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Loughlin Deegan, Patrick Martins and Joy Nesbitt at the Anti-Racism Policy Launch, 15 February 2023. Photo: Mark Stedman.
This month has been short but sweet. Lir graduates Patrick Martins and Joy Nesbitt launched our Anti-Racism policy on 15 February. This policy has been in the works for a number of years and we are delighted to have progressed to the next phase in becoming an anti-racist organisation. We had a great run of Bulrusher by Eisa Davis which closed on 16 February. Now we're looking forward to March: our next production of the academic year 4.48 Psychosis opens on 24 March. We are running two free courses this March, the Nexo Course course for practising sound technicians and designers AV-1 training his Wednesday and Thursday, and an ETC course on LED Lighting on 28 March. We have extended the deadline for our Stage Management and Technical Theatre course, and we're now accepting applications to our MFA courses. Below are also details of our upcoming short courses.  

Stage Management and Technical Theatre 

Closing date 1 July 2023

Bachelor in Stage Management and Technical Theatre Deadline Extended

Study Stage Management and Technical Theatre at the Lir Academy to develop the skill set and experience required for a career backstage in theatre, events, TV, and film. Enjoy getting hands on experience in this three year full time degree course at The Lir. Applications are made directly to The Lir, and are processed outside of the CAO points system. 


MFAs in Playwriting, Theatre Directing and Stage Design
Applications Now Open: Initial closing date 31 March 2023

The Master in Fine Art Playwriting, Theatre Directing and Stage Design programmes are now accepting applications. These courses are designed to give students the skills they need to pursue a career in the professional theatre and related industries. The initial deadline is 31 March, early application advisable as places will be offered after that date. The final deadline is 30 June.

MFA Virtual Open Evening
28 March 2023

Interested in studying for an MFA at The Lir? Join our open evening to ask us any questions that you might have on admissions, course content, bursary and scholarship opportunities, and life at The Lir. 

4.48 Psychosis

By Sarah Kane
Preview: 7.30pm, Fri 24 March
Opening Night: 7.30pm, Sat 25 March
Run: 7.30pm, Mon 27 - Thurs 30 March
Matinee: 1pm, Tue 28 March

4.48 Psychosis is an in-depth and viscerally honest look at the experience of major depressive disorder. As a choreopoem, a form of performative writing, there are no specific characters, but rather a multitude of voices. It could be interpreted as a journey through one person's mind, or an interview between a doctor and patient. With no strict narrative or timeline, certain themes are clearly dealt with – depression, isolation, dependency. There are also themes of relationships, love, and hope.

Short courses

We are introducing two new courses Audiobook Narration and Voice Over Acting for actors and performers looking to up-skill. We are now taking bookings for courses happening in May including Musical Theatre, Introduction to Playwriting, Introduction to Dance, The Art of Screenwriting, and Intermediate Acting. During March we have very limited places for Physical Theatre left. More information from our short course programme below, and you can find a full list of courses on our website. 
Audiobook Narration
Starting: 4 May 2023

This ten-week online course will use the focus of the voice to explore why and how an audience remains engaged when listening to an audiobook. 
Introduction to Voice Over Acting
Taking Place: 6 + 7 May 2023

Facilitated by Al Doyle, one of the UK’s most in demand voice-over performers, this workshop will cover the core skills required to pursue a career in voice-over work in TV, Radio, Documentaries, Cartoons, Gaming and Audiobooks.

Intermediate Acting
Starting: 24 July 2023

This week long course, a continuation from the Introduction to Acting course, will concentrate on working with a director on the study of characters and individual scenes from a number of contemporary plays. 


Become a Friend of the Lir

Support us, support our students by becoming a Friend of the Lir. By joining as a Friend of the Lir you will be supporting young artists and creative professionals as they hone their craft in our Acting, and Stage Management & Technical Theatre degree courses. You will also be supporting our access and outreach work in the community and helping us attract more and more young people from diverse backgrounds into the arts. Now more than ever, young people in the arts need your support. 

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