Category Archives: Youth Theatre


‘Barnstorm has been one of the best experiences of my life and I will forever treasure the laughs, the shows, the workshops and the incredible friends I made. The confidence and acceptance you gain from being part of this group is unparalleled’ Stephanie (member 2018 to date)

‘Coming out of lockdown and working with such a lovely, fun and talented group of people, getting to know them and work with them, has been amazing. Barnstorm is a place where we can all come and be ourselves, as loud and as mad as we want without being judged, and I am very grateful for it.’ Ruby, 16 (member 2019 – to date)

‘The Youth Theatre is one of my favourite organisations in Kilkenny. Through it I managed to make friends and enjoy myself immensely.’  Matthew (member 2016 to date)

‘’ …thank you so much for all your hard work and effort over the past two years and I can honestly say that those two years have benefited me tremendously….’  Eimear, 17

How do I join Barnstorm Youth Theatre?

Barnstorm Theatre Company has three youth theatre groups:

    Senior (SYT) for those at least 14+ yrs,

    Middle (MYT) for those in 1st and 2nd year

    Junior (JYT) for those in 5th and 6th class

Barnstorm Youth Theatre (BYT) runs from September to May/June and takes in new members each September.  The closing date each year for applications is the 31st of August.  Those interested can express their interest by using the link above.

We to make room for everyone who is interested, this is not always possible due to resources and numbers.  If there needs to be a selection of new members, it is based on the gender, geographical and age breakdown of the current group and the applicant’s reason for joining.

Senior Youth Theatre

Tuesday from 5.30 – 7.30pm.  The annual production takes place shortly after the Easter school holidays.  There is an additional time commitment expected for rehearsals, however consideration is given to other commitments e.g. exams, school etc.

Middle Youth Theatre

Wednesdays from 4.30 – 6.00pm.  The year comes to an end with a performance for family and friends.  There may be some extra time commitment around the time of production which takes place on Saturday 15th June  as part of Cruinniú na nÓg  2024 – A day of free creativity for children and young people

Junior Youth Theatre

Thursdays from 4.00 – 5.30pm.  The year finishes in summer with a performance showcase for parents and friends, which takes place on Saturday 15th June  as part of Cruinniú na nÓg 2024 – A day of free creativity for children and young people

Cost

The annual membership fee is €250. This includes a registration fee of €70 to secure a place & the balance of €180 is due by December.  There is a discount of €25 per sibling and there are a limited number of scholarships available. Just ask Anja anja@barnstorm.ie

About Barnstorm Youth Theatre (BYT) in Kilkenny

Founded in 1991, BYT’s main aim is to produce theatre by young people for young people.  The youth theatre is child and young person centered and concentrates on drama and theatre skills.  There is no previous experience or a wish to have a career in theatre required.

The programme includes weekly workshops during the school year and one production a year.  

The workshops are facilitated by Rosey Hayes.  Rosey was member of a youth theatre, has trained and worked as a professional actor and director.

SYT:

Macbeth by William Shakespeare (2023)
XIV Fourteen by Droichead Youth Theatre (2022)
Alice in Wonderland adapted for stage by Anna Galligan (2019) – new production
There is Only Now by Anna Galligan, devised with SYT (2018)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare (2017)
The House of Oedipus by Anna Galligan (2016)
Alice in Wonderland adapted for stage by Anna Galligan (2015)
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (2014)
KoHL devised by Droichead Youth Theatre with Sharon Cromwell (2013)
Gormanghast by Mervyn Peake, adapted by John Constable (2012)
Paving Paradise by Richard Conlon (2011)
A Vampire Story by Moira Buffini (2010)
Burying Your Brother in the Pavement by Jack Thorne (2009)
The Exam by Andy Hamilton (2008)

MYT:
Us and Them by David Campton (2022)
(Note: MYT was formed in 2019 and due to the pandemic did not put on staged productions)

JYT:
Us and Them by David Campton (2022)
Scattered by James Butler (2019)
Don’t Shoot the Messenger by John Morton in collaboration with JYT (2018)
The Girl with The Golden Hair by Anna Galligan, devised with JYT (2017)
Trapped devised by Physically Phishy written by Geraldine O’ Neill (2016)
Grandad’s Diary devised by JYT with Anna Galligan (2015)
School Lockers three one acts designed and directed by JYT (2014)
In Quest of a Play devised by Physically Phishy written by Geraldine O’ Neill (2013)
Don’t Shoot the Messenger by John Morton in collaboration with the JYT (2012)
Beowulf devised by JYT, written by Anna Galligan (2011)
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare – abridged (2010)
Mythika devised by JYT (2009)
The Dahl Project devised by JYT (2008)

 

Three of many writers were chosen to develop their ideas with support and guidance from Barnstorm and to ultimately produce the plays in 2024. For Cruinniú na nÓg 2023 young people will explore elements of the three scripts in a process to support the development of the young writers’ plays.

