In 2017 Carys Coburn Gray was named the Irish Writers’ Centre Playwright-in-Residence at Dublin Youth Theatre. They led a group of 10 DYT members in a series of workshops on playwriting and mentored the members while they worked on their own pieces. From this group To Be A Bird by Amy Shields was selected for production as part of the First Year One Act Festival in March 2018 and Inbetweens by Faith Jones was produced in the Members’ One Act Festival in October 2018.  A staged reading of the initial draft of To Be A Bird was held at the Irish Writers’ Centre in January 2018.

The success of the Playwright-in-Residence led to the continuation of the DYT Writers’ Group programme, with Michelle Read leading a group of 8 DYT members in 2018.  This culminated in a reading of what the group had written at Fringe Lab on the 27th April 2019. In autumn 2019 Louise Melinn led a group of 10 young writers who produced work including DOAF radio play, Dipped, by member Dan Drumm.

DYT’s 2020 Writers’ Group was facilitated by John Grogan with in-person sessions happening at the Museum of Literature on St. Stephen’s Green before having to move online. Scripts from this Writers’ Group were featured in the 2021 DOAF Rehearsed Readings and as part of DYT’s offering for Cruinniú na nÓg 2021. These scripts included Feel It Still by Abigail Cepeda, Cucumber Sandwiches by Matthew Cullen, Sweven by Áine Goulding, The Audition by Millie Molony, and Love’s the Beast that Bites Last by Eduardo Pinheiro Di Santos.

In 2021, we were delighted to be hosted, once again by MoLI with Jane Madden (yes, writer of Big Show 2021, The Windstealers!). Seven participants took part and produced their own work, including an initial draft of ‘O Father Where Art Thou’ by James Durkin

Thommas Kane Byrne facilitated the Writers Group in 2022. We were hosted once more by the Museum of Literature. We held a sharing in Fringe Lab, of the new DYT work where excerpts of three new plays generated during the writing programme were presented by a selection of DYT performers to an audience of members, friends and family.
These plays were:
Voices by Zack Murphy
A Bouquet of Withered Roses by Conor Hynes
Death and Dogs by Doireann Comiskey

For 2024, John King joined us partly in thanks to NCYI Artist in Youth Work Residency Grant, and ran our Writers Group for seven participating members. We were honoured to be hosted by Fishamble: The New Play Company from January to April.