Due to COVID-19 restrictions and the necessity to maintain a two-metre distance,
most workshops will happen
twice at different times with 10 to 11 members in each group.

DOWNLOAD THE 20-21 MEMBERSHIP REGISTRATION FORM HERE

 

Places will need to be booked in advance. From September onward it will not be possible to turn up and obtain a place without prior booking for as long as COVID-19 restrictions are in place. Bookings will not be taken unless a hard copy of the Membership Registration Form is filled and returned by post or hand-delivered.

How to Apply: 

 

Print off the Membership Registration Form, complete it fully, and post/hand deliver a hard copy of it to:

Crooked House, 1 Main Street, Newbridge, County Kildare, W12 KV29.

 

Places in each workshop will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be 11 or 12 places in each group. It will not be possible to choose which workshop's group to be in at this stage – the order of which workshop groups will be filled first can be read below. After that, applicants will be on a waiting list and selected if a place is no longer being used by someone, or if distancing restrictions are lifted.

We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, or for those who result on a waiting list. However the safety and welfare of our members and volunteers is paramount to all else, and we must remain vigilant during this pandemic. For any queries, do not hesitate to contact us at info@crookedhouse.ie

Read more about this here.

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

Mondays, 4.30pm to 6.30pm or 7.00pm to 9.00pm

11 places per group, first being designated to the 7-9 slot, then the 4:30-6:30 slot, and then a waiting list thereafter

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 at least 11.

 

The group devises drama based on their own themes and ideas. They also have the opportunity to take part in NT Connections (see below), the classical play (see below), and exchanges (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.

 

Due to COVID-19 we need to register people before they join the physical workshop in order to ensure we do not surpass 11 participants per group. When restrictions regarding the 2 metre distancing rule are lifted we will be able to accept more than 11 into each group.
 

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.

 

Facilitators – Vasiliki Psarra and ESC volunteers.

For Ages 11-13

A typical workshop

A typical workshop

Thursdays, 4:30pm to 6:30pm or 7:00pm to 9:00pm

11 places per group, first being designated to the 7-9 slot, then the 4:30-6:30 slot, and then a waiting list thereafter

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.

 

Although young people may join at any time in the year, provided they are at least 14, due to COVID-19 we need to register people before they join the physical workshop in order to ensure we do not surpass 11 participants per group. When restrictions regarding the 2 metre distancing rule are lifted we will be able to accept more than 11 into each group.

 

Touchstone 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.

 

Facilitators - ESC volunteers.

For Ages 14-16

A typical workshop

Performance of a short piece devised in workshops

Saturdays, 2:30pm to 4:30pm or 5:00pm to 7:00pm

11 places per group, first being designated to the 2:30-4:30 slot, then the lot, and then a waiting list thereafter

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 17however, due to COVID-19 we need to register people before they join the physical workshop in order to ensure we do not surpass 11 participants per group. When restrictions regarding the 2 metre distancing rule are lifted we will be able to accept more than 11 into each group.

Facilitators - Doug Morrison & Cian Ó Náraigh

For Ages 17-19

A typical workshop

A typical workshop

Tuesdays, 7:00pm to 9:00pm

12 members, acceptance by audition ONLY. Apply by ticking the Echo option on the Membership Registration Form

The Echo Ensemble is a new 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 16-19

A Physical Theatre performance

A Physical Theatre workshop

Fridays, 7:00pm to 9:00pm

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.

For Ages 20-25

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

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

Wednesdays, 7:00pm-9:00pm & Sundays, 1:00pm-5:00pm

Cast size dependent on show. Auditions open to members of all workshops + local secondary school students see below

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 The Merchant of Venice, to be staged in May 2021.
 

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 Hamlet (2019), Macbeth (2018), King Lear (2017), The Merchant of Venice (2016), Othello (2015). Romeo and Juliet (2014), and Macbeth (2013). 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.

For Ages 13-20

Macbeth  (2018)

King Lear (2017)

Sundays, 5:00pm-7:00pm

Cast size dependent on play. Auditions open to all workshop members

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 select the relevant application on our Membership Registration Form, 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.

For Ages 13-20

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

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.

For Ages 15-20

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

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).

For Ages 14-20

Car Plays (2016)

Monday/Tuesday 5:00-6:00 or 6:00-7:00 or 7:00-8:00

Sessions by special arrangement with Artistic Director

 

Each year some of our members audition to obtain places at third level and further education actor-training programmes. We help them prepare their audition pieces and navigate the United Kingdom's UCAS and other application systems.
 

If you would like to be supported this year you need to apply. There will be one-hour monologue work slots on Mondays and Tuesdays from 5.00pm – 6.00pm; 6.00pm – 7.00pm;
7.00pm to 8.00pm. These can be done via video link from your home, or in Crooked House’s Meeting Room space (depending on COVID-19 restrictions being lifted).

 

Only those who fully intend to audition for a place for the 2021 academic year should apply to this programme.
 

It is open to only those who:
- are taking part or plan to take part in one of the other programmes or projects
- or who have been members of Kildare Youth Theatre previously
- and who have completed a Registration Form.

 

To apply please tick the relevant box in the Membership Form.

For Ages 16+

Elliot Nolan in Karamazoo (2016), who took part in the programme in 2018 and is now studying Theatre and Drama in London

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.

For Ages 14+

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.

For Ages 13-20

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