17 May 2019

Leading On….Making & Devising Theatre with Antoinette Duffy- SOLD OUT

Leading On….Making & Devising Theatre with Antoinette Duffy- SOLD OUT

Bookings for Leading On… have now Sold Out. Please contact Alan King for cancellations.

It’s Leading On … time again. Our annual weekend for leaders is returning to NUI Maynooth for three days of making and devising theatre. All under the guidance of facilitator extraordinaire Antoinette Duffy.

Coming towards the end of the youth theatre year, the residential is the opportunity for youth theatre leaders to unwind, develop their practice and socialise with friends old and new. All this, without the responsibility of looking after young people of your own.

Making & Devising Theatre

This year’s course will look at ways of generating material for making and devising theatre. The working methods will be ensemble based while focusing on the physical and visual elements of theatre and storytelling. A variety of source materials will be used to stimulate work that we will combine into short theatre pieces. Our work will also focus on group storytelling which is informed by the notion of chorus. Expect to be physical, expect to create, expect to be active! The course content is informed by Antoinette’s extensive experience in devising and adaptation for stage and by her work with the MA in Theatre Practice, UCD/GSA.

Leaders of youth theatres affiliated to Youth Theatre Ireland and existing organisation and individual members of Youth Theatre Ireland will receive first preference.

About the Facilitator -Antoinette Duffy

Antoinette Duffy holds an MA in Modern Drama, UCD. She has worked in theatre for over twenty-five years as a director, actor, devisor, teacher and lecturer. Antoinette is the convenor on the MA in Theatre Practice UCD/GSA for the Gaiety School of Acting on which she teaches devising/making/directing. She also lectures in Drama Education on the BA Social Care Practice at TU Dublin. Antoinette works for the Gaiety School of Acting teaching acting, devising and other theatre-related courses. She also works as a freelance director and workshop facilitator and her subjects of interest and research include physical and visual theatre, devising and montage, adaptation, drama education and facilitating storytelling, story-making, writing and reminiscence work.

Theatre productions include God Has No Country by Donal Courtney, Fabulous Females by Ita Fitzmahony for the National Leprechaun Museum, Salt on Our Skin by Lindsay Sedgwick for Collaborations, the Film Noir inspired devised, City of Mirrors, an adaptation of The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde, Much Ado About A Midsummer Day at Night (a Shakespearian montage), an Oscar Wilde montage, Mandragola by Machiavelli and Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht. Favourites from her repertoire include, The Three Birds by Joanna Laurens, Urfaust by Goethe a Brechtian version by Dan Farrelly, Loves Labours Lost by William Shakespeare, Bloomin and Brazen comic collection from Ulysses by James Joyce, The Tempest by William Shakespeare and The Loose Confusion of a General Plunder a montage surrounding the women characters in the plays of Sean O’Casey.

About Leading On…

This is a highly active weekend and all participants are encouraged to participate fully in all workshops. Attendance is required for the full weekend. Workshops will run from 4 pm on Friday to 4 pm on Sunday. Saturday will be a full day from 10 am- 6.30pm approx. The full timetable will be available closer to the event.

The course fee of €120 covers:

• Two nights bed and self-catered breakfast (own ensuite room in the shared apartment exclusive to Leading On participants.)
• All workshop sessions over three days
• Lunch on Saturday & Sunday
• All Workshop Materials

Course places are limited to ensure each participant has a fulfilling and rewarding learning experience.

Booking is now sold out. Please contact  Alan King, Youth Theatre Officer at alan@youththeatre.ie for apply for stand by list.

Participation is strictly for adults aged 18 and over. ( You may be asked for proof of age.)

Places will be confirmed by email on receipt of full payment. Full timetables and other information will be emailed to you a week before the course starts.


June 14th -16th 2019


Maynooth University

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