DOWNLOAD THE 2021-2022 MEMBERSHIP REGISTRATION FORM HERE

How to Apply: 
 
Complete the form digitally, insert scans of your actual signatures (not just typed names), save it and email it to Crooked House (info@crookedhouse.ie). Alternatively, print off the Membership Registration Form, complete it fully with signatures, and post/hand deliver a hard copy of it to:
Crooked House, 1 Main Street, Newbridge, Co. Kildare, W12 KV29.
 
Due to COVID-19 restrictions we request the parent or guardian (or participant themselves if they are 18 or older) to ALSO sign a declaration, alongside the Membership Form, indicating that their child (or themselves) is/are either vaccinated, recently recovered from COVID-19, or has taken either a rapid antigen test (RAT) or PCR test in the last seven days and tested negative. Please contact info@crookedhouse.ie if this is not the case and you still wish for your child to partake.
 
For any queries, do not hesitate to contact us at info@crookedhouse.ie

 

The contents of this page can be viewed and downloaded as a PDF here.

Mondays, 7.00pm to 9.00pm

The Oberon group is a drop-in session where we devise, learn performance techniques, build teamwork, and explore issues that are relevant to this age group. Anyone can come along to the session provided they are aged between 11-13.

 

The group devises drama based on their own themes and ideas. They also have the opportunity to take part in NT Connections (see below) and the classical play (see below) throughout the year should they wish to. We strive to maintain an equal number of boys and girls in the group. Usually, young people may join at any time in the year.


Oberon runs from September to July, including on bank holidays and on mid-term breaks. There is a two-week break at Christmas and at Easter. All members must complete a membership registration form with their parents. Members MUST be 11 when applying due to insurance and other reasons.

Due to COVID-19 we request the parent or guardian to sign a declaration indicating their child is either vaccinated, immune to COVID-19, or has taken either a rapid antigen test (RAT) or PCR test in the last seven days and tested negative. Please contact info@crookedhouse.ie if this is not the case and you still wish for your child to partake.

Facilitators – Vasiliki Psarra and ESC volunteers.

Oberon
Oberon

For Ages 11-13

Typical Rehearsal Session

A typical workshop

Tuesdays, 7:00pm to 9:00pm

The Touchstone workshop explores devising and improvisation, building performance techniques and experience as it progresses. The sessions are fun and games-based. Participants devise short scenes and stage them for each other during the workshop. The themes chosen are those relevant to this age group. Each session involves feedback and discussion of the short scenes devised. They also can take part in NT Connections (below), the classical play (below), and exchanges (below) throughout the year should they wish to.

 

Touchstone runs from September to July, including on bank holidays and on mid-term breaks, although young people may join at any time in the year, provided they are at least 14. There is a two-week break at Christmas and at Easter. All members must complete a membership registration form with their parents.

Due to COVID-19 we request the parent or guardian to sign a declaration indicating their child is either vaccinated, immune to COVID-19, or has taken either a rapid antigen test (RAT) or PCR test in the last seven days and tested negative. Please contact info@crookedhouse.ie if this is not the case and you still wish for your child to partake.

Facilitators - Oguzhan Sahin and ESC volunteers.

Touchstone
Touchstone

For Ages 14-16

Typical workshop exercise

A typical workshop

Thursdays, 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Caliban is a workshop company for older teenagers. In it we develop different and more advanced styles and techniques of performance in a fun and engaged way. This group devises drama based on their own themes and ideas. They stage one devised piece of theatre every year and can take part in a scripted play - NT Connections (see below). They may also take part in the classical play (see below). Travel opportunities also present themselves from time-to-time, where several of the group may be selected to take part in theatre encounters and exchanges in Ireland and abroad (see below).

 

Like most of our workshops, Caliban runs from September to July, including on bank holidays and on mid-term breaks. There is a two-week break at Christmas and at Easter. All members must complete a membership registration form with their parents. Usually, young people may join at any time in the year, provided they are at least 17.

Due to COVID-19 we request the parent or guardian (or participants if they are aged 18 or older) to sign a declaration indicating their child (or themselves) is either vaccinated, immune to COVID-19, or has taken either a rapid antigen test (RAT) or PCR test in the last seven days and tested negative. Please contact info@crookedhouse.ie if this is not the case and you still wish for your child to partake.

 

Facilitators - Oguzhan Sahin, Narod Shahinian and ESC Volunteers

Caliban
Caliban

For Ages 17-19

Typical workshop exercise

A typical workshop

Typical workshop exercise

A typical workshop

Echo Ensemble
Echo Ensemble

Time TBC

Acceptance by audition ONLY. Apply by ticking the Echo option on the Membership Registration Form

The Echo Ensemble is a performance collective for those who wish to engage more with theatre forms, performance activities and collaboration. There will be a focus on movement, devising, and various styles of performance. The sessions develop group dynamics to an advanced degree, placing high focus on commitment, reliability and openness. There will be a maximum of 12 participants in the ensemble. The group aims to create a public performance at the end of the year.

