The Gaiety School of Acting

The National Theatre School of Ireland




Body & Soul has come and gone, Longitude is up next and we have already started packing outfits for Electric Picnic ☺

But to put you in the mood for next term’s modules and to get those creative juices flowing we have two festivals in the immediate future looking for eager volunteers to lend a helping hand…but before you whip your hair back and forth like its last years cast offs #TotesCringe

See whats it in for you – don’t follow the pack and be the norm – let your voice be heard and stand forward and be counted as a GAZER or FRINGER this Summer/Autumn Festival Season.. you will never know where your career may take you just by applying

First Up on this 2 for 1 offer … …


GAZE International LGBT Film Festival – August Bank Holiday Weekend – 3rd – 7th

Ireland biggest LGBT event outside of Pride GAZE has played a vital and important socio-role in letting queer voices been heard. With its inception in 1992 along side decriminalisation GAZE paved the way for celebrating those who fought before us and remembering how far we have come and have to come in order to be accepted as equals.

With its 25th Silver Jubilee already launched and full swing we echo those fearless pioneers, toast our successes and achievements and look forward on the path of those future voices who will carry our legacy. So join us at the Lighthouse Cinema Smithfield – We Are Family After All – Please find application attached – return completed to volunteers@gaze.ieclosing date is July 19th ☺ #GAZE25


Next On The Performing Arts Festival Calendar … … ….


Dublin Fringe Festival – September 9th – 24th – Where? Just ALL OVER Dublin City

Well into becoming a National Institution Dublin Fringe Festival is as relevant and fresh to first time performers, artists, producers and writers – showcasing the best in new Irish talent and inviting over the most innovative and creative International Acts.

For over twenty years Fringe has been bringing the unexpected, the unaccepted, the mesmerising, the totally head scratching, the unheard of and the most mentioned of Spoken Word, Live Art, Spectacle, Comedy, Theatre & Outdoor Nirvana. Volunteering with Fringe is never a straightforward affair with shifts that can have you stewarding a Brass Band upon a roof top of city centre car park, to minding a horse to corralling audiences into a shipping container for a daylight rave.  One thing for sure is it’s never going to be boring during those two weeks in Sept.

So why not take a change and volunteer – you never know it would be the beginning of a beautiful friendship with the Performing Arts in Dublin – Please find application attached – return completed to volunteers@fringefest.comclosing date is August 16th ☺ #GetYourFringeOn


“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks

breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.”

– Anonymous


Commedia dell’Arte Masterclass: Sun 26th Feb

“More than any other, the Commedia dell’Arte is the genre of theatre that expresses the present as it moves.”– Antonio Fava


Originating in Renaissance Italy and translating as “theatre of the professional”, Commedia dell’Arte is distinguished by its character types and use of masks, physical comedy and improvisation.


Commedia dell’Arte is known for its swift pace and wit – encouraging actors’ imaginations, swift thinking and the physical discipline to create this type of rehearsed improvised theatre.
The style has had an lasting influence on Shakespeare, Molière and performing arts such as opera, vaudeville, musical theatre, improv comedy. You can even spot it’s influence on the modern sitcom.
Led by actor, teacher, director and writer Ronan Dempsey, this one-day masterclass will excite, enthrall and inform your performances in all styles far beyond Commedia.


Book now for this workshop on Sunday 26th February
Time: 10.00am – 6.00pm
at The Gaiety School of Acting, Essex St West, Temple Bar, D8
Cost €100.00

Fingal Film Fest applications open for Best Student Film

Best Student Film
Awarded for Excellence in Student Filmmaking in Ireland and around the Globe. We reward the winner of Best Student Film with a prize voucher worth €1000 from our sponsor **Film Equipment Hire Ireland**
Submissions open until June 30th
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GSA Grad Camille Ross heads to Brighton Fringe




By Camille Lucy Ross & Kelly Shatter

This Award-Winning, critically acclaimed Dark Comedy comes to Brighton Fringe fresh from Dublin Fringe 2015 & First Fortnight festival 2016.

