The Playwright Challenge ~ The Playwright Challenge is a regular program of the Tir-na-nOg Theatre School’s yearly cycle, intended for registered students. The Playwright Challenge is not a competition, but rather a collaborative celebration of the live theatre work of children. It is hoped that the submitted play will be the unassisted, original work of the student, springing from the natural desire of the child. Our intent is to offer the young people in the Theatre School an opportunity to express their imaginations through this medium, in their own unique way. The play can be any length, style or format, depending on the child’s idea. After the plays have been handed in, we meet together with the children through May and June to read the plays, discuss plans, and possible hurdles, for the productions on the Tir-na-nOg stage. These usually take place as a completion to the Youth Festival of Plays. The young playwrights support each other as actors, backstage supporters and directors, if they so wish, and sometimes invite their friends to help, where it seems appropriate. To register, pick up a registration form at Tir-na-nOg (or email us) and return the completed form by January 21st, The play need to be handed in by April 21st. The Playwright Jam performance takes place in June 2018.
Winter’s Blast 2017-18
A mixed-age intensive project. An original play by Tir-na-nOg Theatre titled, ‘Before, Between and Beckoning’, with song, dance and movement in the mix. Performances take place on the weekend of March 9, 10, 11 with a follow-up class on March 15. Students have the option of continuing in the Spring term with a new project.
Tir-na-nOg’s Youth Festival of Plays 2018 ~ May 26 to June 30
Recognizing that experience is the real teacher, we have organized the annual Youth Festival of Plays so that each student has the opportunity to test and temper skills learned during the course of the year in the fire of live performance before community and school audiences.
S.A.V.I. Program ~ Students have the opportunity to support a production (other than their own) in the annual Youth Festival of Plays, either on or off stage.
The Summer Stage Intensive 2018 this year runs from August 17 through September 2nd, with weekday afternoon classes 1.30 – 4.30. Performances take place over the Labour Day weekend. For 2017-18 registered students there is no charge, as this course is included in the yearly membership fee. For newcomers the fee is $200. The project this year is ‘The Bromeliad’ a play based on the trilogy ‘Truckers, Diggers and Wings’ by Terry Pratchett.
Annual Yuletide Story Feast 2018 ~ weekend of December 8th and 9th ~ Involving most of the students in the Theatre School, this seasonal, informal, in-house event (including a silent auction and potluck tea) presents a play performed by students of all ages.
Tir-na-nOg Repertory Company ~ Tuesdays (Autumn Term only) 7.00 – 9.00 Grades 9 – 12 (14 – 19 years) A single term course focused on a chosen play to be performed.
Tir-na-nOg Alumni Company ~ This hard-working group of dedicated actors has brought many polished and delightful productions to the Bowen Community.
Foundation ~ A supplementary class to support young actors and enrich theatrical experience together with an introduction to Laban movement. No extra fee.
Play Quests are enjoyable, exciting and discrete events during which students build a play together for performance the same day.
Internship Journey ~ Customized for the individual (by interview)
Play Reading Evenings ~ Please contact us to be placed on the invitation list. Random Friday evenings.
Enrichment ~ Exploring works of stage and film. Please contact us if you are interested in participating in these evenings. Random Friday evenings.
Coaching Centre ~ Please enquire for details.