Young Critics On The Edge – Meet the Facilitators

On the 3rd of July, 12 Young Critics from across Ireland and the UK will descend upon Birmingham for the THE WORLD FESTIVAL OF THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES.

In this blog we will be profiling the facilitators who who will be guiding the Young Critics through  On the Edge . The two facilitators are Anna Galligan and Alan King and both come with a wealth of knowledge and experience to the project

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Anna Galligan & Alan King – Facilitators for Young Critics On The Edge

Anna Galligan

Anna has been a professional arts worker for over 25 years. During this time she has worked as a professional actress, facilitated arts, dance, theatre and training programmes She has designed and delivered arts programmes and acted as a arts programme consultant in a variety of settings including youth theatre, mental health services, education and law.

Anna worked at the National Association for Youth Drama (NAYD) in Ireland for ten years. During her time at NAYD she created ArtsTrain, a full-time drama facilitation programme which became Ireland’s first full time accredited course in drama facilitation and introduced the programmes ‘Leading On…’, an annual training programme for youth theatre leaders and ‘The Young Critic’s Programme’ as well as developing various supports in terms of best practice and policy in youth theatre.

Anna is currently Outreach Officer with Barnstorm Theatre Company. As part of her work she is administrator, facilitator and artistic director of Kilkenny Youth Theatre. Anna continues to develop her practice in terms of critical analysis through her work with Red Square and Culture Club, a intergenerational critic’s programme looking at the Visual Arts and Theatre run in partnership with the Butler Gallery.

She is delighted to be teaming up with Alan and NAYD to deliver Young Critics On The Edge.

Alan King 

Alan has been professional arts worker for over 20 years. During this time his career has spanned acting, producing, directing, facilitating, venue management and arts consultancy for a wide variety of companies and organisations.

Since 2010 he has been Youth Theatre Officer for the National Association for Youth Drama in Ireland. He manages and co-facilitates the highly successful and innovative Young Critics Programme alongside Dr. Karen Fricker. Aimed at youth theatre members who are interested in watching, critically discussing and reviewing theatre,16 young people work together over a six-month period. Content is regularly added to the Young Critics Blog and the programme culminates with a live panel discussion at the Dublin Theatre Festival every October.

In addition to this Alan supports the sustained artistic development of youth theatres through the development of resources, training, support and advice and works on many other areas of NAYD’s national programme including  c0-producing the National Youth Theatre, IGNITE Youth Theatre Performance Festival and the National Festival of Youth Theatres.

He has also performed with many of Ireland’s leading theatre companies and he has worked on numerous directing, devising and facilitation projects with youth theatre/youth drama groups and professional companies. He is currently the Chair of Dublin Youth Theatre. 

He is delighted to be  co-facilitating with Anna at Young Critics On The Edge and sharing NAYD’s Young Critics practice with the symposium delegates.

Come join Young Critics On The Edge at Birmingham Repertory Theatre on July 7th  in the Parkside Building, Lecture Theatre from 5-6.30 to hear the Young Critics critical responses to several productions from On The Edge .

Learn about more Young Critics that are On The Edge here 

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 theASSITEJ Artistic Gathering for 2016.

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Meet these Young Critics that are On The Edge (pt 6)

On the 3rd of July, 12 Young Critics from across Ireland and the UK will descend upon Birmingham for the THE WORLD FESTIVAL OF THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES.

In the run up to to the Festival we will be profiling the Young Critics who will participating at On the Edge The two Young Critics that will be travelling to Birmingham from Northern Ireland are Tiarnán McCartney and Niamh Meehan. They have been recruited to the project through Theatre NI , Young at Art and Theatre For Young Audiences Northern Ireland 

Tiarnán McCartney

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Tiarnán McCartney is 19 years old and has lived in Derry, Northern Ireland all his life. Ever since Tiarnán can remember he as always loved language; playing with words, making up stories and telling people lies. Tiarnán has always had great love for music and film and has experience writing for music magazines and local newspapers, though he has only recently stumbled upon the wonder of theatre and is now completely hooked. Tiarnán is looking forward to developing his use of language and meeting fellow aspiring writers.

Tiarnán has a crazy plan to move to Berlin in September and hopes one day to make a little money from his words.

Niamh Meehan

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Niamh Meehan – Young Critic On The Edge

Niamh Meehan is an Irish undergraduate student of English Literature and Creative Writing in the city of York. Her passions are orientated around what the humanities and arts can do for people; of how they can mobilise the diversity of creative human endeavour at the level of words. She is interested in many different dimensions of literary and artistic forms; from gender studies to theatre adaptation, scriptwriting to literary theory. She hopes to cultivate these interests through a holistic education, with hopes to develop a specialism in the near future.

Come join Young Critics On The Edge at Birmingham Repertory Theatre on July 7th  in the Parkside Building, Lecture Theatre from 5-6.30 to hear the Young Critics critical responses to several productions from On The Edge .

