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Youth Theatre Company Dublin

Chris asks…

how do i get starting in the acting business?

I live in ireland , i have no experience in acting but i have always had a interest in it and would like to start . the problem is i dont know where to start .. any ideas ?

TheatrePlayers answers:

I can only speak for Dublin, Ireland but my best advice would the Gaiety School of Acting. They have a variety of courses for acting for beginners from camera to stage to theatre company.
Most of the terms run for ten weeks at one class a week for about 3 hours.
If you enjoy them you can progress by taking more advanced classes.
After having done at least one 10 week course within the Gaiety and if you are 16-19 you can then audition for the youth theatre company which runs as a professional theatre company for 3 terms (Sept – Dec, Jan- April, April – June) and then at the end of the year has a full length production in project arts centre.
If you are over 19 there is the Gaiety Theatre Company which runs productions in association with Smock Alley Theatre. You can audition for this company after doing a 10 week course.
If you are under 16, after a 10 week course you can audition for the young performers company.

I attended the Gaiety in temple bar and there are also schools in Bray, Malahide, Navan, Wexford, Castleblayney, Portlaoise, Thurles and Cork. The school is excellent, the facilitators are brilliant. The staff are wonderful.
Its not cheap but its definitely worth the extra 50 compared to other drama schools.
Iv been to a variety of stage schools before studying drama full time in uni and my time in the Gaiety was just priceless.
Sign up now and get ready for a wonderful experience!

Laura asks…

What is Isle of Man like to visit?

What is its culture, people, climate, customs, etc.

TheatrePlayers answers:

Hi from wet misty IOM.
Just home from crown green bowls, a popular game on the island and driving through Santon it was like November.
Fireworks in a minute..


Culture is varied . There are 48% Manx and 52% comeovers and stayovers, including Irish English Scots Welsh Poles Romanians, a few Chinese and Indians.
There isn’t a mainland from here.. There’s ‘across’ which is across the water.

The buses are pretty reliable We’ve got some new Mercedes buses too. Last buses leave around 2250 and there’s a night owl at weekends.
A new one arriving off the ferry Ben my Chree (Girl of my Heart)

There is an electric railway to Ramsay, a steam railway to Port Erin, and a electric tram to the summit of Snaefell when the weather is reasonable enough
The steam locos are the original Thomas the Tank Engines. The stories are set in Sodor.
The Bishop here is the Bishop of Sodor and Man.


The IOM steam Packet Company runs ferries to Liverpool Heysham Dublin and Belfast. There is an airport with connections to airports all over the British Isles..

The highlight of the year for many is the TT races, with thousands coming over for it, many from abroad.
37 1/.4 miles on normal roads, through towns and villages, over the mountain and back to the grandstand in 20 minutes a lap for the leaders and over 200mph on the Sulby Straight.
Turn the volume down before watching…it shrieks!!


The Southern Hundred bike races are popular too

Manx culture is Celtic and Viking but mostly the island is just like across now.
Traffic, offices, rainy lunch break, crowded main shopping street on Saturdays, can’t move in Tesco Friday evening, scream at the ref on the TV match of the day in the Rovers, sink another pint of Okells the local big brewery or Bushey’s lovely offerings, which is a very nice independent brewery.
Good beers, no chemical beers allowed,

The commercial fishing was mostly for herring and queenies.There isn’t as much now but we have a queenie festival every year

There is a Viking festival and longboat race at Peel every year.
Peel is the Manxiest place left on the island and has a good castle.
Another excellent one is Castle Rushen in the south at Castletown which is decorated as near as possible as it would have been in medieval times..


There are brass bands, choirs, and a national youth orchestra and ceilidhs with traditional instruments and Manx dance, plus discos and clubs,quiz nights, karaoke etc and a very good Victorian theatre, the Gaiety, very well preserved….
The other big venue is the Villa Marina just along the prom.
Both have websites.
These folks are friends. After a few minutes of it you’ll know you’ve got legs.
Traditional Manx dance. Good winter warmer.


The fishing is OK off the rocks, better with a boat, and there are snooker and darts leagues, football and rugby including women’s teams, shooting, a National Sports Centre (NSC) with a large swimming pool and an excellent track, and the Island takes part in the Island Games and hosts them and has hosted the Commonwealth Youth Games.