24th -25th May – 19:45, 28th May – 15.30

@ The Warren: Main House


Winner of the First Fortnight Award & Nominated for Best Performer & The Little Gem Award @ Dublin Fringe.

“ a hugely entertaining piece of theatre…hilarious and touching … incredibly relatable… A must for anyone with demons (that’s everyone, right?).” -The Reviews Hub.

“Ross has a lethal timing for comedy and performs an impressive gallery of characters.” – Exeunt Magazine

“Big Bobby. Little Bobby showcases the remarkable transformational talent of Camille Lucy Ross. Teetering on the knife edge between dark comedy and tragic poignancy, Camille holds the audience with expert grip.”- Annie Ryan/ Corn Exchange Theatre Co.

‘a fascinating, absorbing and truly scary story, skilfully handled by Camille Lucy Ross and Kelly Shatter and played to the hilt by Camille, who has to be one of the most talented young performers in the country. A bizarre and intriguing comedy with real heart”– Lynne Parker/ Rough Magic Theatre Co.

Big Bobby. Little Bobby is a twisted tender comedy; a one woman tour-de-force about keeping your demons sweet.

Bobby has shared a bed with Mammy all her life. Mammy sleeps in her tights, plays games in the night and guzzles bottles under the stairs. It’s time for Bobby to get out.

Alone in the silence of Granny’s old house, Little Bobby appears, filling Bobby’s head with self loathing, filthy urges and occasionally a push in the right direction.

Bobby is tired of dealing with her bold inner-baba and Mammy’s chaos, only the thought of seeing Bernard’s big, potato head propels her from the bed and forces her to deal with her dark side.

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Camille Lucy Ross: Performer, Co- writer and Artistic Director of Brazen Tales. Camille is fresh from LA’s iO West Improv school, where alumni include Amy Poehler & Tina Fey. She is also a graduate of the Gaiety School of Acting (Dublin) & University College Dublin, Camille is a theatre and Television actor from Dublin Ireland, her work includes a range of sketch comedy for RTE- Ireland’s main national broadcaster. In Dublin, Camille has worked for Rough Magic, The Gate & Collapsing Horse Theatre companies among many more. She has won several awards for her theatre work as Performer & writer.

Kelly Shatter: Director & Co writer. Kelly is a graduate of Performance in DIT, Central School of Speech & Drama and also an iO West alumni. Theatre credits include Sleeping Beauty (Landmark), Peter Pan (Pavilion), An Triail (Aisling Ghéar),The Stuff of Myth (Crazy Dog Audio Theatre). As writer/director she co-wrote Bubble Wrap Blues with Bryan Burroughs (Project Brand New), When The Curtains Are Drawn (Exchange) ,This Day (Embassy Theatre,London), Assistant director Everyday(Corn Exchange).

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Sky Academy Arts Scholarship 2016

Applications now open & Dublin Briefing Event Confirmed for Sky Academy Arts Scholarship 2016

€40k fund for an emerging Irish artist aged 18-30

Dublin Briefing Event : The Liquor Rooms, 7 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2

5.00-7.00pm, Wednesday 13 January 2016

Sky Academy Arts Scholarships are back, offering €40,000 funding and mentoring to a talented artist aged 18-30 based in Ireland. We’re delighted to confirm that Business to Arts is working with Sky Academy to support the application process and selection here in Ireland. Run in partnership with Hiive, the aim of the scholarships is to give young people the time, space and money they need to develop their creative practice and unlock their potential.

A Briefing Session in Dublin on Wednesday 13 January 2016 will guide potential applicants through the application process, giving tips and hints on how best to communicate their creative vision in the materials submitted. The briefing session will be attended by Sky Academy and Hiive representatives who will travel from the UK, as well as the Ambassador for the Irish application process, Kris Nelson, Director of Tiger Dublin Fringe, and 2015 Irish Scholarship winner, visual artist Kevin Gaffney. Kris Nelson will screen Irish applications to help create the shortlist and sit in on interviews in Dublin, and so will be able to give useful insight into how and why particular applications stood out to the panel last year.

