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Children's Camps


"Song and Writing" Workshops - Claire Hennessy & Dara Black

Song and Writing workshops are brought to you by Dara Black, an experienced and innovative music teacher and Claire Hennessy, a creative writing teacher and the author of nine novels for young adults. Claire has also worked as a tutor with CTYI and was Editor on Our Voice. According to this highly creative team: "Our aim is to make sure all participants have fun and get creative. Participants discover that writing is enjoyable and easy! "

Song and Writing Summer 2010

Song and Writing workshops bring together song writing, creative writing, drama, music and performance. Our workshops are a fun and creative space in which to try new things, make new friends, gain confidence, and have fun! All levels of writing and musical experience are catered for. The summer 2010 workshop will run at Ballinteer Community School, Ballinteer, Dublin 16. Monday 28 June - Friday 2 July. 9am-2.30pm (ages 8-12); 10am-3.30pm (ages 13-17). €150 per student, with family discounts available. Booking and further info is available at Songwriting.com.
Creative Writing For Teens (ages 13-17)

This intensive one-day workshop is designed for anyone aged between 13 and 17 who’s interested in creative writing. The mix of writing exercises, drama exercises, discussions, and workshopping sessions will suit beginners as well as more experienced writers, helping participants get started, find inspiration, keep going, and improve their writing skills. Based at the Big Smoke Writing Factory, 7 Lower Hatch St, Dublin 2. 10am -5pm. €100 per student. Booking and further information at the Big Smoke Writing Factory.

Autumn Drama and Playwriting Courses for Ages 8-12 and 13-18 Years - Kelly Shatter    

Kelly Shatter has been working as a professional actress and theatre maker since graduating from her performance degree in 2003. She most recently performed in An Triail which toured nationally. She has worked as an acting coach and as an assistant director for the award winning Corn Exchange Theatre Company. She obtained her Masters in Performance at the Central School of Speech and Drama, London in August 06 and has just returned from an intensive performance workshop with the world renowned Footsbarn travelling Theatre Company. Kelly has also tutored CTYI students in creative writing courses in DCU and these courses are supported by CTYI.

The most important aspect of this Drama and Playwriting course is that each participant feels that they can have fun and be creative in a safe and supportive environment. The drama will involve a lot of improvisation exercises where the material created will then be worked on and developed in the playwriting section of the class. The goal is to encourage each participant to have written a short one act play by the end of the 1st term. These plays will then be presented to family and friends as rehearsed readings.

"I would like to offer the 1st class as a FREE drama and playwriting session to anyone who might be considering my autumn course but who is not 100% sure if it’s for them. You can drop into the 1st class completely free of charge and then just pay for the rest of the course if you choose to continue. I had a fantastic time teaching at CTYI this summer and I am very excited about continuing this work. Please call me on 086 6082250 to reserve a place."

The first 1 ½ hours will be work on creating theatre. Topics covered will include; improvisation using a range of theatre games, character building through animal work, image work (costumes and props) and the imaginary body. Group devising, puppetry, voice work, the actor’s body, chorus work, creating a sound scape for theatre and mime.

The second 1 ½ hours will be based on developing and structuring the ideas created in the drama class. Also included in this part of the course will be basic playwriting skills, play reading skills and focus on creating dialogue through group work.

Term Dates:
Ages 8-12 - Starting, Sunday the 4th of October and running every other Sunday till the 13th of December (4th, 18th October/ 1st, 15th, 29th November/ 13th December)
Ages 13-18 starting Sunday the 11th of Oct and running every other Sunday till the 20th Dec 
(11th, 25th Oct./ 8th, 22nd Nov/ 6th,20th of Nov)
Cost: €180
Venue: DCU
Time: 11.00am -2.00pm
Contact Kelly Shatter
               Mobile: 086 6082250

Please note: There will be a max of 20 in the class so please get in touch soon if you are interested.

Camp Hollywood - Children's & Teenagers Filmmaking Camps

Based in South Co. Dublin, Camp Hollywood is a fun and creative course, designed to promote teamwork, self confidence and an all-round interest in film production, and acting, in a safe, fun environment with a professional team. Experienced actors teach students how to act, how to move, and how to speak to the camera! They also have the opportunity to write, produce and star in a short film with an award winning team.

"Improve confidence, communication and teamwork skills, while having lots of fun. Learn the art of acting for camera and star in a short film with an award-winning team. Improve your voice, accents and improvisation skills. Build trust in yourself and your character. Improve confidence, communication and teamwork skills."

Dr. Celine Mullins, Camp Hollywood Director, (I.B.S.D.A.D., B.A., Dip Stats, PhD) has been deeply immersed in the worlds of psychology, theatre and film, as an actress, and as a producer. Her Phd project focused on children and teenagers with ADHD, so she has a great understanding of children with special educational needs. To enquire about any of Camp Hollywood's courses please email info@a4b.ie.com

Wicklow School of Music & Drama

The Wicklow School of Music & Drama opened in October 2000 and offers tuition in Voice, Piano, Guitar, Violin, Keyboard and many group classes for adults and children alike. The Speech and Drama Department was created in 2002. These courses bring out the children's unique talents and encourage them to create their own productions for the end-of-term performances. Today the WSM&D has access to an in-house stage for recitals and theatre productions.

"We place a strong emphasis on performance and students are encouraged to become proficient in the art of performing at every available opportunity. End-of-term concerts give students the opportunity to display their skills in an informal environment. WSM&D offers a range of extra-curricula events such as soloist master classes; and invites specialists in theatre production and stage craft to participate in our drama courses. "

Kerry Anderson, the School's Director, trained in Eurhythmics (Dalcroze method of teaching music using movement) and also has specialised training in Kodaly for very young children. She has a wealth of experience in teaching children of all ages. To book a place please telephone the School on 0404 42244 or email: info@wicklowmusicdrama.com





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