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.


One thought on “Meet these Young Critics that are On The Edge (PT 1)

  1. Pingback: A Critical Response to Brush by Andy McLoughlin, Young Critic On The Edge | Young Critics On The Edge

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