‘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 Dunne (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 Hickey (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 Kilkenny Youth Theatre?
Fill in your Expression of Interest KYT September 22 – May 23
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
They all come under the heading Kilkenny Youth Theatre (KYT) and run from September to May/June.
KYT only 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.
Though KYT tries 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
SYT runs on 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
MYT runs on Wednesdays from 5.00 – 6.30pm. 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
JYT runs on Wednesday from 4.30 – 6pm. 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.
The annual membership fee for KYT is €250. This includes a registration fee of €70 to secure a place. There is flexibility within reason to how the balance of €180 is paid. There is a discount of €25 per sibling and there are a limited number of scholarships available.
About Kilkenny Youth Theatre
Founded in 1991, KYT’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 (concurrent with the school year) and one production a year. In the past youth theatre members have taken part in the South East Network of Youth Theatre Festivals, youth theatre workshop exchanges and numerous National Festivals of Youth Theatres.
The workshops are facilitated by Outreach Officer Anna Galligan. Anna was member of a youth theatre, has trained and worked as a professional actor and created Ireland’s only full time accredited drama facilitation course, ArtsTrain.
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)
Us and Them by David Campton (2022)
(Note: MYT was formed in 2019 and due to the pandemic did not put on staged productions)
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)