Learn about more Young Critics that are On The Edge here 

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 theASSITEJ Artistic Gathering for 2016.

Meet these Young Critics that are On The Edge (pt 5)

On the 3rd of July, 12 Young Critics from across Ireland and the UK will descend upon Birmingham for the THE WORLD FESTIVAL OF THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES.

In the run up to to the Festival we will be profiling the Young Critics who will participating at On the Edge 

The two Young Critics that will be travelling down from Scotland to Birmingham are Connor  Gibson and Jordan  Shaw. Both have been involved with projects with Youth Theatre Arts Scotland and come to the project with great expectations.

Connor  Gibson

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The name’s Connor and I’m a young carer for my family, I work with kids and love what I do. I’m on the board of directors for Toonspeak Young People’s Theatre and a scout leader.

I have always been interested in theatre and how it makes people think and feel from a young age and I feel with this opportunity I would be able to experience a lot of theatre and actually give my opinion on it and have it heard.

Jordan  Shaw

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Jordan Shaw – Young Critic On The Edge

Hi! My name’s Jordan, and I’m an arts critic, theatre practitioner, and drama facilitator from Glasgow. I ambled along to a local drama group at the age of 9 and have been involved in the theatre – variously as an actor, a director, a writer, a dramaturg, a critic, and a spectator – ever since. When I’m not studying for my Theatre Studies course at the University of Glasgow, I write theatre reviews for The List magazine and run drama groups for young people. I also work with the Glasgow Youth Arts Hub to develop opportunities for young people to get involved in the arts. I’m extremely excited to be part of the Young Critics programme and can’t wait to delve into the programme of work on offer at On the Edge.

Come join Young Critics On The Edge at Birmingham Repertory Theatre on July 7th  in the Parkside Building, Lecture Theatre from 5-6.30 to hear the Young Critics critical responses to several productions from On The Edge .

Learn about more Young Critics that are On The Edge here 

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 theASSITEJ Artistic Gathering for 2016.

Meet these Young Critics that are On The Edge (pt 4)

On the 3rd of July, 12 Young Critics from across Ireland and the UK will descend upon Birmingham for the THE WORLD FESTIVAL OF THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES.

In the run up to to the Festival we will be profiling the Young Critics who will participating at On the Edge 

Today it’s the turn of Ravneet and Tejal who both come from the host city of Birmingham.  It is through their connection with Birmingham Repertory Theatre that they come to Young Critics On The Edge.

 

Ravneet Sehra

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Ravneet Sehra – Young Critic On The Edge

I was encouraged to study music and acting at a young age as an extra-curricular activity, but a hobby became a passion – a natural way for me to express myself and nurture my curiosity about people, art, life and culture. After shattering my parents’ dream of becoming a doctor, pursuing a career and make a living from theatre is my ultimate goal! I’m looking forward to taking part in ON THE EDGE Festival not only to develop my skills as a young critic but widen my knowledge of theatre in general and theatre for young audiences. From this opportunity I would like to gain the ability to dissect a show and give value to emerging and upcoming work presented before young people and influence theatrical standards, inevitably improving theatre for young people.

 

Tejal Mandalia

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Tejal Mandalia – Young Critic On The Edge

As a second year student studying a BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre at the University of Portsmouth, my interests (both professionally and personally) lie within anything to do with theatre and drama, as I’ve always known I wanted to get involved with theatre in any way. I was fortunate enough have links with the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, and was delighted to be selected as a young critic. I felt that being involved in the Young Critics programme is a great opportunity to further broaden my skills set and learn something new that I could possibly bring to my course, and that could also be useful after I graduate. I also take it as a chance to meet new people throughout the week and make a few new friends, as well gaining potential contacts for any future opportunities.

Come join Young Critics On The Edge at Birmingham Repertory Theatre on July 7th  in the Parkside Building, Lecture Theatre from 5-6.30 to hear the Young Critics critical responses to several productions from On The Edge .

Learn about more Young Critics that are On The Edge here 

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.

Meet these Young Critics that are On The Edge (pt 3)

On the 3rd of July, 12 Young Critics from across Ireland and the UK will descend upon Birmingham for the THE WORLD FESTIVAL OF THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES.

In the run up to to the Festival we will be profiling the Young Critics who will participating at On the Edge 

Joe and Ellie are our two English Young Critics. They come to the programme through their association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

Joe Trickey

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Joe Trickey – Young Critic On The Edge

My name is Joe Trickey, I am 21 and recently graduated from the University of Derby, studying Theatre Studies and Education Studies. I have always been a massive fan of theatre ever since I began dancing at age 7, performing ever since. I regularly attend and practice theatre, however also enjoy sports and cooking. I am a current theatre practitioner, I am currently the Youth Theatre Assistant at Derby Theatre, assisting directing on our up and coming main house show, I enjoy engaging with young people to help develop and build their skills on a regular basis. I am expecting an interesting week for the On The Edge Festival with Young Critics, I’m a little apprehensive but also excited by the challenges that it may present.

