‘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
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.
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 email@example.com
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.
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)
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)
They talk about a woman’s sphere as though it had a limit,
there’s not a place in earth or heaven,
there’s not a task to mankind given,
without a woman in it.
Kate Field (1838-1896)
This was the quote that inspired A Woman’s Sphere coming to fruition. In September of 2005 individual women and women’s groups from across Kilkenny county were invited to participate in a unique project by, for and about women living in Kilkenny. With guaranteed confidentiality, over 100 women belonging to 11 diverse groups, including a community of nuns, from across County Kilkenny responded to our initial call. Those who chose to join the project participated in a series of discussions and drama workshops over a period of 7 months. They explored the question ‘What does it mean to be a woman in Kilkenny today?’
Staying true to the reality of the lives of the women participating in the project, A Woman’s Sphere attempted to capture the essence of how these groups of women define their daily experience of being a woman living in Kilkenny.
Stage 1 – Workshops
Workshops were held in September 2005 and February 2006 with each of eleven pre-existing women’s groups. Facilitated by writer Maeve Ingoldsby and Outreach Officer Rebecca Moran, the workshops used drama, writing and discussion to explore the women’s experiences. This process culminated in a single monologue piece from each group.
These were then coalesced into a single theatre piece comprising 8 monologues, adding theatrical elements of rhythm, percussion, movement, chant and song.
Stage 2 – Auditions
Open auditions to perform in the final piece were held in March & April, and were open to any woman living in Kilkenny – regardless of whether or not she had participated in the process up to that point.
Stage 3 – Performance
The final theatre piece was scripted by Maeve Ingoldsby and Rebecca Moran (who also directed) and was presented in June 2006 by 9 local women, most of whom were performing in public for the first time.
A Woman’s Sphere was performed in a sphere configuration; the audience sat in the centre, facing podiums on points outside the audience.
There were two performance nights; Fri 9th June at The Barn Theatre, and Sat 10th June at The Brewery Club, Parliament Street.
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