Children’s Summer Drama Course at the Ivy Leaf

Ivy Leaf Children's Drama Class 01/06/2017
Stage set: Christine Brosnan (left) pictured with Michael Burke and Redmond Roche with Michelle Burke in a walk-on role at the announcement of details of their Children’s Summer Drama Classes at the Ivy Leaf Art Centre. ©Photograph: John Reidy

A Children’s Summer Drama Course for eight to 11 year olds is being organised for the famed Ivy Leaf Art Centre stage in Castleisland for July 4th., 5th. and 6th. from 10:30am to 1:30pm each day.

Michael Burke and Redmond Roche will be familiar to people who have attended performances by the Island Players in the recent and not so recent past.

Michael’s Jobs Done

Both men have tread on every knot on the Ivy Leaf stage in comedy and serious roles created by many of the world’s best known playwrights.

Michael’s list of jobs done includes: Deeply Regretted By; Moll; Rumours; Run for your Wife; Don’t Dress for Dinner and most recently, Canaries.

Redmond – The Ideal Jesus

Recently described by locals as ‘the ideal Jesus’ – after his lead role in the Castleisland Good Friday Passion Play, Redmond Roche has also been a solid member of Jerome Stack’s Island Players’ team for the past couple of decades.

Christine – Great Opportunity

They will be joined in the delivery of the course by local student Christine Brosnan – who believes that the drama camp is a great opportunity for the children of the locality to get into theatre and all its benefits.

They’re responding to a perceived need for children’s courses and are hoping to pass on the bug for acting which was always strong in the Castleisland area.

Aspects of Stage-Craft

The three day course will look at different aspects of stage-craft, including: voice production; movement; mime; character development and stage production.

“The course will introduce children from eight to 11 years old to various aspects of acting and performing through drama and games.

“We will look to boost the confidence of the participants in a playful atmosphere while developing creativity through imagination and with no concept of failure,” said Mr. Burke – who first caught the acting bug as a child in New York.

Course Cost and Information

The cost of the classes are: €40 per child. There is a 50% discount for a second family member. For bookings and further details please call: Michael Burke on 087 31 43 488 or Redmond Roche 086 84 01 799.

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