The Independent Youth Theatre is a platform for cutting-edge youth performance based in Ranelagh, Dublin 6.
Established in 2003, the Independent Youth Theatre (or IYT) has emerged as a prolific producer of new Irish work both directed and written by young people. It accepts members between the ages of 14 to 24 and is the only Youth Theatre in Ireland to be run by a democratically elected committee of youths. The company performs in variety of theatres throughout Dublin, with many of its members continuing to work in drama and the performing arts. The group is a member of the National Association of Youth Drama (NAYD). The company has also taken part in the Dublin Fringe, and was a regular at the Everyman Palace Theatre
's New Connections Festival, until its relocation to the Riverbank Arts Centre, Kildare.
- 2008 - "Pterodactyls" by Nicky Silver
- 2008 - "Scenes From Family Life" by Mark Ravenhill
- 2007 - "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
- 2007 - "Feeding the Moonfish"
- 2007 - "Fluorescent Adolescent"
- 2007 - "You don't know Harry"
- 2007 - "Deoxyribonucleic Acid"
- 2007 - "The Birdhouse"
- 2007 - "Product"
- 2007 - "Karamazoo"
- 2006 - "Brokenville"
- 2006 - "School Journey to the Centre of the Earth"
- 2006 - "You don't know Jack"
- 2006 - "The Spidermen"
- 2006 - "Like a Virgin"
- 2005 - "Loaded"
- 2005 - "Citizenship"
- 2005 - "Chatroom"
- 2004 - "Headstrong
- 2004 - "The Musicians"
Rehearsals & Performances
The group rehearses in many different venues in Dublin, with previous productions having been staged in the The Helix, The Everyman Palace Theatre, The Ark and The Mill Theatre. They are currently based in Muckross School in Ranelagh after being evicted on short notice from their previous space at the College of Education, Rathmines in September 2007. Much of its work consists of new writing and devised pieces, which it has toured to other Youth Theatre venues around Ireland. In addition, IYT hosts two youth theatre festivals each year, in December and May, inviting other Youth Theatres without local performance spaces to tour a piece to Dublin.
The company has had several websites, the it's current online bases being However the main internet source for information, photos and memories of the company remains on its social networking site.