Dundalk youth theatre group to open its doors to the public

Dundalk youth theatre group to open its doors to the public

On Wednesday February 15, the National Association for Youth Drama will, after nearly 40 years, re-launch as Youth Theatre Ireland.

To mark this exciting new era and change, Youth Theatre Ireland will be promoting an Open Week showcasing the work of its members. Guests are invited to experience firsthand the diversity of work supported by Youth Theatre Ireland with 2,700 young people and over 4,000 hours of drama activities per year.

Youth Theatre Ireland is the national development organisation for youth theatre. With 55 affiliated youth theatres in 24 counties, they support an incredible network of youth theatres offering year-round drama workshops and performance opportunities to young people aged 12 - 21 from cities, towns and villages across Ireland.

Starting on February 13th, Youth Theatre Ireland is excited to share the unique experience of youth theatre, promoting a variety of Open Week events including taster workshops, presentations and performances. Details for local events will be available online from and through individual youth theatres.

M.A.D Youth Theatre is affiliated to Youth Theatre Ireland and will be getting in on the action with an Open Day Event ‘MAD about Youth Theatre’ on Thursday February 16th at 5pm to 7pm. Located in the Hagan House (Dundalk Community Church) Premises, Ramparts Lane. Next door to Johnny Masons. We invite all teachers, councillors, arts organisations, youth workers, parents and young people.

Come see why we are Mad about Youth Theatre. You can join along or just watch how a drama workshop is conducted. Observe the process of how creativity and drama works in a youth theatre space. Some of the members will also talk about their engagement in Youth Theatre and why it matters to them.

Youth Theatres affiliated to Youth Theatre Ireland are open to everyone, and each is unique to its community and the young people in its membership. With 80% of all youth theatres existing outside of major cities and urban areas, they are the creative lifeblood for the youth in many communities, helping to develop their artistic, personal and social dimensions.

As well as gaining increased theatre skills and appreciation of theatre and the arts, young people who participate in youth theatre report wider benefits for their overall well-being, including increased levels of happiness, confidence and self-esteem, a sense of belonging and improved abilities to articulate and express feelings and opinions.

As Youth Theatre Ireland re-launch they ask that you join them, whether as a young person who would like to join a local youth theatre; or as a volunteer who wishes to set up a youth theatre; an existing drama group for young people that would benefit from affiliation to Youth Theatre Ireland; or a funder who can play a part in making more youth theatre opportunities available across Ireland; they want to hear from you.

M.A.D YT Provides ongoing professionally led weekly classes in Drama and Theatre skills for young people and children. Its goals are to enable members to develop interpersonal skills such as confidence, social interaction, responsibility sharing, planning, decision making, team-work and problem solving.

The group aim to produce at least one production a year seeking out new and innovative performing arts opportunities. Giving audiences the opportunity to experience new, innovative and traditional performance practices. They ensure that the M.A.D Youth Theatre programme is accessible to all and all activities are set at the appropriate level for the participants We are serving the local community by remaining aware of local issues and community needs by developing a symbiotic relationship with local youth organisations, educational bodies and Arts establishments.

Contact us on facebook @MADYouthTheatre. Call or text 0831404747 or email

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