Mark Cavendish is Manx and we met at times on the roads years ago when he did his training rides here on the hills but he got a little bit better than I did haha, not that I’m a racer anyway, more of a touring cyclist but some roads here ….well, you just can’t resist a good head down and goooooo.
Worse now though with more traffic around.
From Snaefell summmit you can see 7 kingdoms on a good day..
Kingdom of the Sea (Neptune’s), Scotland, Ireland , Wales, England, Mann (double n), and the Kingdom of Heaven.
The last three trips I saw around 100 yards as the tram appeared through the clouds haha

The tram leaves from Laxey which has the world’s largest working water wheel, called Lady Isabella.
There is a Manx language school at St John’s, the only one in the world where all the teaching is in Manx gaelic.
Gaelic is not a language. It is a group of languages which includes the dialects of Irish (Munster and Derry), Scots gaelic, Manx gaelic etc
There’s more but Y! Says it was too long…groan
Look up the water wheel. For what’s on and local news, links for the ferry and airport etc put ‘IOMtoday’ in the search box. For webcams including the mountain put ‘webcams IOM’.
Failte erriu—you’re welcome
Aigh vie….good luck.
Anuthrun yessir…another pint of Busheys please

Charles asks…

what happen in 1882-1941 at Ireland?

in the 1882-1941 at Ireland, famous Author James Joyce was alived. i want know, when James Joys while one lives what happen in the world or Ireland and what infulence to he’s works.

TheatrePlayers answers:

Joyce, James, 1882—1941, Irish novelist. Perhaps the most influential and significant novelist of the 20th cent., Joyce was a master of the English language, exploiting all of its resources. His novel Ulysses, which is among the great works of world literature, utilizes many radical literary techniques and forms.

Life and Works

The eldest of ten children born in a Dublin suburb, Joyce was educated at Jesuit schools–Clongowes Wood College in Clane (1888—91) and Belvedere College in Dublin (1893—99)–and then attended University College in Dublin (1899—1902). Although a brilliant student, he was only sporadically interested in the official curriculum. In 1902 he lived briefly in Paris and returned to the Continent in 1904 with Nora Barnacle, the woman who would eventually become his wife. For the next 25 years Joyce, Nora, and their children lived at various times in Trieste, Zürich, and Paris.

Joyce returned to Ireland briefly in 1909 in a futile attempt to start a chain of motion picture theaters in Dublin, and again in 1912 in an unsuccessful attempt to arrange for the publication of the short story collection Dubliners, which had to be abandoned due to fears of prosecution for obscenity and libel. Although the plates were destroyed, Dubliners was finally published in England in 1914. A short volume of poetry, Chamber Music, was his first published volume; it appeared in 1907. He published two subsequent volumes of poetry, Pomes Pennyeach (1927) and Collected Poems (1937).

Joyce and his family spent the years of World War I in Zürich, where he finished his novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. It first appeared in The Egoist, a periodical edited by Harriet Shaw Weaver, and was published in book form in 1916. In 1917, Joyce contracted glaucoma; for the rest of his life he would endure pain, periods of near blindness, and many operations. At this time he also wrote his only play, the Ibsenesque Exiles (1918).

Ulysses, written between 1914 and 1921, was published in parts in The Little Review and The Egoist, but Joyce encountered the same opposition to publishing the novel in book form that he had confronted with Dubliners. It was published in Paris in 1922 by Shakespeare & Company, a bookstore owned by Sylvia Beach, an American expatriate. Its publication was banned in the United States until 1933. For many years he lived mainly on money donated by patrons, notably Harriet Shaw Weaver.

From 1922 until 1939 Joyce worked on Finnegans Wake (1939), a complex novel that attempts to connect multiple cycles of Irish and human history into the framework of a single night’s events in the family of a Dublin publican. In 1931 Joyce finally married Nora. Her practical, sometimes cynical response to Joyce’s work provided a needed complement to his own self-absorption. Joyce and Nora had a turbulent relationship; both were profoundly affected by the progressive insanity of their daughter. Joyce died in Zürich in 1941 after an operation for a perforated duodenal ulcer.

Technique and Vision

Joyce’s career displays a consistent development. In each of his four major works there is an increase in the profundity of his vision and the complexity of his literary technique, particularly his experiments with language. Dubliners is a linked collection of 15 short stories treating the sometimes squalid, sometimes sentimental lives of various Dublin residents. The stories portray a city in moral and political paralysis, an insight that the reader is intended to achieve through a succession of revelatory moments, which Joyce called epiphanies. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is an autobiographical account of the adolescence and youth of Stephen Dedalus, who comes to realize that before he can be a true artist he must rid himself of the stultifying effects of the religion, politics, and essential bigotry of Ireland.

Ulysses recreates the events of one day in Dublin–June 16, 1904; widely known as “Bloomsday” –centering on the activities of a Jewish advertising-space salesman, Leopold Bloom, his wife Molly, and the aforementioned Stephen Dedalus, now a teacher. The fundamental design of Ulysses is based on Homer’s Odyssey; each chapter in the novel parallels one in the epic and is also associated with an hour of the day, color, symbol, and part of the body. Attempting to recreate the total life of his characters–the surface life and the inner life–Joyce mingles realistic descriptions with verbal representations of his characters’ most intimate and random thoughts, using techniques of interior narration.

