Young Critics On The Edge
‘An amazing, life changing experience…Words cannot describe how amazing of a programme young critics is.’ NAYD Young Critic 2015
What is Young Critics On The Edge?
Young Critics On The Edge is a 5 day-long programme to develop critical analysis skills in young people aged 18–25 as part of On The Edge The World Festival of Theatre For Young Audiences.
Young Critics On The Edge is a collaboration between Barnstorm Theatre Company, NAYD (National Association for Youth Drama) Ireland and Mess Up The Mess, Get the Chance (Wales) in conjunction with the Symposium strand of the ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering for 2016.
Young Critics On The Edge is open to young people aged 18-25 who are interested in watching theatre, discovering how and why theatre is made, and learning how to critically discuss, analyse, and review Theatre For Young Audiences
Over a five-day period they will see some incredible shows, make new friends and learn about the art of theatre criticism. All this happens during On The Edge The World Festival of Theatre For Young Audiences in Birmingham from July 3rd – July 8th 2016.
In a very exciting and innovative programme young people are given an opportunity to see quality productions, develop their critical skills and make their own critical responses under the mentorship of leading International drama facilitators.
Who can take part?
Two participants from Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and England and a further two participants from the host city of Birmingham will be selected to take part.
Participants will drawn through the partner organisations of Barnstorm Theatre Company (Ireland), Mess Up the Mess (Wales), NAYD (Ireland), Get The Chance (Wales) Youth Theatre Arts Scotland, A Younger Theatre (England), Theatre NI (Northern Ireland) and Birmingham Repertory Theatre.
In order to offer individual advice and guidance on developing each young person’s critical skills, places on the programme are limited to 12 places in total.
What happens during the Young Critics?
The Young Critics will meet in Birmingham from Sunday July 3rd to Friday July 8th. Over five days the Young Critics will attend a number of theatre productions, interact with the city, participate in workshops, live blog and share their views with delegates of ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering for 2016.
How do I apply to take part in Young Critics?
Participation on the programme is free: accommodation, food, theatre tickets and travel costs to Birmingham are all covered by The Partner Organisations.
It is open to young people who will be aged between 18-25 on May 27th 2016. We are looking for young people who are comfortable meeting new people, working in a highly focused way and are not afraid to share their thoughts and opinions with each other.
To be a Young Critic you must be fully available from Sunday July 3rd – Friday July 8th and agree fully to the rules and regulations of the organisers.
The organisers will have a Liaison and Logistics Officer in place to ensure the wellbeing and safety of all participants.
For more insight about On The Edge THE WORLD FESTIVAL OF THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES Visit
Watch some former Young Critics from NAYD’s Young Critics programme in Ireland Talk about the Young Critics Programme.
If you need further information please contact Alan King at NAYD for more information.