Four weeks16th July - 10th August 201818+10.00am – 5.00pm€2,250 Non Residential
Four weeks (25 nights accommodation)16th July - 10th August 201818+10.00am-5.00pm€3,500 Residential


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 classes are taught by leading Irish directors and dramaturgues who will dissect the text so that students get a deeper understanding of it. Voice classes will focus on the particular requirements of Irish texts including a wide range of Irish contemporary and historic dialects and movement classes will focus on the unique demands of performing Irish plays. 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.

Applicants are advised that the course is physically demanding.



Bursaries are available for this course. They are means tested and can only be applied for once a place has been offered.

Read what others have said about this course:

“I learned so much! Irish playwrights are the best of the best, it was a pleasure to get to immerse myself in the culture and gorgeous wordplay” Molly

“I feel as if I will carry the tools I gained through this course through my entire career/life. Being so immersed in this area had been an incredible experience. I have learned so much more than I expected I would about both art and myself” Caithi

“There was an incredible amount of variety between the works, styles and interactions in the group and with all the instructors. I’d highly recommend the course to others to take on” Sean

” I almost wish I could pick up and move to Dublin so I could audition here. The training I’ve gotten here has allowed me to get a whole new perspective on approaching a script. A toolbar to carry with me every new play I work on.” Martina


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Course Content Click for more info

Please see below the contents for the 2016 course. It is recommended that the plays are read in advance

Week one:

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

Week two:

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

Week three:

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

Week four:

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.

Cancellation PolicyClick for more info

The full course fee of €2,250 (or €3500 including accommodation) is payable as acceptance of an offer of a place on the course.  You can pay online through our website here or alternatively please contact The Lir Academy for details on paying by cheque, postal order or cash. 

You may also pay in instalments.  A deposit will need to be paid immediately to confirm your place on the course with the full fee paid by Monday 18th June 2018. 

In the event of a cancellation more than one month prior to the course start date, a forfeiture of €250 will apply.  A withdrawal less than one month before the course start date will result in the forfeiture of the entire fee.

Application DetailsClick for more info

Once you have completed the application form above, 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.

InsuranceClick for more info

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.