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Education and Outreach

We offer free drama workshops, and drama programmes, to schools, youth clubs, and youth projects around Newbridge and County Kildare. These projects aim to engage young people in embodied learning – using drama collaboratively to express themselves and reach a deeper understanding of the world around them. There are three types of programmes: Adúntas, Éalú and TY Drama.

Adúntas is for any group of young people who might develop confidence and positive self-esteem through participation in drama over the course of the year. The aim of the programme is to:

·        increase self-esteem and confidence

·        build social skills

·        develop life skills experienced in drama (decision-making, dealing with impulses, collaboration, etc)

·        express themselves and their ideas

·        feel safe

·        develop positive self-image

·        learn about channelling impulses and disciplining energy.

 

Adúntas is Gaeilge for that feeling we all get when entering a new space or joining a new group of people – sometimes it’s apprehension and other times it’s curiosity and interest. The project will be facilitated by our team of international volunteers.

Éalú Project

Leaving Certificate, and Senior Cycle in general, can be a stressful time for young people. The Éalú project is designed to offer a once-a-week session for students in Senior Cycle to de-stress, to forget about external issues for a brief period, and to recharge in a new, collaborative environment that has nothing to do with academic ability or expectation.

The aim of the programme is to:

·        focus on collaborative tasks that release stress

·        encourage fun and laughter

·        develop life skills experienced in drama (decision-making, dealing with impulses, collaboration, etc)

·        develop skills of analysis, critique, collation, editing and other transferrable skills useful at Senior Cyle

·        express themselves and their ideas in creative ways

·        feel safe

·        escape into a non-academic arena for a short period.

Research shows that students who engaged in collaborative drama in their final year of secondary school manage to develop key cognitive abilities beyond normal levels, thus enhancing their capacities for the demands of Leaving Cert study. The Éalú project will use problem-posing drama activities, group tasks, timed creative exercises, and devising, to engage imagination, intellect and energy. During the session it is expected the students will be too engaged to worry about subjects and curriculum. It is actually very suited to students who have a lot on their plate with subjects and workload.

The project will be facilitated by our team of international volunteers.

TY Drama combines elements of each of the other two programmes. The programme can conclude with short in-school performances at the end of the year.

We also offer bespoke workshops on Shakespeare, Physical Theatre (Stage combat, Movement, Dance), and projects focused around staging a play.

Contact info[at]crookedhouse[dot]ie for further information or booking.

About Us

Crooked House is supported by Kildare County Council.