DLI Outreach Summer School 2020

26th Jun 2020

DLI Summer School Outreach Programme.

Drama League of Ireland CLG (DLI) is delighted to be on the funding allocation list for the Small Scale Local Festivals and Summer Schools Scheme. The news of this grant from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht is very welcome and the funding of €5,000 will certainly be put to good use.

The amateur drama community is one which adds a wealth of culture and creativity to the country. It is vital the connections are kept alive to help foster wellbeing and get through this crisis.

Due to health and safety restrictions imposed to protect people from Covid-19 the 55th DLI Summer School could not go ahead in its traditional format but now all is not lost! Plans are afoot by Willie O’Brien, Summer School Director, and team, to present an ‘Outreach DLI Summer School Programme‘. This will be a blended learning approach, a mixture of online and in-person theatre training around the country, starting with a workshop on 5th July in Ballyshannon with Tutor Aaron Monaghan organised by Rachel O’Connor, followed by a Virtual Voice Masterclass on Zoom with Tutor Andrea Ainsworth on 26th July organised by John Lennon. There are more to come over the summer, the format depending on Covid-19 conditions and guidelines.

DLI would particularly like to acknowledge the support for amateur drama given by Minister Josepha Madigan.

Here’s to keeping the spark alive!

Joanne Keane.

DLI Chairperson.