On Saturday 10 June we will work with  3 plays  3 workshops   8-15 young actors   2 facilitators  +  you

Each session will work on one of the plays from the Triptych

Where: Barnstorm Studio, 3 John’s Quay, Kilkenny R95T382

Session 1             11:00 – 12:00

Session 2             14:00 – 15:00

Session 3             17:00 – 18:00

Phone 0567751266 to book a place to observe or contribute to the play development process

This project is funded by the Kilkenny Creative Ireland Programme 2023.

      

 

Barnstorm Theatre Company are delighted to announce our 2023 Youth Drama Camp for young people this summer. Develop confidence & interpersonal skills through drama and have some fun…    Age 8 – 14 yrs

 

Mon 10 – Fri 14 July 2023

8 – 10 years (Mornings) 10am – 1pm

11 – 14 years (Afternoons) 2pm – 5pm

 

Just €100 10% concessions for siblings – Apply PROMO CODE: Sibling-BT

BOOK on Eventbrite HERE

For further information contact us on 056 7751266 or email rosey@barnstorm.ie

Following last year’s successful run of XIV, Barnstorm’s Kilkenny Youth Theatre return to Ionad Dara, Goresbridge with their annual production. This year they bring their version of William Shakespeare’s classic Macbeth to the stage.

Macbeth tells the story of the tragic downfall of the warrior Macbeth, whose ambition causes him to abandon his morals and bring about the near destruction of the kingdom he seeks to rule.

The cast of Macbeth includes Matthew Hickey, Chris Power, Liam O’Neill, Anna Eustace, Diarmuid Maher, Eoin Cleary, Medha Trehan, Nell Snyder, Anna Purcell Duff, Ruby Woods, Matthew Downey, Lara Strauss, Jack Hoyne, Helen Doran, Katie Lawlor, Aoibhne Murphy, Aislin Konings Ferrari, Rionach Brady and Charlotte Lockwood Hutchinson.

Macbeth is running on Friday April 28th and Saturday April 29th at 8pm, with a matinee on Saturday at 3pm, in Ionad Dara, Goresbridge, R95 D654.

 

Tickets are €12.50 /€10 (Under 18’s) and can be booked online HERE

 

‘Barnstorm has been one of the best experiences of my life and I will forever treasure the laughs, the shows, the workshops and the incredible friends I made. The confidence and acceptance you gain from being part of this group is unparalleled’ Stephanie (member 2018 to date)

‘Coming out of lockdown and working with such a lovely, fun and talented group of people, getting to know them and work with them, has been amazing. Barnstorm is a place where we can all come and be ourselves, as loud and as mad as we want without being judged, and I am very grateful for it.’ Ruby, 16 (member 2019 – to date)

‘The Youth Theatre is one of my favourite organisations in Kilkenny. Through it I managed to make friends and enjoy myself immensely.’  Matthew (member 2016 to date)

‘’ …thank you so much for all your hard work and effort over the past two years and I can honestly say that those two years have benefited me tremendously….’  Eimear, 17

How do I join Barnstorm Youth Theatre?

Fill in your Expression of Interest BYT September 23 – May 24

Barnstorm Theatre Company has three youth theatre groups:

    Senior (SYT) for those at least 14+ yrs,

    Middle (MYT) for those in 1st and 2nd year

    Junior (JYT) for those in 5th and 6th class

Barnstorm Youth Theatre (BYT) runs from September to May/June and takes in new members each September.  The closing date each year for applications is the 31st of August.  Those interested can express their interest by using the link above.

Where groups are over-subscribed, open workshops are held during the first full week in September when the ways we work is demonstrated and an informal Question & Answer session about the youth theatre is held.

We to make room for everyone who is interested, this is not always possible due to resources and numbers.  If there needs to be a selection of new members, it is based on the gender, geographical and age breakdown of the current group and the applicant’s reason for joining, and their participation in the open workshop.

