Friday, November 27, 2009

Inside the Actors' Studio

Inside the Actors' Studio is a US TV programme in which a guy called James Lipton conducts in-depth interviews with actors of note. The wikipedia description of the show, containing a list of all those interviewed is here.

The interviews are about 50 minutes long and, although I've only seen a few of them, are fascinating because they go into significant depth about the craft of acting, preparation for roles and so on.

Here's a link to a YouTube clip of a section of an interview with Jodie Foster. I picked Jodie Foster because ... erm ... (blush) ... I ... erm ... think she's great!

If your appetite has been whetted, here's how you find more: click on this link - sham420 - and scroll down the right hand side of the page. There are loads of great actors here (and then there's Sylvester Stallone!)

I'm going to pick out a few over the next while and I'll link them directly to the Irish Board's You Tube Channel which, if you haven't visited it yet, is here

Friday, November 20, 2009

Irish Board's Library

We have a pretty good library, you know.

Over 550 books including 150 poetry books and 130 drama books.

Also books on acting, costume, make-up, drama games, improvisation, mime, production/direction, public speaking, drama teaching, theatre, the voice and so on.

Here's the catalogue: IBSD Library Catalogue, November 2009

While we don't lend, visitors and bowsers are more than welcome. Just call first (01-2164279 or 086-8232317) to make sure we'll be there and that we have some biscuits in.

The Irish Board Offices are at D11 Nutgrove Office Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14. Lots of parking nearby.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Another Drama Teaching Resource site

The indefatigable Mary Moore has found another drama teaching resource site.

It's here:

I've signed up for the newletter so I'll review that in a few weeks. In the meantime, have a browse and see what you come up with.

Any suggestions for other sites to feature are most welcome. Please email me at


Friday, November 6, 2009

Musical Theatre Backing Tracks

We get quite a few queries about where to get backing tracks for musical theatre numbers.

Here's a few sources:

If you have iTunes, visit the iTunes store and browse around. Tracks are 99cent or so.

Other places to visit: