Young People

The arts have an enormous role to play in the lives of young people both as a means of expression of an autonomous and vibrant youth culture, and as opportunities for young people to communicate thoughts, feelings, ideas and emotions. The arts allow young people to develop a critical attitude towards society and to question and celebrate through making and participating.

Portfolio Preparation Course
with Kate McElroy and Helle Helsner
Friday 17 June 11am to 3pm
for young people who plan to attend Art College
Fee: €50 or €30 concessions
Maximum of 8 places

On Friday 17 June we are hosting a portfolio preparation course for teenagers with aspirations to continue their studies in Art College. The course will cover drawing from observation, sketchbooks, expressive drawing and mixed media. Participants will be asked to bring in examples of their work to help advise and support on submission of portfolio. If you would like to book a place contact or phone +3532822090

Image: Drawing by Helle Helsner

with Tomasz Madajczak
Summer Sessions
21 June to 24 June, 11am to 3pm (bring packed lunch)
for ages 14 to 18 years
LGBQ+ friendly
Fee €25
The group will be exploring and creating artwork in a public context and aim to create a mural for the wall adjacent to Uillinn. It will involve outdoor activities and exploring beyond Uilinn grounds. Parent permission for this is essential. The project will be led by artist Tomasz Madajcak with Project Assistant Grainne Caples.

Autumn Sessions
30 September to 9 December 2022 (ex. 4 November)
Ages 14 to 18 years
8 places available
LGBQ+ friendly

Draw Mind Matters is an innovative art project which invites young people to express their experience of life in Ireland today through drawing, painting, photography, and street art with artist Tomasz Madajczak and Uillinn project assistant Grainne O'Brien.



With facilitator Maxine Acton
Tuesdays 6:00pm to 8.00pm
Age 13 to 18 (Second level students)
13 September to 6 December 2022 (ex. 1 November)
12 Sessions
Membership Fee €50 per term (first session is free)
12 places

Rusty Frog is WCAC's Youth Theatre for teenagers which produces original, high-quality and exciting theatre. The programme includes: weekly training workshops in acting, improvisation, stagecraft, voice, script work, street theatre, puppetry, physical theatre, clowning, dance, percussion, devising, writing, directing and technical skills. It also includes an annual theatre production, theatre trips and participation in the national Youth Theatre Festival. Youth Theatre is a unique blend of youth work with a professional theatre approach - it builds confidence, creativity and communication skills. The YT programme focuses on the development and empowerment of its members as well as developing their theatre skills. No experience is necessary, just commitment.

Maxine is a graduate of UCC’s Drama and Theatre Studies degree programme and currently undertaking a research masters in adapting contemporary writing for Irish theatre. She has worked with UCC Youth Theatre and with Youth Theatre Ireland. She is also an actress and singer and has performed in many venues from the CAT Club to The National Concert Hall. She believes youth theatre is a hugely important amenity for young people, especially in the more rural areas and is very excited to be joining Rusty Frog Youth Theatre and Rusty Frog Juniors.

Box of Frogs

Rusty Frog Youth Theatre are back in studio at Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre working with YT facilitator Maxine Acton and Project Assistant Grainne O’Brien. On 22 April, they plan to present four unique ‘promenade’ pieces throughout the building covering subjects from ant-killing and regressing to childhood to family driving lessons and guardian angels!

Rusty Frog Youth Theatre Facebook page

Rusty Frog Youth Theatre Instagram

Here is what some of our members have to say: 
"Personally I love youth theatre. It offers me a chance to make new friends and I know I can express myself without getting judged" 
 "I really really enjoyed it, Its a safe space for acting and just expression in general" 
"Its very fun and rewarding. I can be myself" 
"I loved Youth Theatre. I felt it was a really great space to be in."

Image: Animal Farm Rehearsals Rusty Frog Youth Theatre, photo by Zenda Williams

Rusty Frog Youth Theatre is supported by the Arts Council and Cork County Council.

Congratulations to Padraig Harrington of Uillinn's Rusty Frog Youth Theatre who was selected to participate in Youth Theatre Ireland's Young Critics Programme 2021.
Young Critics is one of Youth Theatre Ireland's longest-running and most innovative programmes where, over six months, 20 Young Critics from across Ireland will participate in regular online workshops, see some incredible digital theatre, make new friends and learn the art of theatre criticism. The programme is open to youth theatre members who are interested in watching theatre, discovering how and why digital theatre is made and learning how to critically discuss, analyse and review this work and will culminate with The Young Critics Panel in October 2021.

ALAN FOLEY ACADEMY OF DANCE (AFAD) promotes dance as a vibrant and enjoyable art form through classes, workshops and performances in ballet, jazz and modern dance for 3 to 18 year olds. AFAD is part of Cork City Ballet (CCB) which embraces a policy of engaging dancers from international companies as well as Ireland's finest classical and contemporary dancers, to perform to audiences all over Ireland.

The Company has worked in partnership with WCAC for over 15 years, developing programmes for children which offer continuous academic development and engagement with professional dancers. Annual performances, featuring professional dancers in The Everyman in Cork are an integral part of the programme.

Currently facilitated at WCAC by dance teacher Ciara Fitzgerald, who brings visual imagery and familiar music to engage the children and explore ways of learning the discipline of Ballet and Modern dance. See the link below for futher details. 

Alan Foley Academy of Dance (Ballet, Modern and Jazz)

Find out more about theatre experience!
For futher details contact Shirley 087 1234954 or Maria 087 9141206

CTB YT is workshop styled/structured adhering to Covid guidelines. There will be physical warm ups; focus on general theatre learning outcomes through games, vocal work, improvisation, movement, ensemble, play readings/script writing, the 'daily tik-tok' slot, tableaux, soundscapes, performance preparation, exploring boundaries; communication; positive assertiveness; warm down and participant feedback.

Shirley Cahill: London College of Music Teaching Dip; London College of Music & Dramatic Art/ Royal Victoria College-drama grades; involvement in theatre/drama/pantomimes/musicals since 1986; founder member/actor/director of 'Peninsula Players' adult amateur drama group Castletownbere, Cork; acting for film; Voice Over training; ADEI / YTI theatre online workshops; Wildcard Theatre company UK actor workouts; DLI /Corcadorca workshops; YTI facilitator.

Maria O’Sullivan: YTI facilitator; play direction/advisor youth group; stage manager for / involvement with Glengarriff Theatre group annual pantomime since 2001; youth in action projects; murder mystery devisor; film making.


Images: Rusty Frog Youth Theatre, photograph by Zenda Williams. Young Educators at A Dialogue with the World in 2018.


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