Theatre workshops are fundamental to Dublin Youth Theatre’s work. The 48 week programme caters for all our members, regardless of experience.

Every Saturday at 11am-1pm from October to May, members are invited to take part in weekly workshops often accompanied by specialist workshops for specific theatre disciplines. Workshops are bookended with a social gathering; tea, coffee and biscuits are available to members in the DYT house where they are free to hang out, make plans and discuss their ideas and dreams.

Our workshops include; clowning, dance, devising, forum theatre, improvisation, percussion, puppetry, voice, stagecraft, stage combat, writing, directing and technical skills, to name but a few. These workshops are not classes in acting or theatre. The principles of youth work in the context of community arts underpin the planning and operation of all DYT activities.

Workshops

DYT Young Critics

Drawing on the resources developed by Youth Theatre Ireland and Youth Theatre Arts Scotland (YTAS), DYT launched its own Young Critics programme in 2019. DYT members benefit from workshops in the critique of theatre performance before attending professional productions in Dublin. After attending performances, they produce their own response and critique to the production in…

Specialist Workshops

We run longer workshops in specialist areas of theatre each year. In 2019 we had a day long workshop on costume and sewing with Zoë Carol. In the past we have also done specialist workshops in lighting design and technical theatre.    

DYT Writers’ Group

Michelle Read was the Playwright-in-Residence for DYT in 2018. She led a group of 8 DYT members through a series of playwriting workshops. This culminated in a reading of what the group had written at Fringe Lab on the 27th of April 2019. In 2017 Dylan Coburn Gray was named the Irish Writers’ Centre Playwright-in-Residence…

Activities

Pan Pan Theatre’s The Rehearsal, Playing the Dane

Dublin Youth Theatre was delighted to partner with Pan Pan Theatre for the revival of their award-winning production of The Rehearsal, Playing the Dane at the Abbey Theatre in May 2018. There’s something strange in the neighbourhood of contemporary Denmark. Who are you going to call? That is the question. In Pan Pan’s purgatorial presentation of Shakespeare’s…

Keep Sketch Summer Film Project

        During the summer of 2018 facilitator Alan King led this project with DYT members to devise, create and publish original comedic sketches. Using Design Thinking processes, this built upon the workshops Alan led at the residential intensive weekend in Feb 2018 and as part of our regular Saturday workshop programme in the…