Siamsa Tíre

Training

Find out about training and classes with the National Folk Theatre of Ireland

Training with the National Folk Theatre

The strength of Siamsa Tíre’s performing company lies in the extended Community Cast who have trained and performed with the company over more than fifty years. Most members of the 100 strong cast have been specifically trained from childhood, to perform on stage with the company in the unique Siamsa idiom.

Students who have completed the training offered by Siamsa Tíre have gone on to achieve national and international success as performers, including John Fitzgerald, Sarah Jane Drummey, Justin Walsh, Paula Murrihy, David Geaney.

Our Community Cast of performers complete a minimum of three years of training with the company before going on to an advanced training class as part of their performance preparation.

Training Schemes for Young People AND ADULTS

Every year, the National Folk Theatre holds auditions to attract the best of traditional young talent (age 7-12). This year, we are extending the training programme to offer additional youth classes for teenagers (age 13-17) and adult classes (age 18 +) for those interested in learning and developing their skills in the traditional arts.

TRAINING INFORMATION 

(Children 7-12 years)

We offer a three-year formal educational training programme where children are trained in Irish dancing, traditional singing and drama with a view to becoming a member of the performing company and perform with the NFT in the annual Festival of Folk summer seasons. Classes take place weekly from October to May with fees due on registration.

(Children/Teens 13-18 years)

These new training classes will run throughout the summer with a view to eventually becoming a member of the community cast and performing with the NFT in the annual Festival of Folk summer seasons. (Schedule to be confirmed in June)

(Young adult & adult 18+)

These new training classes will run throughout the summer with a view to eventually becoming a member of the community cast and performing with the NFT in the annual Festival of Folk summer seasons. (Schedule to be confirmed in June)

AUDITIONS

All applicants must have a song and Irish dance piece (optional for adults only) prepared for their audition.

Auditions will be held in the following locations: 

  • Teach Siamsa Finuge on Thursday 13th June 7pm – 8pm
  • Teach Siamsa na Carriage, Dingle on Friday 14th June 7pm – 8pm
  • Siamsa Tíre, Tralee on Saturday 15th June 4pm to 6pm

Admission to all classes are only available by audition - Contact Siamsa Tíre on 066 7123055 to book in your audition now!