Senior Youth Theatre

Tuesday from 5.30 – 7.30pm.  The annual production takes place in the week following the Easter school holidays.  There is an additional time commitment expected for rehearsals, however consideration is given to other commitments e.g. exams, school etc.

Middle Youth Theatre

Wednesdays from 4.30 – 6.00pm.  The year comes to an end in May with a performance for family and friends.  There may be some extra tie commitment around the time of production which takes place on weekend in May.

Junior Youth Theatre

Thursdays from 4.00 – 5.30pm.  The year finishes in summer with a performance showcase for parents and friends, usually at a weekend in June.  There is no or minimal additional time commitment expected.

Cost

The annual membership fee is €250. This includes a registration fee of €70 to secure a place & the balance of €180 is due by December.  There is a discount of €25 per sibling and there are a limited number of scholarships available. Just ask Rosey rosey@barnstorm.ie

About Barnstorm Youth Theatre (BYT) in Kilkenny

Founded in 1991, BYT’s main aim is to produce theatre by young people for young people.  The youth theatre is child and young person centered and concentrates on drama and theatre skills.  There is no previous experience or a wish to have a career in theatre required.

The programme includes weekly workshops during the school year and one production a year.  

The workshops are facilitated by Rosey Hayes.  Rosey was member of a youth theatre, has trained and worked as a professional actor and director.

SYT:

Macbeth by William Shakespeare (2023)
XIV Fourteen by Droichead Youth Theatre (2022)
Alice in Wonderland adapted for stage by Anna Galligan (2019) – new production
There is Only Now by Anna Galligan, devised with SYT (2018)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare (2017)
The House of Oedipus by Anna Galligan (2016)
Alice in Wonderland adapted for stage by Anna Galligan (2015)
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (2014)
KoHL devised by Droichead Youth Theatre with Sharon Cromwell (2013)
Gormanghast by Mervyn Peake, adapted by John Constable (2012)
Paving Paradise by Richard Conlon (2011)
A Vampire Story by Moira Buffini (2010)
Burying Your Brother in the Pavement by Jack Thorne (2009)
The Exam by Andy Hamilton (2008)

MYT:
Us and Them by David Campton (2022)
(Note: MYT was formed in 2019 and due to the pandemic did not put on staged productions)

JYT:
Us and Them by David Campton (2022)
Scattered by James Butler (2019)
Don’t Shoot the Messenger by John Morton in collaboration with JYT (2018)
The Girl with The Golden Hair by Anna Galligan, devised with JYT (2017)
Trapped devised by Physically Phishy written by Geraldine O’ Neill (2016)
Grandad’s Diary devised by JYT with Anna Galligan (2015)
School Lockers three one acts designed and directed by JYT (2014)
In Quest of a Play devised by Physically Phishy written by Geraldine O’ Neill (2013)
Don’t Shoot the Messenger by John Morton in collaboration with the JYT (2012)
Beowulf devised by JYT, written by Anna Galligan (2011)
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare – abridged (2010)
Mythika devised by JYT (2009)
The Dahl Project devised by JYT (2008)

Through a series of drama games, exercises and physical and vocal approaches, every young person is encouraged to develop their acting skills and work with others to create their own theatre pieces. There is no experience needed. The sessions are designed to be accessible for those new to theatre and to challenge those with experience.  A week of creativity, fun, hanging out and discovering your inner wonderfulness, what’s not to like?

The sessions will be led by professional youth theatre facilitators and theatre practitioners, Anna Galligan and Rosie Hayes, and take place at Barnstorm’s venue on John’s Quay, Kilkenny.

 

TO BOOK on Eventbrite

Barnstorm Theatre – Youth Drama Camp Registration 18-22 July

Barnstorm Theatre – Youth Drama Camp Registration 25-29 July

For further information please ring Barnstorm 0567751266 or email anna@barnstorm.ie

 

 

Youth Drama Summer Camp Programme

 

Barnstorm’s Kilkenny Youth Theatre presents ‘Alice in Wonderland’, Lewis Carroll’s much loved children’s story. The senior members have enjoyed re-imagining the much-loved characters and setting their production in the dazzle of the roaring 20s.

Alice is 12 and ½ years of age and it bothers her to still be thought of as a child, even in her dreams!  Why do all these other people get to make the decisions, confuse her and boss her, after all, she is nearly thirteen.

