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.
Complete the application form here
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.
Quotes from past participants
"An excellent crash course on all aspects of the Irish theatre tradition from its beginnings right up to what"s happening now" Edwin
"For me the course was part theatrical training and part a study on Irish history and culture. I now feel like I have a better knowledge of Ireland as a whole"
"A real learning experience. Mind blowing exposure to the full extent of Irish theatre" Shane
"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
Download course poster
Feel free to download the Acting and Irish Theatre poster HERE for display on university noticeboards
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 €650 will be retained.
A withdrawal less than one month before the course start date will result in the forfeiture of the entire fee.
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.
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.
Head of Movement
Sue worked as an actor and physical performer for many years prior to completing an MA Movement for Actors at Central School of Speech & Drama, London. Since then she has worked as a freelance Movement Director and teacher. Recent movement direction work at The Abbey Theatre include Oedipus, The Shadow of a Gunman, Hedda Gabler, Twelfth Night, The Plough & the Stars, Heartbreak House, 16 Possible Glimpses, The House, The Rivals, Pygmalion and Major Barbara. Sue’s work for Anu Productions includes Sunder, Pals and Angel Meadow. Other recent work includes Displaced at The Montreal Fringe Festival, Elektra for Canadian Opera Company, Semele for RIAM, Dead Man Walking for Opera Ireland at the Gaiety Theatre, Richard II at Smock Alley and Coraline for Puca Puppets and Devotion, Last Call and Jumping on my Shadow for TEAM Theatre Co. Her work in the UK includes Not I, Timon of Athens, Electra, A Devilish Exercise and Chelsea Valentine and choreography for Northanger Abbey (ITV/Diplomat films). Sue is Head of Movement at The Lir Academy and at teaches at Trinity College Dublin.
Thomas Conway works as a theatre director, dramaturg and theatre instructor. Directing credits include Whoop It Up for Liberty!, Gentrification, The Winter’s Tale, The King of Friday’s Men, Once Upon a Barstool, Closer, In the Blood, Beowulf and What Where. As a dramaturg, he has worked with Druid, Pan Pan, Fabulous Beast and Barabbas, among others. He is the editor of The Oberon Anthology of Contemporary Irish Theatre, and has been Literary Manager with Druid since 2005.
Jim Culleton is artistic director of Fishamble: The New Play Company for which he has directed award-winning productions that have toured throughout Ireland, UK, US, Canada, Australia and 12 European countries. He has also directed for companies including the Abbey, 7:84 (Scotland), Project Arts Centre, Amharclann de hÍde, Amnesty International, Tinderbox, The Passion Machine, The Ark, Second Age, RTÉ Radio, the Belgrade, TNL Canada, Scotland’s Ensemble @ Dundee Rep, Draíocht, TCD School of Drama, RTE lyric fm, Origin (New York), Vessel/ATF/Sydney Festival and Woodpecker Productions/Gaiety. He has taught at the Lir, is Adjunct Lecturer at TCD, and has taught for Notre Dame, NYU, NUIM/GSA, and UCD, where Fishamble is theatre-company-in-association.
oonagh Murphy is a theatre director. Her work includes The Poor Little Boy With No Arms, Project Arts Centre and national tour, 2016, Foxy, Project Arts Centre, 2015, Be Infants In Evil, for Druid Theatre Company as part of Galway International Arts Festival 2014, Ribbons and Love in a Glass Jar, for the Peacock Stage at the Abbey Theatre 2012, Maeve’s House, as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival In-Development, 2012, I am a Home Bird (It’s Very Hard) at Project Arts Centre 2011. Most recently, she was Associate Director on the RSC’s Broadway transfer of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall: Parts One & Two and Resident Director on Peter Morgan’s The Audience at the Apollo Theatre, London. She was Resident Assistant Director at the Donmar Warehouse in 2013, and Resident Assistant Director at the Abbey Theatre Dublin, 2011-2012. She is co-founder of Change of Address Collective. Oonagh teaches at Trinity College Dublin where she is also a Foundation Scholar.