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Under Milk Wood

​Jim Nolan directs Waterford Youth Arts in their summer production of

Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas.

Under Milk Wood is a surreal, impressionistic and playful account of twenty four hours in the life of a fictional Welsh village. We learn of the inhabitants’ dreams and desires, their loves and regrets.

First commissioned by the BBC as a radio play and described by Dylan Thomas as “a play for voices”, Under Milk Wood is an established classic with many different productions of this masterpiece produced since, with radio, stage and film adaptations. 

Other artists and collaborators for Under Milk Wood include set design by Ben Hennessy, movement direction by Natasha Everitt, music direction by Éadaoin Walsh, lighting design by Richard ‘Lippy’ Collins with stage manager Sinéad Hourigan.

This amateur production of Under Milk Wood (The Definitive Edition) is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of Samuel French Ltd.

August 14th - 17th 2024 at Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford -

Booking Information soon.

Fowl Play

A new play for all the Family

Fowl Play was a comedy play by Waterford Youth Arts 9-11 yrs and the 12-14 yrs age groups, written by Mary O' Donoghue and directed by Sinead Hourigan...

Tension are rising in town, can’t you feel it? The beloved pet of Duke Cluckingham has disappeared without a trace. It’s a race against the cluck to find the chicken first, as there is a handsome reward to the person to return the chicken home. Who will find the chicken first - and who has him right now? 

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LIT Festival 2023

The LIT Festival is for creative young writers to hear from other up and coming artists and to create a place of growth and community that everyone can feel safe and included in. Last year's Lit Festival took place in the venues of Chorister's Hall, Medieval Museum, Viking Triangle; Waterford Central Library and St. Patricks Gateway Centre over three days. The Lit Festival kicked off Friday the 17th to Sunday the 19th of November, 2023.

Creativity and Me

On Friday the 17th of November, 7:00 - 9:30pm at Chorister's Hall.

Waterford Youth Arts celebrated it's history of developing and encouraging creativity by commissioning four young ex-members who have become new and exciting young artists! These 4 consist of Rose Keating, an award-winning writer, Alana Daly Mulligan, an award-winning spoken-word activist, Mary O' Donoghue, a writer, actor and teacher and lastly Libby Marchant a writer, who's one-woman show 'Girlhood' , took us on a journey of self-discovery.

Teenage Kicks

On Saturday the 18th of November, 7:00 - 9:30pm at Garter Lane Theatre.

AliensinCaves, Chalk.Blonde and RedShift performed their music live, this was an opportunity to attend a liveshow and discover some new up and coming artists.

Open Mic

On Sunday the 19th of November, at The Arch.

For talented young people to get a platform to perform and get their work out there! Whether you are coming for the entertainment and are wanting to discover creative people and their work or you yourself want to perform your work and get it out there, the Open Mic is a friendly and welcoming space for all people to display their work.


Youth Arts Workshops

WYA workshops start back on Friday 5th of April and will run through to June 7th 2024.

Waterford Youth Arts works with children and young people across a range of art forms; dance, youth theatre, drama, film, creative writing, visual art and street spectacle.


Activities are programmed as terms, 3 each year (Jan – April / April - June and Sept - Dec), which tend to run in 9-week cycles during late afternoons, evenings and at weekends.

If you know someone in this age range who would love to learn about the art world while making new friends and doing something new, this is a great opportunity for them. No experience is necessary to get started and we have an open-door policy so anyone can get involved.

At WYA, safety is paramount, and while your young artists are involved in one of their workshops, you can be certain that they are learning in a safe and secure environment as all WYA staff and volunteers have been Garda Vetted and undergone child safety training. 

Registrations fees range from Eur 45 - Eur 65 per term. Bookings can be made online through or over the phone T. +353 51 879 377 (office hours) For more information, get in touch with us; see the workshops section on this website or get in touch with the team for any other information. 

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