‘Alice In Wonderland’ has a cast of 21 young people from all around Kilkenny, and the production will take a flamboyant approach to costume and set by taking influence from the 1920s. This was a time where design and look were inspired by dazzling post-war jazziness, glitter and glamour, which lends itself perfectly to the madness of Wonderland.

Playing Mouse and Cook, Maeve (16 years) said “All the characters are so unique. I have adored exploring the meaning behind all of the characters and who they might represent in Alice’s real life”

Cast member Letiesha (15), who plays Alice: “Alice is a character everyone can relate to in some way. She’s growing up and doesn’t want to be treated as a child anymore. She must face many quirky, challenging and sometimes utterly terrifying characters that mirror people in her own life. She is told to ‘Quieten down’ and ‘Hold her tongue’. Through her dreams of distorted 1920s mania, she learns to trust in herself and be confident as she goes forth in life and not to accept any nonsense! I am truly honoured to be able to play such an incredible character, who has taught me so much.”

Mark (16) is a new member of Kilkenny Youth Theatre and plays Humpty Dumpty: “The Youth Theatre is amazing! I really feel like I belong here and I can be myself. I’ve met some really amazing people too – most of my best friends!”

Anna Galligan, Barnstorm’s Outreach Officer and Director of the play: “Alice in Wonderland has seen many adaptations from Disney to Burton.  We have remained very true to Lewis Carroll’s original books of Alice both in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.  The main change is Alice is now 12 and ½ years of age, as Humpty says ‘a most uncomfortable age’.   It is when we begin to leave childhood and enter our teenage years. The group gets to work altogether in some chaotic ensemble scenes such as playing croquet in the Queen’s Garden and being jury at the Knave’s Trial. It is an insane story so it presents great challenges in terms of taking it from the page of a book to the story living on the stage. And challenges are what keeps youth theatre exciting for both members and audience.’

‘Alice In Wonderland’ is running Friday 03 May and Saturday 04 May at 7.30pm, with a matinee on Saturday at 2.30pm, in The Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny. Tickets are €18/€16 (Under 18’s) and can be booked directly from The Watergate: 056 7761674/ boxoffice@watergatetheatre.com. 

Summer Drama Camp - Booking now!

                       Summer Drama Camp – Booking now!

Barnstorm’s exciting Youth Drama Camp will run for two weeks this year from 15th – 19th & 22nd – 26th July – a fun-filled theatre camp for children and young teenagers who are interested in drama and theatre.

Facilitated by Barnstorm’s resident Youth Theatre leader, Anna Galligan, the workshops are open to all aged between 8 yrs and 14 yrs.  There is no previous experience needed.  Workshops work on different elements of performance and they culminate in a showing for family at the end of the week.  

The workshops also encourage the development of confidence and social skills. All the sessions will be delivered knowing it’s the summer holidays so enjoyment and fun is high on the agenda!

Where? St Canice’s Neighbourhood Hall, Butts Green, Kilkenny

When?  15th – 19th July 2019 & 22nd – 26th July

10am -1pm   :  8-10 yrs.

2pm – 5pm    : 11 – 14 yrs.

  • Cost is €75, with a 10% discount for members of the same family
  • To register your interest contact Anna at anna@barnstorm.ie/ 056 7751266
  • Places are reserved on a first come first served basis and cannot be guaranteed until a deposit is received
  • Parental consent, a registration form and a non-refundable deposit of €30 is required to secure a place
  • Please make cheques payable to Barnstorm Theatre Company

For more information contact Anna at anna@barnstorm.ie or 056 7751266.

When you’re seventeen every experience feels life changing – and then life goes on.

Some of the cast of ‘There is Only Now’ rehearsing for the show

Taking a break from the classics, Barnstorm’s Kilkenny Youth Theatre presents their inaugural piece of devised theatre There is Only Now with a cast of 23 young people aged 13 to 18.

There is Only Now features characters that everyone will recognise from their own school days; whether that was last week or fifty years ago. The lingo might have changed and the styles may be different, but the people remain the same.  

Asked about the devising experience, cast-member Leteisha (aged 14) said, “Devising for the production this year has been a unique and wonderful experience. I’ve learnt a lot about how a character’s actions influence how the audience perceives them.”

Speaking of her experience with this production, a fellow cast-member Gráinne (15) tells us, “It’s so easy to love every single character in this play. They’re easily identifiable with real people everyone has met in their life. Yet, they all have their own individual storylines that make them unique. I’ve really enjoyed watching the plot and the characters come to life.”

