Monday, September 5, 2011

See you on

We've launched a brand new website at which incorporates a news section and a resources blog, together with links to our Facebook and YouTube pages and our Twitter feed. So there's no longer any need for a separate resources blog here.

Please join us on, bookmark it and visit us throughout the year for updates and useful information.

See you there.


David Meredith

Friday, July 22, 2011

Stand Up and Be Heard

Sorry. It's been a while. Busy year!

Interesting review from the Irish Times of a voice workshop in the Abbey Theatre:


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Sets Available (FREE)

A TV company has 2 portable sets available to anyone who wants them - for FREE.

The sets are made from a very light, spring-loaded wire frame which supports magnetic sheets on the front onto which a graphic is printed (should new owners of these sets wish to print new facades the company which supplied them will do that (Applied Signs Ltd.)

Each set is about 5 metres wide and about 2 metres high. They come in two heavy duty custom made wheel-able cases and there are two full sets available.

If you're interested in one or two of them, please email me or give me a ring at the Irish Board. First come first served.

Here are some pics:

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


TEACHER WANTED (Musical Theatre and Singing) pretty well immediately: Saturdays, Blessington, Co Wicklow, 11.30am-1pm. Please contact us (01-2164270 or with your details and we'll pass them on.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Mower by Philip Larkin

The Mower
by Philip Larkin

The mower stalled, twice; kneeling, I found  
A hedgehog jammed up against the blades,  
Killed. It had been in the long grass.

I had seen it before, and even fed it, once.  
Now I had mauled its unobtrusive world  
Unmendably. Burial was no help:

Next morning I got up and it did not.
The first day after a death, the new absence  
Is always the same; we should be careful

Of each other, we should be kind  
While there is still time.

The final two and a half lines of this poem were quoted by Joseph O'Connor in the Irish Times yesterday. Seems to me to be a pretty good New Year's wish.

Monday, December 13, 2010

A FREE Play!!

Yep. That's right. A free play.

Carmel McKiernan, a speech and drama teacher in Trim, Co Meath, very kindly sent me a copy of this play and suggested that I make it available to speech and drama teachers looking for a suitable play for teenagers.

Here's an extract from her email to me:

'My students performed in their November showcase last week which was a great success.  One of the pieces which was performed on the night was a short scene called Think Twice.  I had written this a while back and thought it would be an excellent piece for my older students (i.e. over 12s) to perform on stage. The piece is mainly about a group of teenagers who have been out at a party and foolishly take a lift home with another teenager who had also been drinking.

'My students gave a wonderful portrayal of these characters and it evoked so many thoughts and discussions throughout the rehearsal process.  The parents and also my younger students who watched the scene on the night were overwhelmed with sadness at the end of the play.  The cast got a standing ovation.  The teenage drink culture is pretty terrifying these days, hopefully planting little seeds like this in the minds of students may help to change their perception of drinking at such a young age.'

Thank you Carmel!

And here it is: Think Twice by Carmel McKiernan