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DLI Outreach Summer School 2020 UPDATES

7th Oct 2020

DLI Summer School Outreach Programme 2020.

This is certainly an anxious time for all in our community, as restrictions change with each update to control the spread of COVID-19.

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 DLI was 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 was very welcome and the funding of €5,000 is certainly being put to good use.

Plans were drawn up by Willie O’Brien, Summer School Director, and team, (Ollie Kenny, Christine O'Brien, Elaine McLoughlin) with support from Valerie McGuile, to present an ‘Outreach DLI Summer School Programme‘. This has been a blended learning approach, a mixture of online and in-person theatre training around the country and adhered to Public Health Guidance for COVID-19:

  • 5th July Drama with Aaron Monaghan, hosted by Ballyshannon Drama Society

  • 26th July Virtual Voice Masterclass on Zoom, with Andrea Aisworth, organised by John Lennon

  • 8th August Physical Theatre with Tutors Declan Drohan & Ciaran McCauley, hosted by Ballina Dramatic Society

  • 15th August Drama with Tutor Thomas Conway, hosted by Corofin Dramatic Society

  • 15th August Drama with Aaron Monaghan, hosted by Blue Hat Productions, Cork

  • 26th September Drama with Padraic McIntyre, hosted by Navan Theatre Group

  • October 2020 Acting with Geoff O'Keeffe, DLR Mill Theatre, Dundrum, Dublin 16 Workshop cancelled following current Covid-19 guidelines.

  • 11th October 'Get Your Shakespeare On' with Geoff O'Keeffe, hosted by Offaly Drama Project Workshop cancelled following current Covid-19 guidelines.

    **To book, please email **

Fee: €20 DLI Group and Individual Members| €25 Non Members Please note Fee is non-refundable. Fee is payable in advance, details of how to pay will be given when booking form is received. Participants should provide their own lunch and water. Sanitiser will be provided. Please bring your own mask if needed. A COVID-19 Questionnaire will need to be filled out in advance of the workshop.

DLI would particularly like to acknowledge the support for amateur drama given by Minister Josepha Madigan. We look forward to meeting and working with Minister Catherine Martin to promote amateur drama.

Here’s to keeping the spark alive!

Joanne Keane.

DLI Chairperson.