Galway Youth theatre offers a theatre training course to anyone aged 15-23. The course training, which commences in October and runs to March, offers workshops in various disciplines from characterisation and voice work to physical movement, stage combat and improvisation. Each term has a workshop training programme led by professional facilitators and members can enrol for up to two weekly workshops. At the end of the course is a showcase presentation, where members can exhibit their new skills in a professional theatre setting. Members will also have the chance to take part in specialised master-classes, theatre visits and one off projects such as the One-Act Festival and the 24 Hour Theatre Project. Members are also given the opportunity to audition for two annual productions in spring and summer, for Cúirt International Festival of Literature and Galway International Arts Festival. Each term costs €50.00.
GYT is a vibrant arts resource for young people in Galway. The productions get a high profile platform being staged in the international festivals. The company has toured in London, run schools tours and created acclaimed work throughout all of Galway’s theatres as well as making theatre in new inventive spaces; cars, hotel rooms, private houses, cafes and on the street. GYT is often the first port of call for young people who feel marginalised.
From March onwards GYT host a variety of theatre productions. These productions are supported by a professional creative team and allow members to see their skills at work. GYT’s productions range from Classical texts to new work and explores a variety of genres and styles, from traditional staging to site specific work. The latest GYT production Wit was performed during the 2018 Galway International Arts Festival to packed houses and great acclaim.
What really separates GYT from other training courses is that we provide extensive training but also give members the opportunity to actually perform. The experience of actually creating and performing a play is the most vital training available.
Galway Youth Theatre was set up in 1991. The aim of GYT was to provide a safe environment where young people could gain access to the arts through a theatre training programme. The training would allow the participants to acquire new skills in performance and to develop their confidence and self-esteem. GYT offers its main service provision to young people in Galway city but also facilitates programmes throughout Galway County.