Big changes have taken hold of the organisation –
no longer are we Waterford Youth Drama but instead we are
now Waterford Youth Arts (WYA) which incorporates WYD, WYDmoves
and WYD-Eye Film Unit. Also we have physically moved to
the former Barracks at Barracks Street. Our new location
is called The Arch, Barrack Street. In case you don’t
know where this is – its opposite Mount Sion School.
We are to the left hand side of the main arch, go through
the pedestrian arch and our door is there – press
the buzzer for entrance.
TO THE MOVERS
We are very grateful to all the movers who helped with the
packing, carrying etc. – it was hard work but hopefully
everyone will feel at home in our new space and feel the
move was worth it.
TO WATERFORD CITY COUNCIL
The space at the Barracks is a designated community space
and is built as part of the new housing development scheme.
WYA applied to the City Council for the space and luckily
we were chosen by the Council – for this we would
like to thank all the Council – both staff and elected
representatives. This is fantastic for the organisation
as we now have our own base (our own home) and most importantly
we have our own workshop space. WYA will be sharing the
space with other community groups who will also use the
Meeting Room for their purposes.
Having our own workshop and rehearsal space presents a lot
of exciting possibilities – we are planning to install
some basic stage lighting and create a small studio space
that can be used for performances. This will give us the
opportunity to try out more performance type projects without
any major costs involved and will see some possible cross
discipline collaborations in the future. It is hoped that
it will create an atmosphere of creativity and lead to many
new and exciting productions in the years to come.
ADULTS - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
WYA operates a child safety policy which includes the aim
to always have two adults in every workshop. WYA pays for
a tutor to run each workshop but for the organisation to
run smoothly we need to have a volunteer adult on board
for each workshop. What we give in return is some training
and hopefully some enjoyment to the leader. We have some
great volunteers who have committed themselves for many
years to help with individual workshops – these people
are the backbone of our work and ensure that at all times
workshops are safe and good fun for all involved.
WYA now needs new volunteers – No experience necessary
– all you need is an interest and a commitment to
see through a term with a particular group. You can see
from the above the times and venues what types of commitment
would be necessary.
In return you will learn new skills from the tutor, you
will receive some training in child safety and first aid
etc. In the past we have found volunteers from parents;
teachers; youthworkers; WIT and CTI students; and other
arts workers. If you are interested please ring the office
at 879377 or Ollie at 086-1759188 and leave your name and
tel. no. – Ollie will get back to you for a chat and
hopefully we can find a few more good committed people who
like to play and have fun.
Ben and Clem (see review later)
Stage Combat Workshop and Performance (See review later)
The following are our drama workshops in the New Year and
they all start back on the week beginning Monday 30th January:
9-11 The Arch, Barracks
9-11 The Arch, Barracks St.
9-11 Ballybeg Community Space Wednesdays
9-11 Scout Hall, Ferrybank
12-14 The Arch, Barrack St.
12-14 The Arch, Barrack St.
15-19 The Arch, Barrack St.
15-19 The Arch, Barrack St.
– to sign-up for all drama classes call to WYA office
at the Arch, Barracks Street on the week beginning 16th
January with classes starting back on the week beginning
Monday 30th January.
is a new devised play by Ciorclach Theatre Company and can
be seen at the Arch, on Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th Dec.
at 8pm. Admission €5 from Garter Lane Box Office. Ciorclach
is an arts initiative between Waterford Youth Arts and the
Brothers of Charity Services. Directed by James Rockett
and Keith Grogan, it was described as an “entirely
powerful piece of theatre” when seen earlier this
month at the National Service Users Conference in Galway.
WYDmoves DANCE NEWS
WELCOME TO DEIRDRE
Welcome to our new
dance teacher Deirdre Dempsey who will be working with Libby
to bring dance to the youth of Waterford. Deirdre is from
Clonmel and worked in Holland for many years.
On Thursday 15th Dec. at 6pm Libby and Deirdre are organising
a little end of term performance for parents and friends.
All the dance groups will be involved and St. John of God
School is the venue.
NEW LOOK FOR WYDmoves NEXT TERM
– Libby will be working with Thursday groups (Blues,
Reds and Greens) and Deirdre will work with the Wednesday
groups (Yellows 1 & 2, and Violets).
Boys Group – The office will be taking
names of any boys who would like to get involved in a project
for all ages specifically designed to encourage boys to
explore creative movement. Workshops will start when we
achieve a good number interested.
Hip Hop – in 2006 we are also introducing
a new dance workshop in the Hip Hop Style and will be aimed
at young people 8 years plus. The class happens at St. John
of God School on Wednesdays from 7 – 8pm
Registration – to sign-up for all
dance classes call to WYA office at the Arch, Barracks Street
on the week beginning 16th January with classes starting
back on the week beginning Monday 23rd January.
sign-up for Film workshops – you must be 13 years
and over - call to WYA office at the Arch, Barracks Street
on the week beginning 16th January with classes starting
back on the week beginning Monday 30th January.
