On the 9th of July we went with 5 other members of the Galway Community Circus along with Stephen and Ulla to Kilkenny College to participate in the NFYT for 5 days with 13 youth theatres. At the festival we met loads of young people from other youth theatres who are also interested in drama and performing. During the day we were doing loads of really fun workshops.
There were workshops like improvisation, movement, creating drama from nothing and script writing. There was even a workshop on circus skills. In the evening there were social activities organised for us to meet new people including a disco with a DJ and an activity challenge where some of the leaders dressed up in costumes (Stephen was a chicken!). In the college we slept in dorms with other people close to our age and ate our meals in the college canteen.
At the end of the week we brought together everything we learned to put on a showcase. We learned loads of stuff to put into our circus performances like telling stories through our movement and expressions and both of us agree that our confidence and group work was improved.
Although we are not a typical youth theatre we mixed really well, everyone was interested in what we do and we managed to teach some of our skills to the other youth theatres and leaders and we were able to express our own experience at the youth theatre forum. The week was a great success for everyone and we would like to thank the Galway Community Circus for bringing us and we are so glad to be part of the NAYD.