Kildare Youth Theatre is a youth theatre based in the east midlands in Ireland. We are supported by Kildare County Council with project funding from Arts Council Ireland.

Established in 1996 by Crooked House Theatre Company, Kildare Youth Theatre is based in the east midlands in Ireland. It has a history of presenting ambitious work, influenced by European theatre-making and Irish narrative traditions. Using Crooked House’s wide network of European connections, and availing of the EU’s Erasmus+ programme, the young people are able to collaborate with several youth theatre-making projects a year across the continent. In addition to devising its own new work it also stages classical plays, newly scripted plays, and several conference and educational shows each year.


Kildare Youth Theatre is owned by the young members, who run the company as a collective, guided by Artistic Director Peter Hussey. They operate an ensemble model, maintaining 4 year-round ensembles who engage full-time in multiple projects for up to 5 years each. Members run, and rent, the space they use, from which they develop new work, host international exchanges, and provide cultural youth work with the assistance of a team of volunteers from Ireland and Europe.

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January 14, 2020

Crooked House Theatre has partnered with Asociación Juvenil Teatral ON&OFF, from Spain, and BiondekBühne Baden, from Austria, to develop free online drama resources for youth workers across Europe. The project, called Drama for Youth Work, (more information can be found on our website) is funded by the Erasmus+ Programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport in Europe. 

We created 45 videos of drama activities...

January 11, 2020

(Click the picture to see the Riverbank booking)

Date: 28th - 29th February 2020

Time: 8:00 p.m

Place: Riverbank, Newbridge.

Tickets: €10 / €8 concession / €5 for Kildare Youth Theatre Member

Queen’s County draws inspiration from the fist trialled plantations operated by the English crown in Ireland, in the 16th century, in the counties of Laois and Offaly. The one in Laois became known as Queen’s County. This devised play explores...

May 7, 2019

Welcome back to our blog about The Room: Community Drama. We were extremely excited to have more people joining our sessions that day and this is what we did!


  1. We like to have routines in our session and make people more and more familiar to them. One of those routines is a question ‘How are you today?’ That we ask before each session to get a feeling of how people feel about semselves that day. It is progibited th...

February 24, 2019

In the beginning of February 2019 a team of young film-makers and one facilitator from Crooked House travelled to Logroño in Spain.

They took part in the transnational activity of the project Drama for Youth Work, which consists of filming Drama activities for youth workers on different socially inclusive themes. The project is supported by Erasmus plus programme, under KA2.

During 5 days, film-makers and facilitators form Irel...

January 19, 2019

Admission Free – as part of Culture Night. Book at Riverbank Box Office.

Not suitable for children

Karamazoo is a 25 minute monologue for a young performer written in 2003 by London writer Philip Ridley. It is one of the most perfect pieces of writing for a young actor, combining fresh story-telling and comic characterisation that slowly reveals an unflinching critique of a failed social policy through the savage grief of a teen...

November 27, 2018

‘Supplicants’ was a youth exchange project that took place in Athens, Greece, from the 5th to the 12th of August 2018. It used theatre, dialogue, and artistic collaboration to explore young people's understanding of the situation facing refugees in Europe, and to help them use performance to share the stories of young migrants and refugees. More than 40 young people from Ireland, Greece and Spain aged 17 - 25 took part in the...

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