Acting and Irish Theatre is a course for international students who wish to expand, explore and deepen their awareness of Irish Theatre
This course is aimed at theatre and acting students around the world who wish to explore and experience Irish Theatre while immersed in its native context.
This course is worth 10 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits towards any third level drama qualification.
Participants on the course will engage with some of Ireland’s greatest writers, both classic and contemporary, including Sean O’Casey, Samuel Beckett, Brian Friel, Conor McPherson and Marina Carr; studying the literary and performance context of each play.
Acting, Voice and Movement classes are taught by leading Irish directors and dramaturgues and will focus on the unique demands of performing Irish plays. Voice classes will focus on the particular requirements of Irish texts including a wide range of Irish contemporary and historic dialects. The actor will explore how movement in different Irish plays changes relative to culture, dress, dance, beliefs and environment. Students will engage with the physical embodiment of work as well as concepts of past-time and the muscularity of text.
Please Note: older applicants are advised that the course is physically demanding.
ACCOMMODATION AT GOLDSMITH HALL, TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN. THE PRICE GIVEN IS FOR 27 NIGHTS, ALTHOUGH THIS CAN BE ALTERED TO SUIT INDIVIDUAL NEEDS. THE PRICE QUOTED DOES NOT INCLUDE BREAKFAST
Bursaries are available for this course. They are means tested and can only be applied for once a place has been offered.
Please see below the contents for the 2016 course. It is recommended that the plays are read in advance
- The Lonesome West by Martin McDonagh
- The Weir by Conor McPherson
- Whistle In The Dark by Tom Murphy
- Conversations On A Homecoming by Tom Murphy
- The Walworth Farce by Enda Walsh
- Howie the Rookie by Mark O’Rowe
- Our Few and Evil Days by Mark O’Rowe
- The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh
- I Heart Alice Heart I by Amy Conroy
- Translations by Brian Friel
- Dancing At Lughnasa by Brian Friel
- The Shadow of a Gunman by Seán O’Casey
- The Plough & The Stars by Seán O’Casey
- All That Fall, Waiting for Godot, Not I, Eh Joe, Happy Days and Endgame by Samuel Beckett
- The Cat and The Moon by W.B. Yeats
- Purgatory by W.B. Yeats
- By the Bog of Cats by Marina Carr
- The Playboy of the Western World by JM Synge
Included in the course are visits to various theatres in Dublin, tickets to shows that are running at that time and where possible, discussions with directors who are working in the city at this time.
Once you have completed the online application, you will receive notification within two weeks. If a place has been allocated then you are required to continue the application process online and will be forwarded a link to do this.
Please do not send money for this course at this stage. Payment will be required only when a place has been allocated.
Although there is no application deadline, places are limited and early booking is recommended. All applications are considered in order of receipt. If an application is received after the course is full, the applicant will be put on a waiting list. Applicants will be informed by email whether or not they have been accepted.
Acceptance onto the course is at the discretion of The Lir Academy. If The Lir feels for whatever reason that they are not suitable for the course, he/she will not be accepted. All decisions are final and not subject to appeal.
Due to the high demand for Lir courses applicants may be held on a waiting list.
Please note: A minimum number of participants are required for all workshops to proceed.
It is strongly recommended that all participants insure themselves to cover the loss of fees in the event of illness, for which The Lir cannot accept any liability.
The full course fee is payable as acceptance of an offer of a place on the course.
In the event of cancellation more than two months prior to the course start date, a sum of €100 will be retained to cover administration costs.
In the event of a cancellation less than two months prior to the course start date, the sum of €250 will be retained.
A withdrawal less than one month before the course start date will result in the forfeiture of the entire fee.
|Four weeks||17th July – 11th August 2017||10.00am – 5.00pm||€2,250 Non Residential|
|Four weeks||16th July – 11th August (27 nights)*||10.00am – 5.00pm||€3,573 Residential|
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Last updated January 12, 2018