Irish Theater January Program

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Program Description

The course delves into a unique approach to learning. Combining the development of literary understanding with an exploration of the craft of acting, this course was created for students who have previously taken drama courses. Participants should be interested in focusing their craft through the intensive study of Irish drama. The Final evening is a showcase of selected scenes from the various plays studied.

Our extensive cultural activities include regular traditional music sessions, explorations of The James Joyce Centre, The Irish Writer’s Museum, The National Gallery, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, visits to the Book of Kells, and regular theatre excursions.

Week 1: Lectures are focused on the work of Brian Friel and Samuel Beckett. Studies focus on finding and developing the presence of the actor through breath control and improvisation.

Week 2: Lectures are focused on the work of Sean O’Casey and John Millington Synge. This week covers practical acting lessons.

Week 3: Lectures include contemporary Irish playwrights: Martin McDonagh, Billy Roche, Frank McGuinness, Conor McPherson, and Marina Carr. Rehearsals concentrate on an Irish theatre scene for final showcase.

Dates: 8th – 26th January 2018
Location: Temple Bar, Dublin
Duration: 3 weeks with 5 days a week. Weekends are free for personal travel


Weekends are free for travel giving students the opportunity to explore Dublin and Temple Bar's culture. Participants will have the chance to view performances at hallowed theatres including The Gate, Abbey Theatre, The Gaiety Theatre and Dublin's oldest theatre, Smock Alley Theatre - 1662.

What`s Included

Acting: 45 hours over 3 weeks.
Encompasses tuition and rehearsal sessions – all practical, covering works of Samuel Beckett, John Millington Synge, Brian Friel and Sean O’Casey as well as touching on other Irish writers where relevant such as Martin McDonagh, Marina Carr, Billy Roche, WB Yeats. This acting work is demanding and disciplined, and taught through a series of rehearsal sessions which will challenge you to improve your performance each time. The real gain for the actor is a deep understanding of their capacity to deal with emotion on stage in the context of work that is new to them.

Seminars: 6-8 hours over 3 weeks.
Covers historical and socio-political contexts of works deal


Acting, Acting, Theater, Theater, Drama, Dance

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Dublin, Ireland

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The Gaiety School of Acting, the National Theatre School of Ireland
  • Ireland: Dublin
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