This will be Tom’s (aged 14) first production with the Senior Youth Theatre. He says “This show has been a lot of fun to make and act in. At the start of the show there’s a happy and joyful mood, but then it takes a more serious turn. The way Anna directed the show was very smart and I know that she put a lot of work into it. The other members were great so, my first year here has been fun and exciting!”

Anna Galligan, Barnstorm’s Outreach Officer and Director of the play said, “Devising is a terrifying process. You start with nothing but an idea and then you have to work as a group to get it to production. In this case, we started with the idea that, if we were to only listen to young people’s banter, we would think their lives very superficial, but there are whole lives being lived beneath the talk. I wondered if we could see if we could make a play that explored that.’

‘Then we decided to would use the story plot ‘a stranger comes to town’, and how that affects our play’s characters.  Though he does not set out to change lives, the stranger’s presence alone changes many lives in the play. The topics, story and characters are very much influenced by the members of the group and, terrifying as it was waiting for a play to emerge, once again the Youth Theatre members have outdone themselves in terms of commitment and ideas!”

‘There is Only Now’ runs from Thursday 12th to Saturday 14th of April at 8pm with a matinee on the Saturday at 3pm, in The Barn, Church Lane, Kilkenny (behind St. Canice’s Cathedral). Tickets are €12, or €10 concession. Book by calling 056 7751266 or email anna@barnstorm.ie

Please note that the play contains some strong language and deals with topics of interest to 13-18 yr. olds.

For further information contact Anna Galligan at anna@barnstorm.ie or 056 7751266

This article on Anna Galligan, appeared in the Kilkenny People newspaper on 29 March 2018

Name: Anna Galligan, Outreach Officer Barnstorm Theatre Company. 

Anna runs Kilkenny Youth Theatre and works with those who wish to use drama or theatre as a methodology in their work with young people. She resides in Kildare and has worked in Kilkenny for over eight years.

What’s your idea of a perfect day, or a perfect weekend, out in Kilkenny?

I’ve had many a perfect weekend in Kilkenny, because it usually consists of booking into one of the marvellous hotels, having a swim, hanging out with the family and then eating in one of the great restaurants in the city.  For days out, I love bringing the kids down to Castlecomer Discovery Park.  And then we usually head over to the Reptile Zoo – my son is on first name terms with the snakes and turtles down there.  On a sunny day, I like to get out of the office, wander through the city centre to the Castle park, get an ice-cream and sit and watch the world go by.

Who has made the greatest contribution to Kilkenny in your lifetime?

I know it is not a specific person, but I have huge respect for those involved in the arts in Kilkenny and in particular those who support arts participation.

What’s your first Kilkenny memory?

On the first week of work here in 2009: driving along the very narrow lanes around St. Canice’s Cathedral up to Barnstorm Theatre Company, holding my breath and hoping that no-one would come in the opposite direction!  Eight years on, it’s no bother at all.

What’s your favourite part of the county — and why?

There are many beautiful places around Kilkenny but I do spend the majority of my time in the city centre.  One of my favourite places to sit outdoors on Kieran Street, cappuccino beside me, watching the world go by and listening to the sounds of the medieval city. I grew up in Dublin and now I live in Kildare town so I love this city time during the week.

Do you have a favourite local writer or author?

At the moment my favourite writers are a whole group of young people I work with: Kilkenny Youth Theatre, because they are currently devising their next show so, though it is not writing in the traditional sense, there will be a script at the end of the process.  This is the first time we have devised from scratch so it is both exciting and terrifying. We are half way through the process and it is really a credit to them all how far this new play has progressed.

What about a favourite local walk — or view?

I love walking from Barnstorm, down High Street and on to Butler Gallery during the Kilkenny Arts Festival.  There is always such a nice buzz around the city.

What do you think gives Kilkenny its unique identity?

It has to be its city centre. The mix of independent shops, medieval architecture, historical markings, small traders and relaxed feel is unlike any other city in Ireland.

What’s the biggest challenge facing the county today?

Keeping Kilkenny City alive and well with its independent traders, coffee shops and businesses must be a challenge. So many cities, and even towns, have lost their identities to consumerism and the encroachment of chain stores and global companies.

If you had the power to change one thing in, or about Kilkenny, what would it be?

I would love Kilkenny to have its own third level education institute. It would be great if those who wanted to attend college or university had the option of studying in their own county.