Established in 1993, Crooked House is a theatre and arts organisation working with artists, actors, and non-actors in a range of settings to develop new performance material. We work mainly with young and emerging performers, supporting a vibrant youth organization and a well developed outreach and educational programme.
Our work is often in collaboration with international partners (for example, with the Royal National Theatre London – as part of their Connections youth theatre programme); or as co-creators of projects such as with Osmosis (Greece), the National Theatre of Scotland, Teatro della Limonaia (Italy), Le Grand Bleu (France) and Rogaland Teater (Norway).
Over the past 15 years we have developed Theatre of the Oppressed techniques for an Irish context, delivering training and projects in Ireland and abroad. We develop and facilitate participatory theatre (and applied theatre) programmes for NGOs, agencies, and community/youth organisations nationally. Many of these programmes are part of positive mental health initiatives, and although they are not dramatherapy programmes, they aim to develop life-enhancing skills mainly with young people. In this sense they are sometimes considered to be “suicide prevention” measures. For more on this visit our blog at http://www.trapped-radical.blogspot.com/
We have also premiered plays in Kildare and Dublin by writers such as Ken Bourke (1997), Anthony Neilson (1998), John Guare (1999), Mark Ravenhill (2000), Edward Bond (2001), Darren Donohue (2003), Michel Marc Bouchard (2008), Laura Wade (2009), and Kevin Elyot (2010).
Crooked House is supported by Kildare County Council.