Irish Theatre Summer Program

Study Abroad for the Summer at the National Theatre School of Ireland – The Gaiety School of Acting. Our Irish Theatre Summer Program covers a set of practical acting workshops and seminars carefully designed to place the writers in both a theatrical and literary context, developing an understanding of the historical and literary background of selected texts from each writer. The theatrical essence of the work will be explored and performed. On the final evening the participants perform a showcase of selected scenes from the various plays studied.

Cultural visits to Dublin Castle, the Chester Beatty Library, Trinity College, the Irish Writers Museum, Hugh Lane Gallery, the National Gallery, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, James Joyce Tower in Sandycove, Viking at St. Michan’s Church and evening theatre performances.

Week 1: Seminars focused on the Irish literary tradition and on contemporary Irish theatre. Acting classes focused on practical exploration of acting techniques and short scene studies, with an emphasis on Samuel Beckett.

Week 2: Seminars and acting classes focused on the plays of John Millington Synge and William Butler Yeats. Participants explore the unique composition of classic Irish character archetypes and motifs. 

Week 3: Acting classes examining the works of  1920’s playwright Sean O’Casey. The students will explore techniques for tapping into the emotional authenticity of O’Casey’s characters and begin preparing short scenes for presentation in the final week.

Week 4: Classes and seminars focused on the work of contemporary Irish playwrights: Brian Friel, Marina Carr, Conor McPherson, and Martin McDonagh. Rehearsals and preparation for the final showcase performed on the last night.

Frequency: 5 days a week over 4 weeks. Weekends are free for travel

Location: Temple Bar, Dublin

Dates: 19th June – 14th July 2017

Price: €2500 (€1900 without accommodation)

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Phone: +353 1 6799277