Outreach

Crooked House is a theatre-making organisation established in 1993 in Newbridge in County Kildare, Ireland. We make theatre with, for and by young people from the ages of 11 to 21. We train young people aged 21 to 30 in Drama Facilitation and support others to audition for acting college.Participation in all our activities is free and open to anyone. Our work is inspired by tolerance, equality, social justice, compassion, and empathy. We aim to create theatre that is ambitious, challenging, aesthetically engaging, and relevant to our audiences. We run one of Ireland’s largest youththeatres (Kildare Youth Theatre), an audition preparation programme (Dréimire Project), an international volunteer programme, and several bespoke programmes for young people in schools and youth projects. We collaborate with a wide network of international partners designing theatre-making projects, training courses, and exchanges.And we work with international actor-training universities to deliver masterclasses and programmes. We are a registered Irish charity (not-for-profit organisation) whose number is 20143534.

We are a Company Limited by Guarantee, registered in Ireland as Number 31330. Our Revenue CHY Number is 20229.

TY Drama

We work with some local schools to provide a free weekly programme of drama for the Transition Year classes. The programme builds confidence, opening young people up to the benefits of creative collaboration. The progarmme runs for a year, weekly, culminating in an in-house and informal showcase of work for an invited school audince in May.

Requirements: A large space, cleared of desks, that is not used by other people to pass through during the workshop. A space where noise can be made freely without discturbing others nearby.

Adúntas: Junior Cycle Drama

This project is for students who might develop confidence and positive self-esteem through participation in drama over the course of the year. They will be from different years in the school’s Junior Cycle classes.
The aim of the programme is to:

  • increase self-esteem and confidence
  • build social skills
  • develop life skills experienced in drama (decision-making, dealing with impulses, collaboration, etc
  • express themselves and their ideas
  • feel safe
  • develop positive self-image
  • learn about channelling impulses and disciplining energy

Adúntas is Irish for that feeling we all get when entering a new space or joining a new group of people – sometimes it’s apprehension and other times it’s curiosity and interest.

Requirements: A large space, cleared of desks, that is not used by other people to pass through during the workshop. A space where noise can be made freely without discturbing others nearby.

AÉalú: Senior Cycle Drama

Leaving Certificate, and Senior Cycle in general, can be a stressful time for young people. It is more so the case now when many normal stress-relieving team activities like sport and music are restricted. The Éalú project is designed to offer a once-a-week session for students in Senior Cycle to de-stress, to forget about external issues for a brief period, and to recharge in a new, collaborative environment that has nothing to do with academic ability or expectation.
Research shows that students who engaged in collaborative drama in their final years of secondary school manage to develop key cognitive abilities beyond normal levels, thus enhancing their capacities for the demands of Leaving Cert study. The Éalú project will use problem-posing drama activities, group tasks, timed creative exercises, and devising, to engage imagination, intellect and energy. During the session it is expected the students will be too engaged to worry about subjects and curriculum. It is actually very suited to students who have a lot on their plate with subjects and workload.

​Requirements: A large space, cleared of desks, that is not used by other people to pass through during the workshop. A space where noise can be made freely without discturbing others nearby.

Youth Projects

We can make once-off and taster workshops, or a series of several workshops, for youth clubs, projects, resource centres and other youth groups in the area.

These are all tailored to suit the needs of the group. They can happen at any stage during the year provided sufficient time is given to plan.

All our facilitators are Garda vetted but time will need to be allowed for youth projects to process their own vetting.

Conferences

We have a long and proud tradition of creating bespoke theatre and film for conferences and events. We make the perfromances to capture some of the conference theme or research, and present it early in the shcedule in order to provide dynamism and embodied content to the work.

We will usually need at least 3 or 4 months lead in to make work for a conference. The work will ususally be 10 to 15 minutes.

Enquiries

Our Outreach work can be made to suit most needs in the community. Please send an email to Peter Hussey
info[at]crookedhouse[dot]ie or Oguzhan Sahin oguzhan[at]crookedhouse.ie to discuss your ideas.