Each artist will receive £30,000/€40,000 towards the development of an artistic project and the cost of living for one year, along with mentoring from senior Sky staff and professionals from the arts industry. In addition, the artists will receive a short film about their project and practice, and wider developmental support from Sky and Hiive. Four scholarships will be awarded to artists living in the UK and one scholarship will be awarded to an artist living in Ireland.

Applications are now open – to apply, artists will need to be a member of Hiive and submit an idea for an artistic project under one of the following six categories: Music, Dance, Visual Art, Theatre and Comedy, Film Production and Creative Producing. Applications can be either written or filmed, simply click here to visit the Hiive Competitions page for more information. Applications must be received by 5.00pm on Thursday 10 March 2016. Shortlisted artists will be interviewed in Dublin in May. The winners will be announced at the South Bank Awards in June.

Please let us know if you would like to attend the Briefing on 13 January 2016. Please also pass this information on to others in your network who might apply or spread the word.

Smashing Times Theatre Project: Women, War and Peace

Using creative processes to explore the role of women in Europe from World War II to the present and the power of the EU in promoting Peace and Gender Equality today
Co-funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union

Women, War and Peace is a new project using creative processes to explore the role of women in European from World War II to the present, as well as the power of the EU in promoting peace and gender equality today. The project is co-funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union. This year-long transnational project involves four European partners from Ireland, Spain, Germany and Poland and marks the 70th anniversary of the ending of WWII by using creative processes and on-line resources to promote a remembrance of European history with a focus on women’s experiences of WWII and their journey within Europe from 1945 to the present day. Using theatre, film and political activism, this project raises awareness of the formation of the EU, its history and diversity and its role today in promoting peace, gender equality, cultural diversity and the well being of all its citizens.

As one of Ireland’s leading organizations in delivering performance work in social and professional contexts, Smashing Times is the lead organization working in partnership with Institute de Formacion Y Estudios Sociales (IFES), Valencia, Spain; Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universitaet Hannover, Hannover, Germany; and Akademia Humanistyczno-Ekonomiczna w Lodzi, Lódz, Poland.

The project brings different citizens and communities together to explore a remembrance of WWII and all those who died including the women who actively campaigned against Fascism and Nazism and promoted liberty. The project explores what can lead to a rise of intolerance and totalitarianism and raises awareness of how citizens can actively support peace and equality today. Equality is a fundamental principle of the EU. However there is still more to be done and women’s rights are under attack from extremists around the world. There is a need to re-affirm a commitment to gender equality as a key component for democracy and peace. Women’s rights are an essential component of universal human rights. Women are powerful drivers of change and this transnational project remembers the role of women in Europe and power of the EU in promoting peace and gender equality for all. The project results in an on-line Research and Resource pack; a Remembrance through Drama Workshop model; a performance; public debates and Legislative Theatre sessions; a webinar linking four countries; an on-line Questionnaire and an International Conference taking place in Dublin in September 2016.

To launch the project Smashing Times held an International Pan-European Meeting on the 28 October 2015 at the Carmelite Community Centre, Whitefriar Street, Dublin where representatives from Spain, Germany and Poland met with artists from Ireland.
Do you think World War 11 has had any impact on your life or on the life of someone you know? Smashing Times are making an open call asking the general public to join their project. Although Ireland was neutral during World War II, there are indeed many Irish women who travelled to Britain and beyond to fight against Nazism and Fascism. The company is searching for these and other untold stories of Irish women active in history including dissenters, anti-war demonstrators, soldiers, victims and pacifists. If you have any stories relating to the role of Irish women during WWII that you wish to share please get in touch. And those interested in knowing more about the project are welcome to attend workshops and performances and to contribute to the memory of these women. For more information please contact Freda at Smashing Times using the details below.

