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Tenderfoot, Civic Theatre. Image Copyright: Civic Theatre

We at The Civic accept our responsibility as a nationally funded and locally placed arts facility to provide for the citizens in our community. In so doing, we fulfill stated objectives in The Arts Council’s Making Great Art Work, The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht’s Culture 2025 and the government’s legacy programme for 2016, Creative Ireland.

The arts in education charter identifies two strands to arts in education practice:  one involving interventions by the arts world into the domain of formal education, and the other involving students engaging with the arts in the public domain, usually in publicly- funded arts venues, both local or national.

The Civic Theatre’s arts in education programme, Tenderfoot is an example of the latter. Tenderfoot is unique in providing a space where young people can make art without restriction.  This sacred space is made possible by the collaboration between the arts and education sectors. Tenderfoot, utilising a model of apprenticeship, provides a rare space where the professional artist engages meaningfully with members of the public, in this case young people, resulting in the development of new artistic voices.

Unique in its scale, Tenderfoot works on the model of work experience that underpins most transition year programmes. We provide a three week, full time work experience module for our students in January each year. During that time our young people behave as a youth theatre ensemble, rehearsing, designing and performing a number of the plays that they have written. Plays that reflect their experiences, their lives and how they see the world. These plays perform to two distinct audiences; an audience made up of the young people’s peers and a general theatre audience. The effect of this work on a peer audience can be profound.

Each year we provide the opportunity for 50 young people to have a significant arts experience.  Tenderfoot has an exponential effect. There is a secondary positive influence on the 250 young people who engage with the work as a peer audience each year. There is also a tertiary effect in the development of an arts culture within the general population of participating schools. It is estimated that, to date, Tenderfoot has directly and indirectly impacted in excess of 11,000 young people in the South Dublin County Council region. 29% of the population of South Dublin County is under 18; that’s approximately 77,000 citizens under the age of 18.

Contact Details

Contact Name

Niamh Ferry
General Manager


Civic Theatre
Dublin 24
D24 NWN7

Telephone No.

+353 (0)1 4627477




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