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Acting and Irish Theatre

This four week intensive course is for international students who wish to expand, explore and deepen their awareness of Irish theatre. The course draws on the central aspects of The Lir Academy’s core teaching, focusing particularly on twentieth and twenty-first century Irish plays and playwrights.

The course is aimed at professional actors or those who are undertaking serious training elsewhere and are about to set out on a professional acting career.

This course is worth 10 ECTS (European Credit Transfer Accumulation System).

Participants on the course will engage with some of the greatest plays in the history of the English language written by some of Ireland’s leading writers including J.M. Synge, Sean O’Casey, Samuel Beckett, Brian Friel, Tom Murphy, Conor McPherson, Martin McDonagh, Marina Carr and Enda Walsh.

Acting, Voice and Movement classes 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 the notion of body and movement in Irish play texts through different periods of history in relation to culture, clothing, dance, beliefs and superstitions, urban and rural environments, physical embodiment of work, past-time and muscularity of text. A further class will explore the production and performance history of some of the most iconic plays in the Irish repertoire.


EUR 2,250

Date, time and place

17th July - 11th August 2017, 10 a.m - 5 p.m. at The Lir Academy, Pearse Street at Grand Canal Quay, Dublin 2.

Further information and how to apply