Annual Playwright Challenge ~ January 21/April 21 through June 2018

The Playwright Challenge is a regular program of the Tir-na-nOg Theatre School’s yearly cycle, intended for registered students. The Playwright Challenge is not a competition, but rather a collaborative celebration of the live theatre work of children. It is hoped that the submitted play will be the unassisted, original work of the student, springing from the natural desire of the child. Our intent is to offer the young people in the Theatre School an opportunity to express their imaginations through this medium, in their own unique way. The play can be any length, style or format, (perhaps even drawn or painted), depending on the child’s idea. Over the years, there have been variations, but most are submitted as written work. After the plays have been handed in, we meet together with the children through May and June to read the plays, discuss plans, and possible hurdles, for the productions on the Tir-na-nOg stage. These usually take place as a completion to the Youth Festival of Plays. The young playwrights support each other as actors, prop supporters and directors, if they so wish, and sometimes invite their friends to help, where it seems appropriate.

Winter’s Blast/Spring Board Intensive 2017-18 ~ Performances March 10/11 2018

A mixed-age intensive project, written by Tir-na-nOg Theatre, entitled ‘Before, Between and Beckoning’, with song, dance and movement in the mix. Performances take place on the weekend of March 10,11 with a follow-up class on March 15.  Students have the option of continuing in the Spring term with a new project.

Tir-na-nOg’s 30th Annual Youth Festival of Plays 2018 ~ May 26 to June 30 2018

The Annual Youth Festival of Plays is a celebration of the work of Tir-na-nOg students in performances of plays for the Community of Bowen Island. The festival runs from May 26 through to June 30 featuring a different play each weekend and on some weekdays for school audiences. Theatre Arts by Young People for the World! 

The Annual Yuletide Story Feast 2018 ~ December 8/9 2018

Tir-na-nOg groups join together to celebrate the work of the Autumn term at the turning of the year, combining the performance of a co-operative play, The Nutcracker,  with an informal pot-luck tea and a silent auction fun-d-raiser. This occasion is also an opportunity to sign up for the annual Playwright Challenge 2019.

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