We are planning to start a new round of creative writing
classes for 13-19 year olds beginning in mid-February. The
tutor once again will be Jim Daly. Jim brings with him a
great knowledge and experience in writing. He is a poet
and playwright. If you are interested, please register at
the office. Workshops will run Saturdays at The Arch, 11am
to 1pm, starting Saturday in February for an eight-class
term. The group will read their new work as part of the
Sean Dunne Literary Festival in April.
WYA are preparing a new updated Child Safety Policy document
for the organisation. When this is finished all parents
and interested parties are welcome to view and have inputs
on any aspect of it. We did have a policy before but needs
updating as we are on charge of a new space / venue then
we need to update and make relevant to this new situation.
Each youth and arts organisation must have a Child Protection
Officer and for WYA that designated person is Ollie Breslin
and the deputy CPO is Helen Rafferty who is one the WYA
NEW BOARD MEMBERS
WYA is run by a voluntary Board and they are: Padraig O’Griofa
(Chair); Helen Rafferty; Joe Gough (Youth Development Officer);
Tony Colclough; Denis Barrett and Michael Grant. Two new
positions have been announced Mary Roche who is a City Councilor
has been nominated on to our board from Waterford Youth
Committee and Victor Merriman has joined the Board –
Vic is the new head of Arts at WIT.
We are delighted with these two new appointments –
Mary is no stranger to the arts. She acted with Arts for
All and Red Kettle for many years.
All workshops are coming to an end very soon and for some
of these workshops there will be sharings and small performances
to mark the end of term. In the new year we will have a
new set-up for workshop times so it is important to study
this carefully and plan what group would most suit you and
your friends. Thank you to all your parents for their continuing
support by chauffeuring you to workshops each week.
STAGE COMBAT WORKSHOP AND PERFORMANCES
Many parents thought
we were mad ringing around trying to rope-in some of you
to this workshop and performance which was also held during
the Imagine Festival. The reason we rang you so much was
that we knew it was going to be good. Paul Burke is a professional
fight choreographer and has worked with all the major films
and theatre in Ireland. The workshop worked with young people
from 12 – 17 years and for the 25 participants it
was a Blast. Right from the first moment Paul had everyone
learning fighting skills and it was great fun. Andrew McLaughlin
(an ex-member by the way who is now a professional actor
in the UK) was our volunteer leader for the three days and
we were based at the Educate Together Primary School in
The performance in the grounds of Waterford Courthouse was
great given the short time available and was operatic in
scale. It was the first time that WYD used a car in a performance
and there were great scenes of tension and aggression on
view. Well done to all cast and crew – a great experiment
and hopefully we can get Paul back again for some other
work in the future. WYD would like to thank all the Court
Staff for their help; the Fire Station for their assistance;
Security; Educate Together national School; and the generous
help of Clem and staff at Sam Hire for the use of lighting
Well done to the cast and crew of Ben and Clem which was
seen at the recent Imagine Festival – because it was
such a glowing report by Theatre Reviewer Liam Murphy (Munster
Express) we have decided to let you hear what Liam had to
“One of the highlights of the Imagine Festival was
Waterford Youth Drama’s clever production of Ben and
Clem, where a modern skateboarders story played out in different
locations in the Patrick Street/Ballybricken area and to
some extent the locations refined the content of the play.
This was a rites of passage story by Pat Daly and his hard,
mean-streets characters were softened out by young players.
In nine very short scenes we got more than a slice of life
of Ben who is growing up and moving away from skateboarding
and from boyhood friend Clem, the darkdevil boardmeister
in the red hoodie. While Ben seems to be the sensible one,
it is the fearless Clem who knows when he tells Ben - We’re
the same Ben, just different.
Because of the on-street locations, snatches of dialogue
were often lost due to passing cars and inaudibility, but
there was a real sense of walking along and eves-dropping
on snippets of peoples’ lives and you had to project
the scenario in your own imagination.
Pat Daly’s work ha power and acerbity and this was
so evident in a strong Garda scene outside the Station where
Robert Brown’s forceful Guard struck the right notes.
A few minutes later, as the duo met other lawless, spray-painting,
skateboarders nicely played by tough guy Morgan Carparelli
and an un-credited sidekick, outside the Old Labour Exchange,
a man shouted at Ben from the pub door and for a minute
there was a frisson of reality. It emerged that this was
the estranged father of Ben and the snatches of dialogue
had real power and veracity.
Another powerful moment was Claire Hennebry (as Lynn) telling
she is pregnant - Yeah sort of, I’m pregnant Ben.
No response from Ben, he doesn’t hold or hug her and
she continues - It’s okay though, I’m going
away for a while. Then it was off down the Stony Steps in
Jamie Power brought a hurt, confused realism to the role
of Ben, and a diminutive Clem was lucidly played, by Victor
Bible. Other parts were Sarah Cleary and Aoife Barron and
Ben’s father was the excellent John Hearn.
Keith Grogan directed this novel experience and he let it
flow as we stood under yellow street-lights and in dark
corners as rain dripped from trees. Once car lights were
used to illuminate a scene in Carrigeen Park. Waterford
Youth Drama, Pat Daly and the Imagine Festival took their
audience on a walk-about into the heart of a play, like
walking onto a movie set. It was memorable and adventurous
and a credit to all involved.