In late January (from the 20/01/2020 until the 23/01/2020) we came together for another encounter of the Drama for Youth Work project in Newbridge, Co. Kildare, Ireland. Day 1 saw us hashing out the schedule for the Symposium, assigning tasks and later catching up over dinner.
The second day, we drove out to Maynooth University. Peter Hussey (Crooked House Theatre Company) kicked off the Drama for Youth Symposium by introducing the project. His speech was followed by Anne O’ Gorman of the National Youth Council of Ireland Youth Arts Programme, who provided a bit more insight on the impact youth theatre has on young people. After that, Laura O’Riordan (On&Off Theatre) and Lena Gattinger (BiondekBühne) got a bit more specific about issues young people face in Spain and Austria respectively – and presented methods to support them. Maurice Devlin, Head of the Applied Social Studies Department in Maynooth University was up next, putting the input into perspective for the youth workers present. In the afternoon, the youth workers had the opportunity to try out some of the tutorials in small groups, which was then followed by a closing round of feedback.
On the 22nd of January, we got together again for a reflection of the Symposium and discussing the progress of the handbook. After that we enjoyed some time out in Newbridge and a final dinner all together.