Offaly Youth Theatre



Who is Offaly Youth Theatre

Offaly Youth Theatre was officially launched in April 2012 - Birr - Edenderry - Tullamore

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

The Offay Youth Theatre advocates the inherent value and the unique relationship between young people and theatre and is committed to extending and enhancing their understanding of this by raising artistic standards across the county. This project is supported by Offaly County Council, the Arts Council of Ireland and Birr Theatre & Arts Centre with thanks also due to the individuals, venues and schools that facilitated workshops. Offaly Youth Theatre is also affiliated with the National Association of Youth Drama.

Open to all young people between the ages of 14 and 18, weekly workshops run for two terms annually, developing participant's acting abilities in innovative ways with an ethos of placing more emphasis on the process of developing theatre skills, more than the product or pressure of putting on a performance. While performing is part of the experiences they will learn, importantly it also provides the young members with opportunities to develop social and personal skills and positive self-esteem.  Our members have gone on to study drama and film at third level and have taken part in feature films and stage performance.

New members are always welcome and should contact 05793 57400 or

Workshops:- For more information times and dates please call 05793 57400

Facilitated by:-

This project is facilitated by committed local theatre professionals who have experience in developing theatre with young people.

Board of Directors:-

The board is committed to developing and sustaining the project; Marcella Corcoran Kennedy TD, Eddie Alford, Emma Nee Haslam and Sinead O'Reilly, Arts Officer. The project is funded by Offaly County Council with fees kept low to maximise accessibility.

OUR SHORT FILM  'What it's like to be Irish' - In response to KSL's 'What it is like to be Black', Offaly Youth Theatre members have scripted and filmed this homage on the great stereotypes of Irishness. This satire deals with Irish people's fondness for alcohol, spuds, religion and the Mammy! Offaly Youth Theatre do not promote fondness for any of the above (sorry Mammy!) and assure viewers that no alcohol was consumed by underage members in the making of this film. Copious amounts of spuds were however consumed. You just can't beat them!