Upcoming Events/Productions

The Young Playwrights Programme 2021

After the success of the Young Playwrights Programme 2020 we are delighted to be bringing it back this year and from now until the 30th of September we are accepting new short plays (under 15 minutes long) from all young playwrights between 14 and 19 years living in Waterford and the surrounding areas. 


The YPP panel will then pick out three plays and over the following five months the young writers will be mentored by local playwrights Nicola Spendlove, Jim Nolan and Martina Collender in order to turn their script into a high-quality professional play that will receive a rehearsed reading as part of the 5th annual The Lit Festival 2021 happening this November.


No prior experience is needed to get involved and even if your play is not chosen you will still get valuable feedback. To enter please send on your short play / extract to info@waterfordyoutharts.com by the 1st of June and we will get back to you soon afterwards.

Date:  TBC

Location: TBC

Summer Theatre Project 2021 - Romeo and Juliet 

Shakespeare in the Park

With the spirit of optimism of performing artists sorely tested by the current global closure of theatres, there was a particularly warm welcome for the news this week that Waterford Youth Arts 2021 Summer Theatre Project will be William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, in a production directed by Jim Nolan.

The timeless story of two young star-crossed lovers whose tragic deaths reconcile their feuding families, Romeo and Juliet is one of the world’s best loved plays and Jim Nolan’s production is sure to be one of the highlights of Waterford’s theatrical year.

Announcing the production, WYA Artistic Director, Ollie Breslin, said that we are really looking forward to bringing this show to the public in August. We will be performing for six nights from August 16th to 21st in Wyse Park and with a cast of 30 teenagers and we are sure it will be a show not to miss. We are very grateful to all the support from Waterford Council that is enabling us to keep theatre live this summer and also to our partners on the production Garter Lane Arts Centre.

Date:  Monday the 12th of July - Saturday the 21st of August

Location: Wyse Park