THERE was an exciting step for youth arts in Offaly recently with the official launch of Offaly Youth Theatre at Birr Theatre and Arts Centre.
Established following a successful pilot programme in 2010, the theatre is open to all young people between the ages of 14 and 18, weekly workshops are run for two terms annually,.
While performing is part of the experiences they will learn, importantly it also provides the young members with opportunities to develop social and personal skills and positive self-esteem. At present there 34 members between three chapters in Birr, Banagher and Tullamore with plans underway to expand into Edenderry in late 2012.
This project is facilitated by local theatre professionals Macdara Deery, Angela Ryan and Anne Clarke, Offaly Youth Theatre, singer-songwriter, artist, illustrator and graphic designer Roesy. Whilst he now lives in Melbourne, Australia he maintains close links to the community he was delighted to become involved.
Offaly Youth Theatre is supported by Offaly County Council, the Arts Council of Ireland and Birr Theatre & Arts Centre with thanks also due to the individuals, venues and schools that facilitated workshops. Offaly Youth Theatre is also affiliated with the National Association of Youth Drama. New members are always welcome and should contact Janine on 087 2071258 or firstname.lastname@example.org.