Ellie has been a member of Activate Youth Theatre for 3 years and has participated in a variety of workshops and productions in this time. She also has interest videography. She is thrilled to be taking part in the Young Critics Programme 2020, and can’t wait to meet new people and learn all about critiquing theatre!
The response to Youth Theatre Ireland’s call out for Young Critics this year was phenomenal. We received 45 applications from youth theatres all across the country. The standard of application was exceptionally high and we were lucky to be able to select 16 young people with a broad range of youth theatre experiences.
We are delighted to announce our cohort of Young Critics for 2020.
Sinead Barry, Lightbulb Youth Theatre, Mallow, Co. Cork.
Cathal Brace, Griese Youth Theatre, Co. Kildare.
Marc Cheevers, Explore Youth Theatre, Co. Kildare.
Sarah Cooney McCann, M.A.D. Youth Theatre, Dundalk, Co. Louth.
Emma Corrigan, Monaghan Youth Theatre.
Harry Eaves, Mr. Sands Youth Theatre, Bray, Co. Wicklow.
Dylan Gallagher, Leitrim Youth Theatre Company Carrick On Shannon.
Heather Jones, Giant Wolf Youth Theatre, Tallaght, Dublin.
Katie Lacey- Curtis, Making Waves Youth Theatre, Greystones, Co. Wicklow
Caitlyn Morrissey, Co. Wexford Youth Theatre.
Ellie O’Connell, Activate Youth Theatre, Cork.
Lórcan O’Shea, Kildare Youth Theatre.
Ruairí Phelan, Dublin Youth Theatre.
Mairead Phelan, Free Radicals Youth Theatre, Tralee, Co. Kerry.
Killian Reid, Backstage Youth Theatre, Longford
Kai Ryan, Griese Youth Theatre, Co. Kildare.
We’re especially delighted to welcome members from three of our most recently affiliated youth theatres; Mr. Sands, Giant Wolf and Making Waves Youth Theatres, who will have members participating on Young Critics for the very first time.
In light of the current health emergency with COVID19, we’ve had to suspend our annual first meet up of the Young Critics in April. We hope to bring the group together later in the summer and then back again for the Young Critics Panel in October as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival.
We’d like to thank all the young people who applied, and all the youth theatres who supported their applications.
In the meantime, we will be introducing you to our young critics and publishing a selection of the critical responses across the Young Critics blog.
First up we have Heather Jones from Giant Wolf Youth Theatre based at the Civic Theatre in Tallaght. You can read her very insightful review of Howie The Rookie here on the Young Critics Blog.
As part of the NAYD Young Critics Programme 2016, the Young Critics were tasked with seeing a production in their local venues and were then asked to create a critical response vlog. The Young Critics
They were encouraged to utilise their own programming eye and select work that they would then be able to create a critical response to. These critical responses take the form of short video blog reviews or podcasts, where they discuss the shows.
Since the start of May, the Young Critics have been seeing work and then writing, shooting and editing their own individual critical response vlogs. Some of these take the form of straight up critical responses, while others utilise comedy, drama and other techniques to respond to the work.
Two of the Young Critics, Mary Condon O’Connor from Fracture/ Play Youth Theatre in Tipperary and Colm Maye from Activate Youth Theatre in Cork reviewed The Weir by Conor McPherson.
Presented by Decadent Theatre Company, the show toured Ireland in June 2016.
First up is Mary’s Review:
Watch this space where we will be uploading Colm’s review very soon.