 

Echo will be facilitated by all members of staff and the volunteering team, each delivering ‘modules’ or series of workshops on different topics and styles.

If you are interested in applying for the Echo Ensemble, ensure to tick the relevant box on the Membership Registration Form. Anyone interested in this ensemble must audition first (this includes those who were in the pilot Echo ensemble earlier in 2020). The audition will require a performance of a contemporary monologue of your choice (not more than 3 minutes, and can be from a play or film or TV show) and an interview. The ensemble will begin in October or November, depending on when we reach a suitable number of participants.

For Ages 16+

Movement piece example

A Physical Theatre performance

Typical movement warmup exercise

A Physical Theatre workshop

Saturdays, 11:00am to 2:00pm

 If interested, send an email to info@crookedhouse.ie

The Dréimire project is a unique Crooked House Theatre Company initiative open to Kildare Youth Theatre members which offers financial and educational support to young actors who wish to study theatre abroad. 

 

The process of auditioning for a place at a recognised drama school is quite arduous. Some schools can have between 3,500 and 6,000 young people aged 17 to 25 (approximately) audition for one of 16 (or 27) places on their BA in Acting. 

Most of these acting colleges are situated in London, and so auditions can consist of up to FIVE flights to London and back, only to be rejected at the final hurdle, although this has been somewhat eased by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, mentorship to succeed in these auditions can be extremely expensive, frequently prohibitively so. 


The Dréimire young acting school therefore offers one-to-one coaching to help with the auditions, as well as support with associated costs, the application process, and all the hurdles in between. It is intended exclusively for those from socioeconomically challenged or disadvantaged communities, such as minorities, those who do not speak English as their mother tongue, or those from rural backgrounds.

If this applies to you and you are interested in auditioning for third level acting, please contact us at info@crookedhouse.ie with the title "Dreimire". 

Read more about the Dréimire project here.

Dréimire - Young Actors' School

For Ages 18-25

Dreimire flyer.jpg
Chairs

Time TBC

12 members. Access by Invitation ONLY, or by specially arranged audition

The Senior Ensemble is for older performers who have committed a few years to Kildare Youth Theatre, or who are experienced stage performers. It is not open to general membership. 

 

We maintain a set number of places in the Senior Ensemble and competition for a place is high. Members are invited to join, usually when existing members leave. Alternatively, young people with enough stage experience can request to be auditioned to take part in the ensemble. If successful, they will go on a waiting list and join the ensemble when a place is free.


The group works on advanced performance structures, creating devised shows during the year. Most of the projects have been to date funded by the Arts Council's Young Ensembles Scheme. It involves the group researching and devising a piece to be staged in Riverbank in late January or early February. The ensemble members work with Artistic Director Peter Hussey to make their shows which often tour to festivals abroad.

Recent productions from the Senior Ensemble include the ongoing Act of Oblivion series and Venetians, which can be viewed on our Videos page.

Senior Ensemble

For Ages 20-25

Cian Ó Náirigh from the Senior Ensemble performing in 'The Penal Laws'

Cian Ó Náirigh from the Senior Ensemble's The Act of Oblivion IV: Penal Laws (2019)

Peter McHale of the Senior Ensemble performing in the play 'Queen's County'

The Senior Ensemble perform The Act of Oblivion III: Queen's County (2020)

Senior Ensemble

Not Currently Running

Every year Kildare Youth Theatre rehearse and perform a Shakespearean play, generally one which is based on that year's Leaving Certificate syllabus. This year's work will be Macbeth, to be staged in May 2022.
 

The cast will be auditioned from all the workshop ensembles, and from any schools who are interested. Auditions will also be open to non-workshop members, and these will be held in late September. To apply for auditions, please select the relevant application on our Membership Registration Form, or contact your workshop facilitator for more information.

 

Rehearsals begin in September and happen on Wednesday evenings (6pm – 8pm) and Sundays (1pm – 5pm). You are rarely needed for rehearsals every Wednesday and Sunday – it depends on the scene we are rehearsing each day.

 

The show is staged around the first week in May for 5 performances, two of which are matinees for schools (so you need to be able to take those two days off school/college).


Recent productions have been The Merchant of Venice (2020), Hamlet (2019), Macbeth (2018), King Lear (2017), The Merchant of Venice (2016), Othello (2015), and Romeo and Juliet (2014), . In May 2020 we were due to perform Romeo and Juliet but had to cancel due to the pandemic. See our Videos section in our website for full plays and trailer/teasers for each of the plays we’ve done to date.