Smashing Times Theatre Company
Tel: + 353 (0) 1 865 6613 Tel: + 353 (0) 87 221 4245
Fax: + 353 (0) 1 873 5283

The Embodied Theatre Annual Residency

The Embodied Theatre Annual Residency is a six-week course in physical devising and performance skills. This year it will be delivered in three two-week teaching blocks between December 2015 and May 2016; by performer–directors Alex Rigg, Ewan Downie and Al Seed.

There are no charges for participation and a subsidy will be provided to each of the twelve participants. Applications are welcome from outside of Scotland. The course is designed to provide established performers, actors and directors with the opportunity to extend their physical performance skills without having to spend extensive periods away from paid employment.

For full details and how to apply follow this link.

Irish Theatre Summer School


My time at The Gaiety School of Acting on their Irish Theatre Summer School

When I got a call two months ago and was told that I had been chosen as a scholarship recipient to the Irish Theatre Summer School, I couldn’t believe it. I saw the scholarship advertised on the Gaiety School of Acting Facebook page, and so I applied, thinking I hadn’t a hope of getting one of the three places up for grabs. Applying for the scholarship turned out to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I can honestly say that there are few things that I have ever enjoyed more than the Irish Theatre Summer School, and it was both beneficial to my acting, while also being a lot of fun.

The course is mainly a study abroad program, and myself and the two other scholarship recipients were put into a class with seven American students. Naturally before I started, I assumed that we were just going to study Irish theatre every day. But the course included so much more than that. We had scheduled culture visits, we saw a plethora of plays and took part in both practical acting classes, voice classes, and attended seminars on Irish playwrights; all of this culminating in an end of course showcase.

The acting classes covered all aspects of acting and acting skills needed in the world of theatre. We learned the technical side of acting, but also how to reach for the emotions and make the connection between yourself and the character. We were taught many great acting tips and given advice that I fully took on board and now use in my performances. I can see the improvement in my acting since I started the course and hope that it will continue to improve. The acting classes not only taught these techniques, but also showed us how to utilise them in performances. We also had voice classes, which taught me how to do something I had no idea how to do previously, project. We were thought how to get our voices to sound louder and stronger, and most importantly, we were taught how to protect them.

Our cultural visits included the Yeats exhibition, which is one of the finest and most detailed exhibitions that I have seen to date. We also visited The National Gallery, The Archaeological Museum, and The Chester Beatty Library. The latter was a completely new experience for me, as I was unaware that The Chester Beatty Library even existed. It is full of the most magnificent collection of artefacts from all over the world, and is a definite must see for anybody. We also saw some very fun Dublin staples, such as the Guinness storehouse, a walking tour of Dublin, the Viking splash, The Book of Kells, and St Michan’s Church, where you can shake hands with an 800 year old corpse. Definitely not something that you get to do every day.  This was a very fun and cultural side to the course, and not only is it great to have for the study abroad students to get to know Ireland better, but I myself got to see places and learn about things in my own city that I had never taken the time to before.

Probably the most helpful aspect of the programme was the amount of plays that we went to see as part of the course. Particular highlights include Once the Musical, Shadow of a Gunman, Trainspotting, Iscariot (Written and directed by Gaiety School of Acting director Patrick Sutton) and a fantastic new play called Monsters, Dinosaurs, Ghosts. We saw the graduating Gaiety full time students perform their amazing play Full Moon Hotel, which was side splittingly hilarious, and we got to see the first year full time students performing their end of year showcase, which was also exceptionally hilarious and full of very talented actors. It was great to get to see fellow acting students showing what they can do, and also demonstrating what can be achieved through hard work and practice. It was so helpful to get to see all of these plays, and observe live all of the techniques we had been taught in class. This was definitely one of the more educational and enjoyable aspects of the course.

