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Offaly Youth Theatre is back!

Published: 29th August 2014

In a time rife with debate about whether the Midlands is the cultural wasteland of our little country, or whether the arts are flourishing here, one strand of the debate seems to get overlooked – that of youth arts in the area.

And it’s the most obvious strand really. If you genuinely want to see how healthy the arts are in a community, have a look at young people. Most are interested in music, art, film, theatre and dance and there are workshops and opportunities in abundance for them. When teenagers can have an opportunity to express their own ideas and concerns through the arts then, it’s a sure sign the arts are thriving.

 

Offaly Youth Theatre offers just that, a place for young people to communicate their own ideas , use own voice, write their own scripts and perform it. OYT has three branches Birr, Edenderry and Tullamore and is affiliated with NAYD (National Association for Youth Drama in Ireland) and that is what makes it a unique theatre opportunity in Offaly.

 

The main ethos behind ‘Youth Theatre’ that sets it apart is the value it places on young opinions and decision making.

 

The facilitators are there, literally, to listen to what the members want to do, direct them on the right path to achieving that and then give them the skills to develop it. If members want to write scripts themselves, they write themselves. If they want to concentrate more on acting techniques and use established scripts, then they do. If they want to concentrate on film, costume, sound, or even theatre exams to allow them get qualifications in drama, then they only have to tell the facilitator and anything that can and will be done.

 

Offaly Youth Theatre is a not-for-profit organisation funded by Offaly County Council that places the artistic wants and needs of its young members first. All facilitators are third level trained and Garda Vetted. Let the debate rage among the Midland critics and supporters. We’ll leave them to it. When you see young people directing their own artistic vision, you know that the arts in general are in a good place.

 

Offaly Youth Theatre is for ages 14 – 20 is now enrolling for

Edenderry on Wed 24th Sept, 7-9pm in Edenderry Youth Café (Facilitator : Martina McCormack);

Birr on Fri 26th Sept, 7-9pm in St Brendan’s School (Facilitator: Macdara Deery)

Tullamore on Tues 23rd Sept, 6-8pm in the Central Hotel (Facilitator : Angela Ryan).

 

Cost is €50 for 12 weeks. Contact 057 9357400 - see Offaly Youth Theatre on Facebook or email Maura on offalyyouththeatre@gmail.com for more information.

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