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Acting Friel: A Drama Summer School

Monday August 15, 2022
Brian (Sean Donegan)in An Grianán Theatre's production of Brian Friel's The Enemy Within, November 2021. Photo by Daithi Ramsay
Show Date & Time:
Monday August 15, 10:00am
Ticket Price:


Booking fee:


Running Time:

10am to 5pm Mon 15 to Fri 19 Aug

Special Info:
Over 18s only. all participants MUST be available full-time from 10am – 5 pm for all five days of the course (10am to’ late’ on the final day to allow for the end-of-course showcase.)

Inishowen-based professional actor Sean Donegan is offering a 5-day summer intensive acting training programme to enable you to grow and improve as a performer. The course is designed to be beneficial regardless of your level of prior experience, with exercises designed to be accessible for the beginner but also providing the opportunity for more experienced performers to practise and hone their skills.

Above: a look back at the Acting Friel summer school from August 2020.

During this summer school, Sean will be using techniques from his training to explore the writing of Brian Friel. The course will run full-time for five days, culminating in a public showcase on An Grianán’s stage.

Each participant will have one monologue and one duologue assigned to them from Friel’s writing. Through the week you will explore and rehearse these scenes, looking at techniques to create characters and to develop a deep connection with the text and for discovering the action of a scene. You will also work throughout the week as a theatre ensemble, developing a relaxed but energised presence on the stage and ways of connecting with and collaborating with your fellow actors. 

Participants must be over 18. Places will be given on a first-come, first-served basis so early booking is advised. Please note that all participants MUST be available full-time from 10am – 5 pm for all five days of the course (10am to’ late’ on the final day to allow for the end-of-course showcase.)

Sean Donegan trained as an actor at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and has performed and directed theatre in US, Germany, the UK and throughout Ireland. He has recently performed in A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the US and in An Grianan’s production of The Enemy Within, directed by Abbey Theatre Artistic Director Caitriona McLaughlin.

Sean ran the An Grianán Actors Studio from 2012 -2014. This project provided acting training for dozens of Letterkenny-based acting enthusiasts. Participants in the project appeared in many of the productions that Sean directed for An Grianán including The Good Doctor, On the Camel’s Hump, Twelfth Night, The Freedom of the City and Fiesta. 

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