Shakespearean Production:

For Ages 13-20

Macbeth Pic 5

Macbeth  (2018)

Lauren Kelly from our 2017 King Lear production

King Lear (2017)

Sundays, 4:30pm-6:45pm

Cast size dependent on play. Auditions open to all workshop members, email oguzhan@crookedhouse.ie

Since 2002 Kildare Youth Theatre has taken part in this festival of youth theatres run by the UK National Theatre (NT) in London. Each year the NT commissions ten new plays from
established writers and offers them to over 200 youth theatres and schools around Britain and Ireland to perform. KYT has performed over 30 of the new plays since 2002, including brand new work by Mark Ravenhill, Enda Walsh, Lisa McGee, Denis Kelly, Jon Fosse, and Nancy Harris. Every July, just ten of the 200+ youth theatres are selected to perform their play in the South Bank in London’s West End and four times, KYT has been selected to stage their play in The National Theatre (in 2003, 2008, 2015 and 2019).

Rehearsals for Connections begin in the autumn; the play is staged locally in March and feedback is given by a director from London’s NT. Then it travels to be staged in the Lyric Theatre in Belfast in April.

 

To be an actor/performer in this project you must audition, but there are roles for musicians, stage managers, sound and lighting technicians, designers, props and costume managers, and a host of other technical roles, all of which you just sign up for. To apply for auditions, please email oguzhan@crookedhouse.ie, or contact your workshop facilitator for more information.

 

Most of the cost of taking part in Connections is subsidised by Crooked House, but you will have to pay for a trip to Belfast (bus and hostel accommodation for 2 nights) in March/April when we perform at the Lyric Theatre. This cost usually averages €80 - €100.

 

Further information about the NT Connections programme is available here.

Connections Festival
National Theatre (NT)

For Ages 12-19

The Cast of our 2019 Connections play, 'The Small Hours'

The Cast of The Small Hours (2019), one of our four groups to be chosen to perform in the National Theatre of London

Charlie Hughes-Farrell and Alec Delaney in London during our 2015 production of 'Hospital Food'

Hospital Food (2015), one of our four groups chosen to perform in the National Theatre of London

(POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE)

 

For many years we have staged one of the non-Shakespearian texts on the curriculum for Leaving Cert English. Previous productions have been Wuthering Heights (2019), By the Bog of Cats (2018) and A Doll’s House (2016). The projects often feature directorial debuts for our older members, such as those in the Senior Ensemble, and the cast are often students studying the chosen play.
 

Auditions for this project are usually in early summer (June or July), with performances around late January or February. However due to limitations triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have put this project on hold until further notice.

Senior Cycle

For Ages 15-20

Seán Dose and Caoimhe Battault from our 2017 production of 'A Doll's House'

Seán Dowse & Caoimhe Battault in A Doll's House (2017)

School Play

Performed in June - rehearsals at performers discretion

Applications for the project will be advertised in December

 

Each year we have staged at least 2 scripted plays, or one devised play, for Newbridge's June Fest. June Fest is a yearly community festival which consists of events of all types across the town of Newbridge during the month of June.

 

Each year, we devise plays which can be performed in our own studio, or recently more often plays to be performed at special locations. They are usually under an hour in length.

 

Auditions for these plays take place from December to January. Rehearsals are then arranged at times to suit the cast and director. Further information will be made available by email to members in December.
 

Previous productions for June Fest in our studio have included The Séance (2019), Purple (2019), A Little Box of Oblivion (2018), and for site-specific; Delicious Intent (performed in tents in the park in 2016), Car Plays (staged in cars in a car park in 2015), and Do Not Disturb (staged in hotel bedrooms in The Gables in 2014).

June Fest

For Ages 14-20

John Cleary from our in-car performance in 2016

Car Plays (2016)

June Fest

No fixed date - often summer months

Invitation by email or public social media posts ONLY 

 

As per usual, there will be national projects (run by Youth Theatre Ireland) and Erasmus+ funded international exchanges and projects with our theatre partners across Europe this coming year.

 

Details about them will be made available to all members by email in due course. Participation on these is free – all costs are covered – but competition for places is competitive.

 

Only those over 14 and actively involved in other workshops and projects will be eligible.

Previous recent project locations include Greece, France, Spain and Italy to name a few.

(Inter)National Projects

For Ages 14+

Play The Change exchange in Spain

Play The Change (2017), Organya, Spain

No fixed date - often once a month

Posted on our social medias as dates are confirmed 

 

As well as scheduled workshops and rehearsals, Kildare Youth Theatre also regularly runs informal open mic nights, for our members and also for any young person (aged 13 to 20) who is not a KYT member. 

 

These are low-fi gigs for musicians, singers, spoken-word artists, dancers, poetry readers and anyone who has a desire to perform in front of their peers - it can be anything! It is a supportive, vibrant atmosphere with positive feedback and encouragement.

 

Follow our social media pages to keep updated with Open Mic Nights, especially our Facebook page.

Open Mic Nights

For Ages 13-20

Typical Open Mic performance

Live music of all varieties are common sights at out Open Mic Nights