Barnstorm Theatre Company

Kilkenny Youth Theatre

The House of Oedipus – 2016

In April 2016, 18 members of KYT took on quite a challenge – four Greek Tragedies in one, looking at the family of Oedipus, from his banishing of The Sphinx, to his exile, to war between his sons, the death of his daughter, Antigone and the resulting downfall of his brother-in-law, Creon. Was all of this his fault or were the gods punishing him for some sin unknown to him. Is a man guilty if he is not aware he is committing some of the most vilest crimes imaginable…


Alice in Wonderland – 2015

In April 2015, 21 members of KYT combined the mad and nonsensical worlds of Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland and Looking Glass. In our version, Alice is 12 and ½ years old and it bothers her to still be thought of as a child. Why do all these other people get to make the decisions, confuse her and boss her? After all, she is nearly thirteen.


Romeo and Juliet – 2014

In May 2014, fourteen members of Kilkenny Youth Theatre tackled The Bard…and they won! A tale of death, woe, love, hate, passion, ‘Romeo and Juliet’ gave plenty of scope to explore the extremes of human emotion. And also gave this young cast a chance to battle a language and speak it like they were born to it. They weren’t ‘acting’ Shakespeare, they were living breathing Montagues and Capulets.


KoHL – 2013

In April 2013, sixteen members of Kilkenny Youth Theatre took a trip back in time, to when criminality, illegal booze, and brawls were in full swing. Taking on a slice of real history, The Prohibition, KYT explored the genre Film Noir. There was the private eye, the femme fatale, the gangsters, the molls and the hungry newshound. The audience was transported back to 1930’s New York and into ‘a whole heap o’ trouble’.


Gormenghast – 2012

In April 2012, sixteen members of Kilkenny Youth Theatre brought the dark corridors of Gormenghast to life. A story of family responsibilities vs personal freedom, good vs evil, young against old and how murder, seduction and rebellion can rock traditions held fast for thousands of years to their very core.


Paving Paradise – 2011

In May 2011, Kilkenny Youth Theatre with a cast of sixteen asked us what is our responsibility in taking care of our world? Chris has a headache, a migraine, he’s off form and now he has to work with the ’geeks’ of the school on an ‘Environmental Project’, you just know it’s not going to be his week…or is it?


A Vampire Story – 2010

Performed in April 2010 with a cast of eleven, ‘A Vampire Story’ played to full houses and gave Kilkenny Youth Theatre another successful run. The new girl in school Ella, befriends you and tells you she’s a vampire, is 200 years old and has survived by drinking human blood. Do you believe her?


Burying Your Brother in the Pavement – 2009

The story of one boy’s grief and its fantastical and theatrical journey, ‘Burying Your Brother in the Pavement’ ran in The Barn from 22 – 25 April 2009, with a cast of fourteen. With the cast involved in writing an original score, PR and design this production was truly a ‘theatre by young people for young people’.


The Exam – 2008

When KYT restarted after a hiatus The Exam was its first full length production, KYT went on to have an annual production providing ‘theatre for young people, by young people’.

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