Upcoming Events/Productions

The Lit Young Writers Festival 2020

19/11/2020

For the fourth exciting years in a row ‘The Lit Young Writers Festival’ (Europe’s only reading and writing festival for teenagers that’s orchestrated by teenagers) returns with a treasure trove of terrific events including wonderful workshops, spectacular spoken word and great guests.

This year’s line-up of Local, National and International Author’s includes Amy Beashel (Feminist and Author of ‘The Sky Is Mine’ a novel exploring domestic abuse and rape culture) who will be running an LGBTQ+ Based Workshop as part of the festival and Megan Nolan (Writer, Journalist and Author of the soon to be released Acts of Desperation) who is back for her second year.

But that is only the tip of the iceberg, there will be many more exciting digital and in person events happening this year including the conclusion of the Young Playwrights Programme. So stay tuned and follow The LIT Festival  on Instagram @thelitfestival or click on the logo  and to go to their Facebook Page for all the latest news and announcements.

Stolen Time - Waterford Youth Arts 26th Summer Theatre Project

23/08/2020

“See what happens when Imogen wanders into the woods where nobody goes because many years ago a child had a tragic accident there. What is it about these woods that makes them so strange and eerie and what is that sound that she follows? Will Imogen ever emerge again and does she even know what's real or imaginary anymore....”

This Summer ‘Waterford Youth Arts’ and ‘Garter Lane Arts Centre’ will be bringing you the first Youth Theatre show to happen in Ireland since the start of the pandemic – “Stolen Time”.

Stolen Time is a MAGICAL new play by the brilliant Waterford playwright Martina Collender who brought you ‘One Hundred Thousand Breaths' (2016) and ‘If The Lights Change’ (2017). She will be joined once again by director Liam Meagher and together they aim to create a super hat-trick of productions.

... Come away human child for the world's more full of weeping then you can understand...Imogen has spent 17 years of her time, she SHOULD be laughing away her last summer before College, she SHOULD be waiting on her Leaving Cert Results, she SHOULD be getting ready for her Debs but she's not. She's not doing much of anything, she's not able to do much of anything at all these days because Imogen's time is being stolen from her. She's already lost months of her life and can't bear the thought of watching the rest of her time slip away. Imogen doesn't belong in this world anymore. She doesn't know how to belong in our world. Join Imogen as she steps out of herself and into a world full of magic that is her last hope to find redemption.

‘Stolen Time’ will be performed by Waterford Youth Arts in partnership with Garter Lane Arts Centre in Wyse Park on the 24th of August with further dates, and details to be announced shortly.

 

The Young Playwrights Programme

23/04/2020

Waterford Youth Arts is two months into the Young Playwrights Programme (A creative writing programme for aspiring young playwrights where they partner up with professional playwrights in turning their own idea into a fully-fledged play by learning the ins and outs of playwrighting) and currently three brilliant young people are working with local playwright’s Nicola Spendlove, Jim Nolan and Martina Collender in turning their ideas into reality.

Rehearsed readings of these plays will be happening during The Lit Festival 2020, so until then from all the WYA team we wish the three of you the best of luck with this endeavor and we can’t wait to see what narratives you weave.

The Machine – A Waterford Youth Arts and Brothers of Charity Services Waterford Production

As strong as a bull, as fast as lightning, the ability to bend time and space… for Professor Clamclogs new invention anything is possible. But when a new villain – ‘Dr Evil Knieval is loose on the streets of Waterford’and learns about this new machine things become… dangerous.  Luckily there's a bunch of everyday heroes turned super to answer the call, to work together and fight against this unpredictable villain.


This production was directed by Liam Meagher and created by the cast of twenty actors who spent a number of workshops with Liam and together they created their own superhero story. Keith Currams shot the film and John Loftus edited the footage, local artist Declan Pierce created the drawings which are essential to the look of the film, audio was handled by Heather Troy Whelan and Éadaoin Walsh wrote the musical score and also took charge of Production, costumes by Shauna Farrell.

How will this monumental showdown go down, what dastardly plans does the Doctor have up his sleeve. Find out soon. Free Event  - Time, Date and Location to be announced.

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