our auditions process with a workshop on Thursday August 27th at ITW Studios Clonskeagh from 3-6pm- please can you let me know if you are planning on coming so I can figure out how much time I need! The process will last a couple of weeks before we finally cast.

Please click here to email us with your Name and Age to book your spot on the 27th.

The next part of the year will include preparations for the 21st anniversary of NT Connections and that will include performances in our home venue and in a regional Theatre in March-May 2016. You can find out more about NT Connections HERE

The Youth Theatre needs young leaders and a strong committee in order to really work. We need you to work both on stage and behind the scenes!

Register your interest now for YDA 2015/16

We are looking forward to welcoming new members this September - don’t presume we know! Click the link and remind us you