Interspersed throughout the work are historical, literary, religious, and geographical allusions, evocative patterns of words, word games, and many-sided puns, all of which imbue the ordinary events of the novel with the copious significance of those in an epic. Despite its complexities, Ulysses is an extraordinarily satisfying book, a celebration of life unparalleled in its humor, characterization, and tragic irony. A new edition of Ulysses, edited by H. Gabler, appeared in 1986, claiming to correct more than 5,000 errors that had been discovered in previous editions; it was itself flawed, and the publisher has subsequently reissued the 1961 edition in tandem with Gabler’s.

Joyce’s last work, Finnegans Wake, presents the dark counterpart of “Bloomsday” of Ulysses. Framed by the dream-induced experiences of a Dublin publican, the novel recapitulates the cycles of Irish history, and in its multiple allusions almost reveals a universal consciousness. In order to present this new reality Joyce manipulated and distorted language that pushed the work to the furthest limits of comprehensibility.

Because of its complexity Finnegans Wake is perhaps more talked about than read, and despite the publication of the manuscripts and drafts of the novel in 1978, probably will never be completely understood. Other posthumous publications include part of an early version of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man called Stephen Hero (1944). In June, 1962, a Joyce museum, containing pictures, papers, and first editions of Joyce’s books, was opened in Dublin.

Hope this will be of help.


Mary asks…

How do i follow my dream? where do i start? please help :) . xxxx.?

hey im 14 and im living in ireland/dublin.

my dream is to be an actress and i cannot go to a different country to start this .. i must start here .. but the thing is where do i start .. i dont know any acting/drama clubs .. and its not very easy for me to travel far ..

but i really interested … ive done school plays so im started at that .. but shud i start a modelling thing or something and then ove to acting when i get older .. its really hard to fidn these things ..

if anyone cud inform me of acting clubs in dublin or modelling things .. or anything like that id really appreciate it ..

only comment if ur nice and have something worth hearing to say.. thanks :) .


TheatrePlayers answers:

There is a Drama department at Trinity College, there is the Irish Academy for Dramatic Arts and several other colleges with drama departments.

The usual route into acting is to study at a drama school to degree level and to try and get a summer season as an assistant stage manager with a repertory company. This is incredibly hard work because often these companies that will present 3 or 4 different plays in a week so you need to know your lines for several different productions.

How often do you go to the theatre? You are lucky to live somewhere you have so much choice of what to go to see.

You will I’m sure find that some of the theatres will have youth programs or theatre clubs that they run.

Good luck

William asks…

Career as an actress, moving country..Could this work out? Please answer :) x?

Ok this sounds really crazy.. but i’ve been told by my friends and some family to like go for my dreams and all :) So my dream is acting, i know that a lot of teenagers want to act and everything but im really focused on it. I live in ireland and well that’s no LA or New York so as you can guess there is no acting really? I’ve searched nearly every site with ireland auditions and there is none in my age range which is 13? So anyway.. im still in school. I actually have like 4 more years of it :( I was thinking.. America, well i always wanted 2 move there. I love it so much even though i haven’t been there but like New York and all!!! So could this work out? I finish school after the leaving cert, get a job and start saving. I could also have started saving from a younger age. Then i could go over to america and get a temporary job, after a while get an agent and well then i will audition and stuff :) But also have a job unless the acting has become a very frequent thing :) Could this work out? I would love to move to america even if i don’t pursue my dream of acting.
And please no answers saying im too young to know what i want to do and stuff. Thanks :)
Any tips on hwo this could work? Thanks for the answers so far. I could go to Australia or England either? Maybe work my way up to America. I would also be able 2 get a green card.

TheatrePlayers answers:

No it’s not going to work out. You cannot get a visa for temporary work and the only way to get a visa as a performer is to have proof you are already considered a nationally recognised performer in your own country – that means you are represented by an agent, have appeared in professional productions (film, television or theatre), have been reviewed in the press, etc.
There are plenty of theatre opportunities in Ireland for people your age – there’s even a National Association for Youth Drama
Just click on your county and neighbouring counties on the map to find specific youth theatre companies near you
also check out

And here’s a list of drama schools

If you can’t become a recognised actor in Ireland, a country with only 4 million people, how do you think you could make it in a country with almost 300 million people? You have a much better chance building up your resume in Ireland, then trying to move to the US once you have made a name for yourself

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