DLI Summer School 2020

Saturday July 25 - Saturday 1 August 2020

University of Limerick

This is the 55th DLI Summer School and we return again to the beautiful and peaceful campus of the University of Limerick, situated five miles from Limerick City in a spectacular park on the banks of the River Shannon. The campus is ideally situated for bus and rail travel connections within Ireland and Shannon Airport is only a short distance away.

Living accommodation is provided in attractive village-style 5/6 bedroom apartments, each with ensuite facilities. All apartments have a comfortable living-room/fully fitted kitchen. There will be a full social programme for the week centred in The Stables where everyone can meet and mingle each evening.

Our team of Willie O'Brien, Ollie Kenny, Christine O'Brien and Elaine McLoughlin are looking forward to welcoming old and new participants to Limerick. This is the latest line-up:

Course A Belinda Wild's class:The Actor's Toolkit : An introduction to the creative art of acting designed for new actors and directors, or anyone who would like to revisit and consolidate their core theatre skills.

Through practical workshops, this course provides a dynamic and imaginative approach to Theatre Training in an atmosphere which is relaxed, supportive and fun.

Beginning with classic Theatre Games and improvisation exercises to encourage a sense of play, students will embark on a journey of exploration which will include voice and movement work, characterisation, physical theatre, script study, truthful delivery, stage craft and audience engagement.

Whilst referencing inspirational theatre practitioners, in particular; Stanislavski, Grotowski, Jacques Lecoq and Shakespeare, this course aims to enable each participant to develop their own unique creative voice, as well as experiencing the delight of making live theatre within an ensemble.

Course B Geoff O'Keeffe 's class Dare to Dream - Dare to Direct.

For those with little or no experience who wish to immerse themselves into the world of directing, to those with some plays under their belt who wish to find new ways of working, this hands-on practical workshop allows you to consider the various elements of a director’s practice. During the week we will negotiate the text, and develop scenes that have clarity, vision and truth. Techniques will be demonstrated, giving participants an up-close insight of how a working director might bring the page to the stage. Learning will be active with participants having the opportunity to direct work over the course of the week and within a supportive and nurturing environment we will evaluate, consider and reflect. While the course concentrates on the director’s creative response to the work with a company of actors, we will also look at the practical areas that a director needs to consider.

Course C Aaron Monaghan's class is for actors with some experience. (This course is provisional, depending on Aaron's acting commitments for 2020).

Course D Wayne Jordan will be working with experienced directors.

Course E Peter McAllister's course Scenes from An Ideal Husband and Lady Windermere's Fan. Oscar Wilde was an Irishman living in London. Just before he was put on trial and sent to prison, he wrote four society comedies in which he satirised the British upper classes, their ideas about morality and manners, and their obsession with status, power and privilege. In a post-Brexit landscape, he has much to say about those who govern over Britain today.

In this course for experienced actors, we will look at scenes from two of his plays - An Ideal Husband and Lady Windermere’s Fan - in which he anatomises the Victorian idea of marriage and the enormous social pressures placed on men and women. Using a combination of Stanislavskian active analysis and improvisation, we will develop the characters and their relationships while working on scenes in pairs as in a professional acting studio.

Course F Ciarán McCauley's class And Then You Act! will concentrate on Movement and Physical Theatre. All theatre is physical, at the very least the actor has to walk on stage but, HOW do they move? In this course we will explore and investigate the fundamentals of movement on stage. We will ask many questions and look to ourselves for answers. the course will take you on a journey of self-discovery and personal development in your role as Interpretative Artist. We will also have space for attention to voice, with an introduction to a range of warm-up routines and exercises to develop breath control and strength for projection and clarity. The course will be vigorous and by its very nature physical. The emphasis will be on doing, but in an atmosphere which is nurturing and rewarding.

Course G Pius McGrath is Asst Technical Manager at University Concert Hall ,UL, and his course will focus on Lighting and Sound.

Further information on course content will be available soon!

Fees for 2020 are as follow:

Residential: DLI Members €490 Non-members €570

Non-Residential: DLI Members €275 Non-members €320

Enquiries to Willie O'Brien:

087 2326259


If you are considering attending Summer School this year, why not contact your local County Council Arts Office to check if they are offering bursaries?

Each year, a number of Summer School participants receive a full or partial bursary towards their costs.

You will find a list of Arts Officers on: