Category Archives: Workshop


Hey there No Dramians,
we hope your Sunday is going well! While we are knee deep in the auditioning process for She Kills Monsters, we still have a rocking workshop coming for you this Tuesday!

Mr. Johnny Shortall, aka chairman of No Drama Theatre, will be delivering the goods this week, in a workshop entitled
“The Gift: Working with others on stage”.

We will be exploring the fundamental nature of taking and receiving ideas from our fellow actors, as well working as a collective towards a common goal. In addition to his workshop, he will be bringing another one of his infamous carousel variations: IRON MAN CAROUSEL! (we honestly have no clue what to expect).

If this is your first time visiting our workshop, we’ll start with giving you the gift of the free workshop. It’s on us!

Doors 6:45 | Workshop 7:00 (Sharp) | Synge Street CBS.

We look forward to seeing you there!


It is workshop time! And we have quite the workshop lined up for you this week! Former chairman, future main production director and all round swell chap Dave McGowan will be preparing us all for the upcoming production tryouts!

In the run up to auditions for She Kills Monsters, we’re going to have a little run through a couple of key aspects of the play:

– Monstering! 
– Combat!
– Scene Transitions!
– Comedy!
– Dungeons and Dragons!

So if your at all interested in starring in or doing back stage work for the upcoming Smock Alley show, we highly recommend you come down and learn the ropes from the master! And if your new this is the ideal time to come down and find out what this group is about from one of our most long standing and beloved members (you also get in for free, hurrah!)

Synge Street School CBS Tuesday 6th of March from 7 PM sharp! See you there!



This Tuesday we have a new facilitator for you! One that you may know from our past one act production, Five Kinds Of Silence.

The wonderful Martin Casey is going to put on the facilitators hat, and boy, does he have something for you!!

Freeing ourselves as actors.
This workshop will involve exploring the various obstacles that hinder our ability to perform at our best. By facing these various fears through a number of exercises and games, we will hopefully gain a better insight into how and why we tend to hold ourselves back.

A brilliant workshop for young and old, newbies and veterans!
Only new members get their first workshop for free 🙂

Doors 6:45 | Workshop 7:00 sharp | Synge Street CBS.


It is nearly Tuesday!

Which means another workshop is coming our way and our Head of Education, Renée van de Schoor, will facilitate tomorrow’s workshop.

In this workshop, we will be focussing on conflict.
Conflict! Huh! What is it good for, y’all? (Actually quite a lot)
As our very much-loved, Bernard Shaw once said: “No Conflict, No Drama”. Conflict is the basis of nearly all theatre and should therefore be researched.
So, what kinds of conflicts do we have and how does one deal with these?

Get your boxing shoes on; we will be fighting some demons along the way.

Door 6:45 | Workshop 7:00 sharp | Synge Street CBS.


Love is in the air, everywhere I look around!!
lts valentines week! And we found a facilitator who damn well knows what love is about!

Malcolm Bolton will be facilitating, this Tuesday, in a workshop about character relationships.

Strong relationships are the building blocks of great theatre. However, finding chemistry, and creating relationships that work on stage can prove to be challenging. The aim of this particular workshop is to learn how to create a convincing backstory for your character and how to develop that into a believable relationship on the stage. In particular, we will discuss the development of chemistry between actors and methods to “find” your character in parallel with a partner.

We look forward to seeing you there!
Your first workshop is free!

Door 6:45 | Workshop 7:00 sharp | Synge Street CBS.



Oh yes, looks like there’s another workshop Tuesday in the stars for you!

Tomorrows workshop will be facilitated by no other than Improv Maestro and No Drama Stalwart Dan McCormack !

In this workshop, we will be looking at the subject of “Long form Improv”. Sustaining a plot, character arcs, set ups and pacing. It’ll be a feedback driven, hands on workshop by one of the best in business, leading up to the next Craic House Comedy Event; Friday Night Live
(event details here: )

We’re looking forward to seeing you all there!
And if it’s your first time, you get in for free!

Synge Street CBS | Doors 6:45 | workshop 7.00 PM sharp


Hey there (No) Drama Lovers.

The weekend is nearly over, but that means we have a new workshop to look forward to! Only two days from now, the wonderful and artistic (I mean, look at that picture!!) Emma Gingerbreadman is going to be taking the facilitators chair.

‘’Consider stillness as empty time, into which a performance can be poured’’ – Anthony Howell

This Tuesday.
‘Living the still image: Body–vs-Object’.

We will explore stillness and silence, in an attempt to be truly present. Let us embrace the void as a creative space. One which we do not look at, so much as we look from within, experiencing it through moving, listening and touching.

For our new members, the first one is on us!
Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Synge Street CBS | Doors 6:45 | Workshop 7:00.


Oh hello Tuesday, fancy seeing you here!

It’s workshop time! And tonight’s workshop will be faciliated by No Drama Veteran John Fox.

After directing the farce “The Virtuous Burglar”, he decided to bring us into the world of comedy! Tonight we’ll focus on some comedy scripts and work towards perfoming these on stage.

We look forward to seeing you, Charlie Chaplins to be, there!
And if this is your first workshop, it’s on us, free as can be!

Doors 6:45 | Workshop 7 pm (SHARP) | Synge Street CBS.


Oh yes!! We’re back! And tonight’s workshop, will be facilitated by no other than our own Head of Education; Renée van de Schoor.

Every workshop is different.
Sometimes it is all about improvisation, sometimes it is all scripted work and sometimes you are working as a collective, trying to be the scariest six-headed monster you can be.

However, no matter what you do. You are always showing us a scene. A scene with a beginning, a middle and an end.

In this workshop “Building scenes in a closed dramaturgy”,
(A what? Closed dramaturgy? No worries, all will be
we are going to explore scenes, how these are build up and how we communicate where, who and what we are to our audience. From installing a space, to introducing a conflict.
From a closed dramaturgy to a clear beginning, middle and end.

Back to the basics, with Scene Building 101.

So please come one and all to hallowed halls of Synge Street CBS. And if you’re new, we’d like to offer you your first workhsop for free!

We’re looking forward to seeing you all there!

Doors 6:45 | Workshop 7pm (SHARP) | Synge Street CBS.

Important Announcement:
Please note that our workshops will now start at 7.00 PM SHARP. No entry will be allowed for members arriving after 7.15 PM at the very latest, arrive any later than this and you will be turned away. We apologize if this is disruptive to your usual schedule.



Awwwww we can’t believe it either but it’s true. Tomorrow, the 4th of December, sees our workshop term come to an end. But we intend on going out in style!

Johnny Shortall will be leading us through an examination of story and narrative: what compels us to create stories for people’s pleasure? How do we build a cohesive and compelling one? Which kind of a structure should we employ to get the most out of it? All these questions and more will be explained and explored with more than a twinge of the festive in the mix!

So please come one and all to hallowed halls of Synge Street CBS for what will be a cracking send off to the workshop calendar. And if you have never attended a workshop before, your first workshop is free!!!

Actually you know what? Seeing as its officially Christmas everyone gets in for free! THAT’S RIGHT, YOU GET A FREE WORKSHOP! AND YOU GET A FREE WORKSHOP! EVERYBODY GETS A FREE WORKSHOP!!

We’re looking forward to seeing you all there!

Doors 6:45 | Workshop 7pm | Synge Street CBS