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Upcoming Events/Productions

WYA Summer Project 2022

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Girls are grand now, aren’t they? I mean feminism won, equality is here. Girls are bosses. The Princess is not waiting for her Prince to come, anymore. 
If anything it’s harder for poor lads trying to negotiate the new world order - Or is everything just the same as it ever was?

Waterford Youth Arts with theatre director Deirdre Molloy this summer produces a new writing by Liam Meagher for young actors aged 14-19 years, where Princesses are asking the questions about what exactly is better for girls in 2022.


Who’s happily ever after is this? Who decided the boys get the swords and the girls get the frocks? Who says lads are better at lifting heavy things and girls are better at telling them where to put them. Can we just jump ahead, ahead to a place where we are actually all truly equal? 

Deirdre Molloy will run an introductory session for young people on Saturday, May 7th in the Garter Lane Theatre Rehearsal Room from 2 pm to 4 pm, with a subsequent session on Sunday, May 15th at the Arch from 2 pm to 4 pm. If you would like to come along, please fill out this Expression of Interest Form.

Waterford Youth Arts - April Workshops

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Waterford Youth Arts is back for nine MORE weeks of youth arts workshops -  Creative Writing, Youth Drama, Film Production and Visual Arts for 5 - 19 year olds are all starting back in-person from Monday the 25th  of April

If you know someone in this age range who would love to learn about the arts 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. Since the workshops are back on in person the team and members will be continuing to work In line with national COVID-19 guidance, there will be some restrictions on what they can do and how the team and members will work together to prioritize everyone’s safety and wellbeing.

All workshops are 45 euros per term except for Visual Arts which is 65 euros to cover the cost of materials. All bookings must be made online through eventbrite. 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 

The Young Playwrights Programme 2022


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 later in 2022

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