Young Critics On The Edge- Panel Discussion – Full Audio

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Young Critics On The Edge Panel Discussion Photo Credit: Alan King 

On Thursday July 7th, twelve Young Critics from all across the UK and Ireland met for the final time as part of Young Critics On The Edge.

During this session the Young Critics presented their findings to an audience of Symposium Delegates at BCU Birmingham. Here they discussed their process over the previous four days. They also provided critical responses to the four performances they attended as part of Young Critics On The Edge.

The session was chaired by Anna Galligan from Barnstorm Theatre Company with technical support by Alan King of the National Association for Youth Drama (Ireland)

You can listen to the Full Edited recording of the session here

Or you can listen to the session in smaller sections here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A big thank you to all the On The Edge Festival staff for all their kindness and goodwill over the five days in Birmingham.

 

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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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.

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

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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.