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Roscommon County Youth Theatre  

Are you aged between 14 and 22? Have you ever wanted to work with professional actors and directors, go to see shows all over the country, meet other young people interested in theatre, and perform in front of an audience?

RCYT is a professional youth theatre organisation designed to provide opportunities for young people who wish to become involved in acting and theatre. While many members aspire to go on to careers in theatre and the film industry, it is equally rewarding for those who have no desire to pursue theatre professionally - and for everyone RCYT is a supportive youth network where members will develop their creativity, gain self confidence and make new friends.

Members take part in weekly workshops covering all areas of theatre from performance to technical production. Workshops take place in Roscommon Arts Centre with RCYT Director Catherine Simon as well as numerous national and internationally recognised theatre specialists.

Participation in theatre is an opportunity we wish to make accessible to all young people irrespective of means or ability. Therefore prospective members need not have had any previous experience of drama and membership fees are heavily subsidised by Roscommon County Council, The Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíon and the National Association of Youth Drama.

RCYT workshops take place every Sunday from 2.30pm-4.30pm in Roscommon Arts Centre. Rehearsal periods are extended in the run up to productions. RCYT organises a recruitment drive for new members every spring but takes new members year round, so if you're interested contact Catherine Simon on 086 8747024.

RCYT have had several highly acclaimed productions from conventional theatre such as The Crucible to productions such as Car Show where all the action takes place in four cars parked on the street. Previous productions include: Stuff I Buried in a Small Town; Understanding Marcus; Car Show; The Crucible; Requiem for Lena; Stories; Toil & Trouble and Folie Tha.

To mark their 10th anniversary, Roscommon County Youth Theatre brought together past and present members to present four short plays directed by four of Ireland’s leading theatre directors - Padraig McIntyre - Livin Dred Theatre Company; Jo Mangan - Performance Corporation; Jason Byrne - Loose Canon Theatre Company and Catherine Simon - RCYT. The four plays, together entitled “4X” were presented in Roscommon Arts Centre in January 2011.

As well as working with RCYT Director Catherine Simon, we invite leading national and international actors, film-makers, directors and other theatre specialists to give workshops in various aspects of theatre. In recent years some of our guest workshop leaders have included Miquel Barcelo; John Breen; Paul Burke; Veronica Coburn; Roise Goan; Ciaran Gray; Wayne Jordan; Alan King; Jenny MacDonald; Padraic McIntyre; Mickel Murfi; Kevin O'Connor; Megan Riordan; Jenny Roche and John Taite.

Theatre Trips

As a member of RCYT you will have the opportunity to take trips to see shows all over the country as well as Roscommon Arts Centre. In recent times RCYT has taken trips to Abbey Theatre, Dublin; Backstage Theatre, Longford; Hawkswell Theatre, Sligo; Peacock Theatre, Dublin; Project Arts Centre, Dublin and Town Hall Theatre, Galway.


National Association of Youth Drama

As a member of the National Association of Youth Drama, RCYT members have access to numerous national events and opportunities.
National Youth Theatre (NYT) is an annual large-scale production with professional artistic and technical teams and a cast of young people from youth theatres across Ireland.
The Young Critics Programme brings members of youth theatres from around the country together to attend workshops in the critique of professional theatre, to attend performances at leading Irish festivals and to give critiques of the performances at the Young Critics Panel during the Dublin Theatre Festival.
The National Festival of Youth Theatres is an annual gathering of Youth Theatres from around the country where each group showcases their work, develops new skills, and meets and works with other Youth Theatres.

Interested in joining?

RCYT is always looking for new members. If you between 14 and 18 years old and interested in any aspect of theatre, joining RCYT is a great way to meet other people who have the same passion as you. It’s very sociable and you will have the opportunity to learn a whole range of new skills and to work in a professional theatre setting.
Some former members of RCYT have gone on to study theatre at third level and found that RCYT gave them a distinct advantage. But whether you want to make a career out of it or would just like to make friends, express yourself and have fun, RCYT could be the place for you.

For more information contact:
Catherine Simon, Director, RCYT
086 8747024, cassimon@hotmail.com

Roscommon County Youth Theatre is an initiative of the Arts Office of Roscommon County Council and is funded by Roscommon County Council and the Arts Council of Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaíon.
What members have said about RCYT…
“It has definitely given me more confidence and the ability to express myself more freely“

“I made so many friends and had so many good experiences“

“Working with different people has shown me how many paths there are in drama“

“Fantastic, brilliant, real, dramatic, emotional, totally unique“

“Without RCYT I wouldn’t have realised my ambitions“

“The best thing was that everyone in the company wanted to be there and wanted to be actors“

“Being on a professional stage gave me a great insight into the world of theatre“

“It prepares you for adulthood in a way“

“I’m 100% more confident and comfortable with my abilities“

“Having fun together and pulling together under pressure – the full teamwork package“

“Because of RCYT I find it easier to make new friends”

“An experience that cannot be recreated through any other medium“

“It was the best and most positive experience of my life thus far“