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.

With facilitator Maxine Acton, assisted by Grainne O'Brien
Tuesdays 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Age 13 to 18 (Second level students)
The current term runs to 15 February 2022 (excl. 25 October, 21 & 28 December 2021, 4 January 2022) 
Next term 1 March to 31 May (excl. 12 & 19 April)
Membership Fee €50 per term (first session is free)
12 places
Please ensure you have read and understood the attending Rusty Frog information and filled in the enrolment and Covid Declaration forms.

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

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.

Find out more about theatre experience!
age 12+
Fridays 6-8pm
Starting October 1st 2021
Free first night!
Beara Fitness

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.

with Tomasz Madajczak
Beginning 21 January
Fee: €20 for the term. 
Ages 13 to 17 years
6 places available
Please ensure you have read and understood the Attending Draw Mind Matters information and filled in the Covid Declaration form and Membership form located on that page. 

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.


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)


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


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