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Kildare Youth Theatre to take part in Shell International Connections 2003

Kildare Youth Theatre at Crooked House has been selected to participate in the Shell International Connections Festival of Youth Theatres organised by the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain. Ten youth theatres are selected from the 150 plus across the British Isles to perform one version each of ten specially commissioned plays in the Royal National Theatre in London in July. Kildare Youth Theatre is one of only 7 youth theatres from the Republic taking part in the festival this year.

Step into Spring with KYD

January sees the launch of the innovative Kildare Youth Dance Project. In association with Fluxus Dance Company, Crooked House launched a new development for teenagers and young adults in January, a development of its highly successful youth theatre provision (dance and movement are integral parts of theatre performance).

Kildare Youth Dance Project began in early January and continues until June, culminating in a public performance in Riverbank. The group will have the option of taking part in a two week, residential summer school. In the summer, Kildare Youth Dance will take part in the Irish Youth Dance festival in Dun Laoghaire. There will be a mixture of dance styles taught and the focus will be on training for composition with a layered, progressive approach to performance. Participants do not need to have any prior dance or theatre experience. While this type of dance training is hugely beneficial to would-be actors for stage or film, it is also invaluable for personal, social and physical development for teenagers and young adults.

The workshops are for two age groups: one for 12 to 15 year olds (meeting from 7.00pm to 8.15pm) and one for 16 to 21 year olds (meeting from 8.15pm to 9.30pm). The workshops take place every Wednesday evening in Newbridge. Fees for the Youth Dance Project from January to June are €90 (or €5 per session).

Crooked House Spring Performances

Not Waving: two absurdist plays

Our Lady of the Flowers by Peter Hussey and Voices in The Rubble by Darren Donohue.
11th – 15th February Tickets: €14 / €10 (KYT members €7)

Debut 2003: KYT Scene Studies
Saturday 8th March 8.00pm Tickets: €10 / €7.50
Youth Fashion and Design Show
18th March 8pm Tickets: €10 / €7.50

Kildare Youth Theatre Irish Premieres:

Totally Over You by Mark Ravenhill and Purple by Jon Fosse
31st March – 3rd April 8pm Tickets: €10 / €7.50

*See Riverbank Arts Centre Programme for details*

Crooked House Outreach and Community Projects

Crooked House Theatre Company offers a range of outreach facilities

  • Drama in The Classroom: techniques for teachers
  • Crooked Mice: children’s drama workshops
  • Crooked Sixpence: drama for the over 50’s
  • Workshops for Schools and Community Groups
  • Apprenticeship Scheme: workshopping with the company
  • Kildare Youth Dance Project


For further information and a leaflet please call Crooked House at Riverbank Arts Centre on 045 448309 or visit the website at


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