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We make theatre with, for and by young people from the ages of 11 to 25. Participation in our activities is free and open to anyone. Our work is inspired by tolerance, liberation, social justice, compassion, and empathy. We aim to create theatre that is ambitious, challenging, aesthetically engaging, and relevant to our audiences. Our activities include weekly drama workshops, rehearsals and performances of plays; devising and making new performances; actor-training; research into theatre and young people; and international youth theatre projects. We run a small space in Newbridge where we work with over 100 young people weekly. We also travel to schools and youth projects in the region every week to run free theatre programmes with teenagers. We run Kildare Youth Theatre for young people aged 11 to 20 (funded by Kildare County Council and Kildare Wicklow ETB); the Dréimire Project to prepare young people for acting college (funded by the Irish Arts Council); a year-long volunteer programme for international actors aged 18 to 30 (funded by the European Commission); and several international theatre resource projects (funded by the EU). We have collaborated with European theatres since 2002 to develop educational and performance projects with multicultural groups of young people. We train young drama facilitators and leaders to work with youth groups on themes of social justice, equality, and human rights, wellbeing, and democratic processes. These themes are explored and expressed through theatre workshops, devised performances, and plays. This work aims to promote positive mental health, increase citizenship abilities, promote liberation, and develop critical thinking.


About Us

Crooked House is supported by Kildare County Council.