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Activate Youth Theatre

Youth Theatres

Activate Youth Theatre

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Activate Youth Theatre was established 21 years ago in the old Graffiti Theatre premises in 50 Pope’s Quay, Cork.  Since then it has gained a reputation as a vibrant energetic breeding ground for young actors and for the development of interesting new work, both scripted and devised.  It delivers, through weekly drama workshops, a unique creative experience, which promotes artistic and social development, which serves the young people at its heart.  All members take part in a programme of workshops which include acting skills, physical theatre, script writing, snatch comedy and devising.


For the past 10 years we have had access to the studio and theatre in Graffiti’s current premises in Blackpool, Cork and members have been involved in  one major production  and several minor ones annually.  Many of our members have gone on to pursue a career in the theatre and have studied in Trinity College, U.C.C., R.A.D.A., and the Gaiety School of Acting.

Recent Productions:

Salt Mountain by Carmel Winters

Success by Nick Drake;

Promise by Megan Barker;

My City Saturday by Geraldine O’Neill (devised by Activate Youth Theatre);

Oedipus Antigone by D.J. Barton;

DNA by Dennis Kelly;

Also street theatre performances at the Blackpool Shopping Centre and Snatch Comedy Evenings.

Age range: 15 – 20 years

Workshops every Wednesday evening: 7.00 – 9.00pm.

Start Date: 16th September 2015

Membership fee – €145.00 per annum.

If you would like to come along to a workshop please email


Activate Junior Youth Theatre

Physically Phishy Youth TheatreActivate Junior ( formally ‘Physically Phishy Youth Theatre’) has been in existence for the past 15 years and is open to 10-14 year olds.  Our workshops aim to develop the acting, playwriting, devising skills of our member but we also hope to bring young people to and better and clearer understanding of themselves and others as creative human beings through the medium of drama. We have one large-scale production, involving all members, annually. Members work together to devise their own scripts. Through our association with the National Association for Youth Drama (NAYD) members have attended the National Festival of Youth Theatres in Kilkenny.  Group visits to theatres are also organised.

Recent Productions:

Good Stuff by Geraldine O’Neill – the story of a house devised by members;

Danger 1-14 by Geraldine O’Neill – a play devised by Physically Phishy Youth Theatre.  Street Games (a documentary film)  – an inter-generational film project;

The Girl whose Best Friend was a Ghost by Kate Kalin & June McCarthy – a devised play;

Against the Odds by Geraldine O’Neill – devised play which looks at friendship and how changes;

So this is Christmas by Geraldine O’Neill – a devised play which looked at the festival of Christmas through the eyes of children throughout the world.

Age range: 10 – 14 years

Workshops every Thursday evening: 5.00 – 6.30pm

Start date: Thursday 17th September 2015

Membership Fee – €120 per annum

If you would like to come along to a workshop please email


This short documentary was made by NAYD to celebrate Graffiti’s Youth Theatres.