The course would have not been nearly as educational and informative without its fantastic tutors. We were thought by Patrick Sutton and Donal Courtney for our practical acting classes, and their advice and direction was second to none. They gave us practical advice while also getting us to build our confidence and stage presence. We had Russell Smith for our voice classes, who not only brought all of our voices towards reaching their full capacity, but also brought a lot of us out of our shells. Gerry Dukes gave exceptional seminars on famous Irish playwrights, and delved into their fascinating history, lives, and explored the mark they left on Irish theatre and culture.

The Irish Theatre Summer School was over all a really great experience, and I am so grateful to have been selected. I met some of the most amazing people and it was difficult to say goodbye to everyone at the end. The days were so fun and varied; you never knew if you were going to find yourself crawling on the floor pretending to be animals in voice class, or acting out very serious scenes that challenged you to the extreme. It was a mixture of fun and seriousness, at times calling for you to dig deep and grow as a person and an actor.  The end of course showcase was not only a highpoint of the course, but also of my entire summer. I’ve never been so terrified or had so much fun as we showcased all of the work we’d done to a packed room in the Black Box theatre. It was the perfect way to end a great experience. I think that I can safely say that I am going to miss the Gaiety School of Acting and every single person I met there so much.

Suzanne completed the Irish Theatre Summer School in July 2015. This four week program explores a unique approach to Irish Theatre that combines the understanding of the text with an exploration of the craft of acting. By working with improvisation and breath control you will focus on locating and developing the presence of the actor. Combined with lectures on Irish Theatre classics and contemporary Irish writers, participants will be submerged in an extensive cultural program which includes regular theatre visits and points of interest throughout Dublin.




Fortune’s Fool Productions is at it again with a raucous production of Shakespeare’s most sexist (and possibly sexiest) comedy, The Taming of the Shrew. Nothing is ever as it seems with these Fools, who have (sex) changed Bill’s play – but not how you would expect – into (Not a Traditional) Taming of the Shrew. Is post Marriage Referendum, post Gender Self-Designation, Dublin ready for such a show? Come and find out.

Set in the other fair city of Padua, Katherina’s younger sister, Bianca, is the most sought after bride in town, but her father has vowed that Bianca cannot marry until her older sister, Katherina, the shrew, becomes a wife. The hunt is on to find a tamer and set Bianca free to be woo’d (or bought) by the most worthy suitor.

You can expect the unexpected in this hysterical (and sometimes troubling) interpretation of Taming. Save the dates in your calendar and pray for good weather:

6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13 & 14 AUGUST – 7PM Curtain – Show finishes by 9PM

8, 9, 15 & 16 AUGUST – 3PM Curtain – Show finishes by 5PM

Admission is FREE! Access to the performances is from the Clonmel Street entrance. Bring a blanket or tarp to sit on, a picnic supper (just remember alcohol is not permitted in the park) and enjoy the show! Keep up with all the highlights of the production and get more information by joining our Facebook event.

The cast includes The Gaiety School of Acting’s Class of 2015 grads; Caoimhe Mulcahy, Ethan Dillon, Fergus Mulligan, Diana Melo and Sonja Nedovic. Along with Class of 2016 students; Louis Deslis, Juliette Crosbie and Desmond Eastwood. And Muireann D’Arcy – Class of 2012. For the full cast list and actor bios see here:

About Fortune’s Fool Productions

Fortune’s Fool Productions is a professional theatre company and one of Ireland’s leading outdoor theatre performance groups. Audiences are still talking about their stunning productions of Much Ado About Nothing and Romeo & Juliet (Unplugged). Company members have included Muiris Crawley (Pilgrim Hill-film, The Shadow of a Gunman-The Abbey), Rickie O’Neill (Once-Olympia Theatre), Amilia Clarke Stewart (Katy O’ Brien-Fair City, Leper & Chip-Edinburgh Festival), and Connal Keating (Leper & Chip – Edinburgh Festival). This past April, they came in doors to produce the Irish premier of Gidion’s Knot that was hailed by LeCool Magazine as “[an] engrossing [and] rare performance…not to be missed.”

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