Category Archives: Workshop

Workshop – 22/10/2019

We are so excited to announce that tomorrow’s workshop will be facilitated by the legend that is Ciaran Treanor.

“This workshop looks to explore physical theatre as a form of storytelling. Conveying a story using our bodies and expressions can lead to a compelling viewing experience for an audience. One which is not restricted by any language barriers. We will be looking at creating physical theatre together and some of the tools that can help us in doing so.”

Ciaran Treanor has been involved in theatre and No Drama for the last four and half years. He has performed in two main productions; ‘The Trial’ and ‘And There Were None’. He has also acted in shows by At Large Theatre and performed with the company in the Edinburgh Fringe festival. In 2017, he co-founded Gorgeous Theatre who produced three full length productions, of which he directed ‘June’ and ‘Somewhere Else’. Most recently he took on the role of Assistant Director for No Drama’s Summer production of ‘Kate Crackernuts’. 

Ciaran is a keen student of physicality and movement in performance, and the value it has in adding to the medium of theatre. 

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

€10 per workshop | €25 for the month | Free if it’s your first No Drama workshop

Workshop – 14/10/2019

A whole new week and we have a surprise for you!

Tomorrow’s workshop will be facilitated by the phenomenal Bryan Burroughs!

“For this evening we will build on the work from the previous workshop by examining two pieces of text from different playwrights with different physical challenges in each and explore how we might tackle them in professional rehearsal.

No previous experience required and I will bring the scenes with me. We will only work on short sections but the aim will be that everyone gets a go and can immediately put practical techniques we work on to use in their other scene work.”

Bryan trained at the Samuel Beckett Centre at Trinity College Dublin.

Noteworthy performances include My Foot/My Tutor with Articulate Anatomy (Best Male Performance at Dublin Fringe Festival 2004),Barabbas Theatre Company’s Johnny Patterson : The Singing Irish Clown ( Irish Times Theatre Award Best Supporting Actor 2009) and regularly performs his one man show Beowulf : The Blockbuster which originated as a Show In A Bag and has toured Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France, Australia, New York and was the number one success of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014 winning the STAGE Award for Acting Excellence.

Other notable productions include Act Without Words 2 by Samuel Beckett for Company SJ which most recently performed at the Barbican in London and the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris. He also regularly performs in a two hander adaptation of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol with Aaron Monaghan which returned to The Ark for Christmas 2016 and tours annually. He played Quasimodo in Angela’s Ashes : The Musical in 2017 & 2019 and Lenehan in the returning production of James Joyce’s ULYSSES at The Abbey Theatre in an adaptation by Dermot Bolger and directed by Graham McLaren in Oct 2017 & July 2018

As director Bryan has directed Fight Night and The Games People Play and for RISE productions written by Gavin Kostick which won Best Actor and the Bewleys Little Gem Award at Dublin Fringe 2010 and Best New Play at the Irish Times Theatre Awards 2013 respectively.

As Movement Director recent productions include Druid’s Beauty Queen of Leenane, Umbrella’s Glowworm, Fishamble’s Inside The GPO, Yew Tree’s Alone It Stands, Pat Moylan’s Stones In His Pockets, Tarry Flynn, The Skriker at the Lir Academy, BrokenCrow’s Levin & Levin, at the Abbey Fool For Love, The Wake and for Second Age Hamlet and Macbeth

For RTE Bryan has appeared on RTE Jr’s The Beo Show teaching drama to young children, written four short stories for the Tell Me A Story series, written and performed a Christmas short story for the Cór Na Nóg Christmas Concert and directed Fight Night for RTE’s Radio Drama season

Bryan also teaches physical theatre at The Lir Academy of Dramatic Art in association with RADA.

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

€10 per workshop | €25 for the month | Free if it’s your first No Drama workshop

Workshop – 08/10/2019

We are super delighted to announce that tonight’s workshop will be facilitated by Gráinne Curistan.

Gráinne Curistan is the founder and artistic director of At Large Theatre Company, and has written, performed and directed for theatre for the past 15 years. In the last few years Gráinne has become increasingly interested in movement and its importance in theatre and was delighted to get the opportunity to focus on it as part of her M.Phil in Theatre and performance which she graduated from this year.

In this week’s workshop Gráinne will be looking at precision and image creation in movement and development of short movement based performances.

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

€10 per workshop | €25 for the month | Free if it’s your first No Drama workshop

Workshop – 01/10/2019

Another month, another theme for you to sink your theatrical teeth into.

In October, we will be working on “understanding physicality in theatre and putting it into practice”.

Our first fantabulous facilitator is none other than the director of of Summer production ‘Kate Crackernuts’, Kate Cosgrave.

“This workshop aims to make your movements POP!

We’ll be looking at deliberateness in movement, the balance between motion and stillness, and using precision in “simple” actions, building towards a goal of clean, crisp and confident presentation.

Please dress comfortably!”

Kate Cosgrave is a many-year No Drama veteran who’s had the privilege to act in the group’s productions of Five WomenHarvey and And Then There Were None, to assistant direct She Kills Monsters, and most recently to direct its production of Kate Crackernuts.

A love of physical exploration was what grabbed her and held her in theatre from her very first performance, Five Women. Through this co-production she came into contact with At Large Theatre and their series of physical theatre workshops, which opened further opportunities to write, direct and practice interesting theatre, learning from and with incredible people along the way. She’s fascinated with rhythm, patterns, tension and definition.

