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Welcome to PlayActing!

Geraldine O'Brien, director and teacher

Your tutor: Geraldine O'Brien, B.Sc., M.Sc., M.A. (Theatre), H.Dip.Ed., L.I.B.S.D.,
Laban Dance and Movement Facilitator  

September 2016 NEWS!

Classes resume in the Mill Community Centre, Celbridge on Thursday, September 8th,

Saturday, September 10th and Monday, September 12 respv.

Classes resume in Straffan Community Hall, Straffan on Wednesday, September 14.

The Power of Speech & Drama Classes

My classes are designed to improve speech, fluency and self-expression through drama and theatre-making.  Theatre-making requires team-work, trust, creativity, ensemble unity, perseverance, and good communication skills. These skills are built within a class over time in a safe space which is fun-filled and spirited! 

Individuals gradually develop confidence through participation in class and eventually through sharing class-work with family and friends at ‘look-in sessions’ throughout the year. Over the course of a term, class work is structured to develop theatre skills in a progressive manner with each short term goal building to the next one. 

Each class has a theme which is explored using a variety of creative tools and stimuli. The tools include: improvisation, mime and movement, devising, puppetry, characterisation, theatre games and exercises, and lastly, public speaking and debating.  The stimuli include: script, prose, poetry, music, songs, costume, props, images, stories, myths, news items, and our lives!

A typical class includes:

  • Speech, Breathing, and Relaxation Exercises
  • Ensemble games and exercises
  • Mime/Movement to Music
  • Poetry and Script work
  • Devising, Improvising and Story telling
  • Irish Board of Speech and Drama Examination or Festival Preparation

 Geraldine O'Brien is grateful for the many bursaries and grants from 

Kildare County Council Arts Service

Kildare County Council


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