Acting the Text workshop

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March 20, 2014 by Smock Alley

We’re thrilled to hear that Aaron Monaghan is running a workshop. This is a great opportunity to work with our pal Aaron but also to network with Creatives and actors. Here are the details:

Acting the Text
With Aaron Monaghan

Time and Location
Saturday and Sunday, 29th & 30th March: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Dublin City Centre.

This two-day workshop will include an introduction to Text Analysis, as well as exploring the various Acting Techniques with which performers can approach a multitude of scripts.
Through a range of detailed and imaginative exercises, performers will learn how to give a close, forensic examination of various scripts, how to decide on a specific approach to Acting the Text, and work on various methods of Performing the Play.

The workshop will cover a wide-range of differing scripts, from Contemporary Plays to Classics, from Abstract to Realist pieces.

 Participants will explore:

–          How to fully read, examine and open-up each text.

–          How to decide on a technique to play the different scenes.

–          Finally, the participants will perform the texts in a Scene Study.
Where possible, all necessary texts will be sent to participants in advance of the workshop, and hard-copies will be available on the day.
This is an excellent opportunity to have a hands on working experience with one of Ireland’s most renowned actors, as well as providing networking opportunity to meet with other actors and creatives.


There will be a total of 13 hours tuition time over the entire weekend.

There will be a lunch-break of an hour each day, and a 45-minute question and answer session and the end of the second day to allow participants to engage further with Aaron and discuss any aspect of the work explored over the weekend.

To apply for the workshop please email

About Aaron
Aaron is one of the best known actors working in Ireland today.
Since having trained at the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College and the British American Drama Academy at Oxford University, he has performed to high critical acclaim both Nationally and Internationally, mostly with the prestigious Abbey Theatre Dublin, or with the world-renowned Druid Theatre Company. Most recently he performed at the Royal Court Theatre, London and has just finished touring in Druid’s highly-acclaimed The Colleen Bawn.


He has toured to Australia, Japan, Malaysia, the UK and the US, as well as performing at the prestigious Edinburgh Festival, Perth Festival and Lincoln Center Festival, New York, achieving notable critical acclaim for his work on various J.M. Synge, Tom Murphy, Sean O’Casey and Martin McDonagh plays. He has won several awards for his work including the Lucille Lortel Award, the Manchester Evening News Award, the Irish Times Theatre Award and most notably the OBIE Award for Outstanding Performance.

His screen work includes Love/Hate, Single-Handed, Jack Taylor as well as 71 and Patrick’s Day, both due for release this year. He is a founding member of Livin Dred Theatre Co. and for the past two years has been helping to train Theatre Practitioners in various performance styles as part of a newnitiative he co-founded called Theatre Lab Cavan.

To date Aaron has performed in 13 World Premieres of New Plays, as well dozens of workshops and public readings of New Works of some of Modern Theatre’s most respected and celebrated writers including Mark O’Rowe, Enda Walsh, Marina Carr, Seamus Heaney and Tom Murphy. It is this intimate, in-depth knowledge and wide-ranging experience that he will bring to this imaginative and innovative new workshop.


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