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

€10 per workshop | €25 for the month | Free if it’s your first No Drama workshop

(Headshot by Shane Robinson)

Workshop – 24/09/2019

3rd workshop of the month tomorrow and we are delighted to announce that the workshop is to be facilitated by none other than No Drama legend, Dave McGowan.

“We’re going to continue examining ‘creating a character’. First by going through some basics/refreshers of the elements of character. Then we’ll use scripts and look at working on our scripts for character information and clues. Hopefully you’ll come out with some tools for your toolbox.  But at the very least, we’ll have some fun!”

Dave McGowan has been hooked on theatre ever since taking part in a production of Terry Pratchett’s ‘Wyrd Sisters’ nearly 20 years ago.

Having been involved with No Drama since it began back in 2008, he has been involved in most productions in some capacity, including directing the No Drama production of ‘She Kills Monsters’ in 2018.

As an actor in No Drama he’s performed as Tom Skidmeyer in ‘Night At The Invasion’ (2009), Dr. Sanderson in ‘Harvey’ (2015) and as the Headless Sheep in ‘Kate Crackernuts’ (2019).

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

€10 per workshop | €25 for the month | Free if it’s your first No Drama workshop

(Headshot by Shane Robinson)

Workshop – 17/09/2019

We are pleased to welcome back Siobhán ‘Shivvy’ Hickey as this week’s facilitator.

Continuing our September theme of “Developing and becoming a character”, Siobhán will give some insight into the topic by using character development exercises based on her own experiences as an actor, a director, and a stand up.

Siobhan is a writer/actor who has been involved with No Drama Theatre for over 10 years.

Throughout her time with the group, she has performed in various No Drama main productions in a variety of different roles and taken part numerous times in the now well established No Drama Monologue Nights (now known as the No Drama Bring your Own Nights).

As well as performing onstage, Siobhan has also directed (‘Closer’ by Patrick Marber) and produced (including the sell out run of ‘Harvey’ by Mary Chase).

Most recently, she performed her one woman stand up show ‘Dear Diary… and other notions of a romantic nature’ as part of Dublin’s newly established free fringe festival, Frayed.

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

€10 per workshop | €25 for the month | Free if it’s your first No Drama workshop

Workshop – 10/09/2019

And after the Summer break, we are back!

The theme for September’s workshops is “developing and becoming a character” and who better to lead us in the first workshop of the theme but Mr. Shane Robinson!

This workshop will be an outline of Shane’s approach to character and the several techniques he implements when working with a text.

Shane Robinson is an award winning professional actor and director who has been attached to No Drama since 2008. He’s trained in the Gaiety School of Acting and the programme for screen acting in Bow St.

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

€10 per workshop | €25 for the month | Free if it’s your first No Drama workshop

All Stars Workshop – 25/06/2019

And so here it is, the final workshop of the No Drama season (not the last one ever though! We’re not cruel!) takes place today!

And is is tradition, we shall be holding the All Star workshop where various facilitators will take you on a magical theatrical journey.

And afterwards all workshop attendees are invited to Anseo for drinks and to celebrate another fantabulous term of workshops!

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

Workshop – 18/06/2019

Guys! It’s here the penultimate No Drama workshop pre Summer break!

So you only have 2 more chances to get a workshop in! This makes us sad but we assure you that we insanely good ones in store for you.

With that in mind, tomorrow’s workshop is to be facilitated by sensational Theo Dennisson.

“We will experiment with the foundations of a theatrical scene: Listening, communication, trust, sensing your environment and, finally, we will explore status on stage. That will lead us into exploring a darker side of theatre, master and slave.”

Theo Dennisson has been experimenting with theatre, improv, tango shows, music and stand-up comedy since 2004.

Theo studied method acting and improv at the Epi Kolono theatre in Athens (2009-2011). His acting experience includes playing Michael in Karolyi Sakoni’s “We now interrupt our programme due to technical reasons” (2004) and Mr Sirelli in “Right you are (if you think so) by Luigi Pirandello (2005).

Theo directed and played the assasin in Sergi Belbel’s “Morir” (2006) and also held 3 out of 9 roles (magician, Santa Claus, priest) in 2011’s Epi Kolono theatre’s original script production (2001).

In 2011 Theo was an actor and lead singer in “you are what you do” (international street theatre production, Linz, Austria, 2011).

In 2015 he worked on lights in “Harold and Maude” (Collin Higgins) with InPlayers Amsterdam and most recently played Liberty Valance in “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” with No Drama Theatre in 2019.

Theo been doing stand-up comedy in Dublin since 2017.

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

€10 per workshop | €25 for the month | Free if it’s your first No Drama workshop

Workshop – 11/06/2019

For this week’s workshop we are beyond excited to welcome back the undeniably talented Tamryn Reinecke as workshop facilitator!

Tamryn’s workshop will be focus on using improv and play to help find authenticity in character development. The class will focus on the fundamentals of improv as a tool for listening, reacting truthfully and doubling down on emotion to find truth within your character work. 

Tamryn Reinecke is a filmmaker and actor who has been an affiliate of No Drama Theatre for over 5 years. She runs an indie film production house, Pale Rebel Productions, where she focuses on creating original content including a number of award winning short films. As well as this Tamryn is an experienced improviser; she regularly performs at The Tightrope and is a member of MOB Theatre Dublin where you can see her perform every Thursday night in Wigwam.

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

€10 per workshop | €25 for the month | Free if it’s your first No Drama workshop