WHO we are 

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 Newbridge, Co. Kildare. 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 5 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.

View our upcoming projects here.

Latest news...

June 15, 2020

Following the recent and abhorrent tragedies witnessed in America, and in general repulsion against racism both at home and abroad, a socially-distanced, peaceful Black Lives Matter protest took place in Newbridge over the weekend. 

Over 100 people, all wearing masks, gathered two meters apart at the St. Conleth's Park car park behind Newbridge Town Hall. A collection of Kildare Youth Theatre members, of all ages, as well...



Often when we have restrictions imposed upon us we become more creative. Restrictions force us to use resources we had forgotten about or had underused before.

So it is with the COVID-19 Coronavirus Crisis. In Crooked House we have ceased all physical contact with others, and we are using the social isolation period to challenge our members to wo...

February 6, 2020

Ever wondered what our membership looks like? Well look no further! A recent snapshot taken in early February has come to show the distribution of all our members. With representation from every corner of the county (and even one or two beyond that), the survey shows just how diverse and varied our community is. Although based in Newbridge, we strive to live up to our name of 'Kildare' Youth Theatre. 

The data, taken over...

January 22, 2020

(Click the picture to see the Riverbank booking)

Date: Wednesday 6th May at 19:00 | Thursday 7th May at 12:00 and 19:00 | Friday 8th May at 12:00 and 19:00

Place: Riverbank Theatre, Newbridge. 

Tickets: €10 / Students and Concessions €6 

This is the third time Kildare Youth Theatre has produced Romeo and Juliet since 2003. This time our lead performers are the same age as the play’s main characters. This makes...

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...

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