Crooked House Theatre Company

Crooked House works mainly in the area of theatre. However, we are also found in the shadowy margins, crossing over into education, youth work and community development. Our work extends from theatre productions with theatre artists in theatres, through youth work that uses theatre methods in community settings, all the way to training/educational programmes in universities.

Over the past 15 years we have developed Theatre of the Oppressed techniques ( for an Irish context, delivering training and projects in Ireland and abroad. We develop and facilitate participatory theatre (and applied theatre) programmes for NGOs, agencies, and community/youth organisations nationally. Many of these programmes are part of positive mental health initiatives, and although they are not dramatherapy programmes, they aim to develop life-enhancing skills mainly with young people. In this sense they are sometimes considered to be "suicide prevention" measures. For more on this visit our blog at

We are regularly commissioned to develop theatre programmes to work specifically with non-actors. These usually have a justice, equality or human rights dimension.

A typical project would consist of 15 two-hour workshops with a group leading to a public performance created by the group with our help. The theme of the performance emerges from the group during the workshops: it is often a means used by a group to communicate their reflections/experiences/situations to a wider audience (and particularly to an audience of people who are implicated in the theme).

For example, we worked with community groups in Dublin who were effected by suicide. The group developed a piece of theatre which showed how, in their experience, the structure of educational, social and health systems mitigated against effective help reaching their friends and families. This project was called 'Life Force' and was an initiaitive of Blue Drum.

Another project was with Irish Traveller women over a period of two months to create a drama which showed how crucial misunderstandings can arise when Traveller women interact with statutory services and organisations. The performance was shown to regional state agencies and followed by a facilitated forum expanding on the issue.

Other outreach and commissioned work can involve organising week-long theatre projects and festivals with young people. Or we are asked to work with agencies (such as Trocaire) on their Human Rights Summer School.

Smaller projects can be delivering drama and film workshops to youth clubs, schools or community groups.

Past projects

Combating Racism and Xenophobia (1)

Theatre-based project exploring how we can combat xenophobia in our society

Combating Racism and Xenophobia (2)

Part II of a project using theatre to explore ways in which we can combat racism in our communities.

Applied Theatre: Safe Home

An applied theatre project training young people in using theatre to raise awareness of gender-based violence.

Acting for Austerity

Working with young actors to explore how they can use their skills to gain employment in community development, youth work, and education

This Is Who We Are

This project explored youth identity in mid-crisis Europe. See short project film here:

Acting Out: difference and otherness in Europe

A youth exchange promoting understating of difference and diversity. View short films of the exchange here:

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Crooked House Theatre Company

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Crooked House Theatre Company is

a Non-profit/Non-Governmental Organisation
based in Ireland (Newbridge)
  • Ireland Newbridge
focused on
  • Anti-discrimination
  • Democracy/Active citizenship
  • Drama and theatre
  • Gender equality
  • Human rights
  • LGBTQ issues
  • Non-formal learning
and interested in:
  • Youth Exchanges
  • Volunteering Activities (formerly EVS)
  • Training and Networking
  • Transnational Youth Initiatives
  • Meetings between young people and decision-makers
Crooked House Theatre Company in 160 characters:

Theatre and arts organisation working with artists, actors, and non-actors in a range of settings, including youth work, community development, and education.

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