Ellie Woolman

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Ellie Woolman – Young Critic On The Edge

I’m Ellie Woolman- I have just finished studying my A- Levels at Devonport High School for Girls in Plymouth. I’ve been a theatre fan for as long as I can remember; My interest especially lies in musical theatre. I started blogging four years ago and I have collaborated with Theatre Royal Plymouth to create content ever since, including reviewing shows, going backstage, interviewing cast and crew. I was selected to act as a ‘Young Rep’ for the theatre where I meet regularly with a group to help make the theatre more ‘young people- friendly’. I am looking forward to studying Music, Theatre and Entertainment Management when I start university in September. I’m really looking forward to the Young Critics week so I can meet like- minded young critics, learn new critical analysis skills as well as experience a wide range of new theatre.

Come join Young Critics On The Edge at Birmingham Repertory Theatre on July 7th  in the Parkside Building, Lecture Theatre from 5-6.30 to hear the Young Critics critical responses to several productions from On The Edge .

Learn about more Young Critics that are On The Edge here 

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.

These Young Critics are On The Edge (Pt 2)

On the 3rd of July, 12 Young Critics from across Ireland and the UK will descend upon Birmingham for the THE WORLD FESTIVAL OF THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES.

In the run up to to the Festival we will be profiling the Young Critics who will participating at On the Edge 

The Welsh contingent are Cerian and Richard. Their interest in Young Critics come from their involvement with Mess Up The Mess Theatre Company and Young Critics Wales 

Cerian Wilshere-Davies

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Cerian Wilshire- Davis – Young Critic On The Edge

My name is Cerian Wilshere-Davies, I am a member of Mess Up The Mess Theatre company, this is where I found my interest in writing. Since I took part in Talking Doorsteps Cardiff and have been writing and performing spoken word for about two years now. I also have a keen interest in writing for theatre.

Jonathan Richard Evans

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Jonathan Richard Evans – Young Critic On The Edge

I am Jonathan Richard Evans. I have a blog in-which I write movie reviews but there are also a few essays on there too. I’m a graduate, with a film degree and have written and directed my own short film. I also have a few screenplays that haven’t been made. I am an avid reader and a tenacious watcher of TV and film. Which genre? Every one under the sun.

Come join Young Critics On The Edge at Birmingham Repertory Theatre on July 7th  in the Parkside Building, Lecture Theatre from 5-6.30 to hear the Young Critics critical responses to several productions from On The Edge .

Learn about more Young Critics that are On The Edge here 

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.

Meet these Young Critics that are On The Edge (PT 1)

On the 3rd of July, 12 Young Critics from across Ireland and the UK will descend upon Birmingham for the THE WORLD FESTIVAL OF THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES.

In the run up to to the Festival we will be profiling the Young Critics who will participating at On the Edge 

First up it’s Saoirse and Andy from Ireland. Both were participants on the National Association for Youth Drama’s Young Critics programme in 2013 and 2014 respectively

Saoirse Anton

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Saoirse Anton – Young Critic On The Edge

 

I was an NAYD Young Critic in 2013, having been involved in Youth Theatre since I was about 13. Now, 3 years later, I have just finished my second year of English Literature and Drama in Trinity College Dublin. Alongside University, I author my own theatre-based blog, Sitting on the Fourth Wall,as well as writing for The Reviews Hub, University Times, and TCD Rant & Rave. I have also worked on a number of arts and theatre projects recently, including sitting on a number of Arts Council panels, being part of the panel presenting the Dublin 2020 European Capital of Culture bid, speaking at Theatre Forum’s APAC 2015 and 2016, and mentoring in theatre criticism with NAYD.

I’m looking forward to the chance to revisit the Young Critics model with new people in a new format and build on what I learned first time round with the experience I have since, and have an action packed week in the ever-exciting world of theatre for young audiences!

Andrew McLoughlin

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Andy McLoughlin – Young Critic On The Edge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A member of Droichead Youth Theatre since 2013, Andy has been involved in Young Critics for almost as long as he’s been watching theatre. Following key roles in Around The World in Eighty Days and The Laramie Project, at the moment Andy is involved in compiling an anthology of original plays as part of Droichead Youth Theatre’s 25th Anniversary Celebrations. Currently studying Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Sociology in Trinity College Dublin, he has a particular interest in the opportunities and difficulties in using narrative to explore social issues. This question will be at the fore of Droichead Youth Theatre’s upcoming adaptation of Tom Swift’s The Leaving.

Come join Young Critics On The Edge at Birmingham Repertory Theatre on July 7th  in the Parkside Building, Lecture Theatre from 5-6.30 to hear the Young Critics critical responses to several productions from On The Edge 

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.