This year has been like no other, with a Young Critics programme to match.
Since June, eighteen young people from across Ireland have been honing their critical skills from the comfort and safety of their own homes.
Over the course of the Dublin Theatre Festival, the Young Critics will engage with several programmed events and will present their critical responses at this special
Join us online on Sunday Oct 11th at 4pm for a very special online event.
The Young Critics have been guided on their journey of critical discovery by our expert facilitators: Alan King in Dublin and theatre critic Dr. Karen Fricker in Toronto.
They have been working with digital tools for criticism for the last number of years and we hope that 2020 will showcase this like never before.
To book your place in our special limited capacity Zoom Room panel, please contact
We will be live streaming the event to a wider audience though our social media channels.
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The Young Critics Panel discussion took place at Project Cube on Sunday Oct 8th as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival.
Listen to full audio here are our panelists discuss three shows in front of a live audience. Chaired by Helen Meany.
Our Panelists were:
The Second Violinist
Young Critics Panelists for The Second Violinist
Tadhg Carey – Celbridge Youth Drama, Co. Kildare
Molly Foley – Activate Youth Theatre, Cork
Cian McGrath – Free Radicals Youth Theatre, Tralee, Co. Kerry
Aaron Dobson – Leitrim Youth Theatre Company, Carrigallen
Young Critics Panelists for Class
David Quinn – Monaghan Youth Theatre
Sean McManus – Dublin Youth Theatre
Lara Coady – Explore Youth Theatre, Leixlip, Co.Kildare
Caoimhe Kenny – Roscommon County Youth Theatre
Young Critics Panelists for Hamnet
Luke Murphy – Lightbulb Youth Theatre, Mallow, Co.Cork
Vanessa Byrne – Mayo Youth Theatre
Kiara Toal – Monaghan Youth Theatre
Ella McGill – Complex Youth Theatre, Dublin
Youth Theatre Ireland Young Critics at Dublin Theatre Festival 2017
Since April, the Young Critics have been honing their critical skills through workshops and online discussion with the support of professional theatre critics and facilitators. They have also been seeing lots of theatre,
collaborating with a group of Scottish Young Critics and creating their own criticism in familiar and unusual forms…
The Young Critics, representing youth theatre from all over Ireland, come together from Oct 6th – 8th, to see a number of shows, and take part in the
Young Critics Panel on Sunday Oct 8th.
The three productions the Young Critics are going to see are:
With Young Critics representing Kerry, Kildare, Cork, Leitrim,Dublin, Monaghan, Mayo and Roscommon there are workshops, lively discussions and the Young Critics Panel itself. Here the Young Critics will get the opportunity to voice their considerable opinion on the work of the Dublin Theatre Festival.
Join us Oct 8th at the
Project Arts Centr
e, Dublin at 1pm. This year’s panel will be chaired by Helen Meany.