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Improv Drama Weekend Workshop for Beginners

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Key Information:
Class Size: 4 - 10 people
Destination: Ireland  
Category: Performance Workshops
Specialty: Theatre  
Season: October
Courses Per Year: 1
Course Level: Beginner
Min Price: 200 Euro (EUR) per person
Max Price: 225 Euro (EUR) per person

During this weekend you will learn how to improvise & in the process have lots of fun! Filled with games & exercises this 2-day workshops will teach you a lot about theatre & more importantly about yourself! Exercise your imagination, your creativity & your funny bone, make instant characters & build stories as you go along. Improvisation is also great for anyone who deals with people or groups in an everyday basis & it’s a fantastic storytelling tool. Here everybody will entertain & be entertained! Come & enjoy! This course is taught by the drama team at the arts centre: The Team.

Claire Gowdy

Claire Gowdy studied Drama and Theatre Studies with Belinda Wild at the Kinsale College for Further Education, specialising in working with young people. The groups she has worked with range from infants through to young adults including groups presenting challenging behavior. For the past 4 years Claire has facilitated after school drama classes in the School Project in Cork. She ran a private group called ‘The Mad Hatters’ which performed a devised show in the Firkin Crane. Claire has worked for the Gaiety School of Acting, the Travelers Womans Network, the Irish Centre for Talented Youth and the Helene-Lange-Schule in Wiesbaden, Germany. She also facilitates many youthgroups for Ogra Corcai in youth centres in Togher and Knocknaheeny. She is also a writer and performer for Dowtha Puppets in Cork.

Paula McGlinchey

Paula is an Actor living in County Cork. She studied Contemporary dance at the London Studio Centre and BA Drama at Durban University. In 2000 Paula attended the Drama studies course in performance/Theory at the Kinsale Further Education College. She worked in Political Theatre in Kwamashu Township, in South Africa with teenagers and adults and was the Artistic Director of the International Chimanimani Arts Festival in Zimbabwe. There she was also the Drama teacher at Mvurachena and choreographer for the school productions. On returning to Ireland, she has given numerous Drama workshops for young people in Cork County and has given master classes at the Kinsale College in dance movement. Paula incorporates physical creativity in her drama workshops and has a keen interest in mask work. She is a Co. Founder of Metamorphic Theatre Company and a member of Cyclone Repertory Company.

Marcus Bale

Marcus Bale trained in Buenos Aires for seven years in different Actors Studios. He also studied Improvisation, Clown, Circus, Mime, Physical, Mask and Anthropological Theatre. In Ireland he performed and directed a multitude of plays. Since 2002 he has been giving workshops on Improvisation, Clowning, Commedia dell' Arte, & the Techniques of Jerzi Grotowski, Eugenio Barba & Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed, always emphasising the physical aspect of theatre. He has taught in Ireland, Germany, Italy, Canada & Argentina. In 2001 he co-founded BYOB Productions. The same year he co-founded Cyclone Comedy Improv Troupe. In 2002 he was co-founder of the Snatch Comedy Improv Troupe with whom he performs all over Ireland. In 2003 he became Teacher for the Gaiety School of Acting in Cork teaching adults, children & teenagers. He also teaches "The Spirit of Sign", Cork Deaf Community Drama group & is also guest teacher at the Theatre Courses in Kinsale College of Further Education & KCAT Drama Course in Callan, Kilkenny.

Faculty Information:
This teaching center does not affiliate with state education facilities and provides courses without examinations for enthusiasts.

Other Activities:
The school is located close to Kinsale town, about 15 minutes walk from the harbor. Accommodation is available in the town at various levels of quality and price, and there are several bed and breakfasts mid-way between the town and the pottery.

Facility Information:
The Arts Centre provides drama, literary and arts and crafts courses for adults and children, specializing in pottery, art, drawing and painting, glass fusing and stained glass, book making and binding, film animation, creative writing, photography and mosaic-making. We run weekly morning and evening classes, weekend breaks, summer schools and tailor-made workshops for corporate groups and private parties. There are four teaching rooms, each of which can accommodate up to 20 people, so a group of 40-50 can be booked.

We can accommodate up to 20 people in one class and up to 50 in a group, or as few as two or three at a time. All our courses suit beginners, enthusiasts and professionals, using a wide range of facilities and techniques. The pottery includes electric and raku kilns, stoneware and earthenware clays, and we teach throwing, hand-building and all varieties of glazing.

The school is situated just 20 minutes from Cork Airport, close to the center of the beautiful historic harbor of Kinsale, famed for its restaurants and shops. The pottery is in the converted stables of the home farm for Ballinacurra House, and the gallery is in the eaves of its coach house, which dates back to 1795.

Since 2001, we have provided classes and courses to suit all levels of skill and experience ranging from the complete beginner through to exhibitor standard and the school has become the largest and most established center of its kind in Ireland. We stock a wide selection of clays and glazes, our pottery courses cover the full range of ceramics and sculpting techniques.

Kinsale is internationally renowned for its cuisine, its cosmopolitan style and the beauty of its harbor. There are many excellent pubs and restaurants in the town, as well as a wide range of art and craft shops. What better place to learn a craft, or take a break.

Notes:
€225 per person (bring a friend for €200) full cooked lunches are included in the price.

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