After 15 years of offering courses for young people, our Youth Drama (12 and under) options are taking a hiatus. Our Teen Acting and Adult courses are continuing!
We hope to return to youth drama offerings later in 2023.
We have created over 30 original devised youth and teen theatre performances, and provided opportunities for hundreds of youths to develope creativity and confidence. The break in our services during COVID-19 meant that a lot of our courses had to begin again from scratch to build momentum, and unfortunately the Youth Drama suffered the most. We hope to see you again! Please do Sign Up for our Newletter to receive future information.
GENERAL OVERVIEW OF LIVE CLASSES…
These gentle and playful courses, explore acting and drama games in a creative and supportive environment. Using the tools of the acting process, we can increase each students ability to bring their inner world to life. For older teens see our Teen Acting page.
Students are encouraged to be expressive and imaginative while strengthening their abilities to observe, collaborate and make choices about the world around them. We have years of outstanding productions created specifically for your child.
All classes are limited to 12 students maximum in order to provide the highest level of tuition.There is usually a wait list for these courses, so reserve early! Discount of €20 for additional sibling.
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Our course flow is divided into three terms of 7-12 weeks each, with an additional July Summer camp option.
Autumn Development Term
Winter Development Term
Spring Production Term – Public presentation, additional commitment required.
July Summer Camps
Autumn → Winter → Spring
The autumn and winter terms are for creative development and the spring term culminates in a public performance in the theatre on the last day of class. This is a highly creative process calling on the imaginative participation of all in the group. These course are available according to age: 6-9, 10-12
These all cover some of the basics of voice and body work, relaxation, creating character, devising stories, improvisation, and stage craft – all done in a supportive and fun environment. See photos
For the spring term, students must be available and committed to the presentation day at the end of the course. Class prior to the production and the production day/evening will have extended class times.
Who is it for?
The courses are suited both to the beginning student, for building confidence and increasing creative abilities, and to more experienced youths, interested in exploring the collaborative process of making theatre and deepening their ability to create original characters.
Students may take one term if they wish, however, most students take all three terms.
Our next summer options for this age group will be finalized soon for 2022.
‘I have only wonderful things to say about Flying Turtle productions. My son, now 18 years old started taking drama classes with Kathleen at the age of 8 and we have just recently enrolled his younger brothers. Kathleen’s approach is very child centred and every child is given a voice and a chance to shine. Kathleen really listens to the kids and plays to each individuals strengths. The kids are very much part of the whole creative experience. From writing to staging to performing. This is no stage school. All of the productions are completely original. My son was challenged and stretched creatively and he gained so much confidence. For this I cannot thank Kathleen and her colleagues enough. She was always so kind and supportive and my son loved going to his classes every week.’ – Nicki Russell, Dublin
“My 8 year old daughter wanted to do acting…not dance or singing just pure acting. I found many places that combined music and dance with drama but eventually found Kathleen and Flying Turtle youth drama. It was the perfect fit and the best find ever. 10 years later and the now 18 year old is in a Drama Foundation Course and still attending Flying Turtle. It was the most creative, worthwhile, enjoyable activity of her childhood into teen years. My son also went 8 -11 years. He loved it too. They learned how to devise and create plays with their group and an amazing tutor and produced wonderful pieces with themes both fun and dealing with their issues growing up. They became more confident and skilled, so much so they were chosen for two professional opportunities in a national TV ad and educational video which they loved doing. I cannot recommend Kathleen and Flying Turtle Drama more……………this was the best find as a parent looking for a wonderful creative outlet for their child. Thank you Kathleen!” – Nikki Brennan, Dublin
“My three children have been attending weekly classes in Flying Turtle Productions for the last 5 years. In the classes there’s a big focus on using their imagination and building their confidence and I’ve seen a big change in my children in this regard over the years. My oldest son was very reserved at the age of 7 (which is why we initially started the class) and at age 12 he’s confident and outgoing. When developing the plays, the children come up with the ideas themselves and create a devised original drama under the guidance of a skilled and experienced facilitator. The result is entertaining, map-cap and highly engaging. I’d highly recommend these classes.” – Kate Conran, Dublin
“I would like to thank Lisa and Kathleen for the great work they do teaching and encouraging the youth drama. My daughter Lucy has really enjoyed the drama classes and the final performance was a great day for all of us . It’s wonderful to see them performing so confidently on stage and enjoying themselves thoroughly!” – Eileen Buckley, Dublin
“We were looking for a drama class for our daughter – not a stage school, but a workshop class that was about working together as an ensemble, sharing ideas back and forth, and letting imaginations run wild. Flying Turtle’s classes are perfect. Gemma is wonderful – she creates an environment where the children feel totally secure and confident throwing in ideas and trying out new things. Even over these last few months, on Zoom, she’s somehow managed to keep the ensemble feel of the class and keep them all completely engaged. And our daughter comes out of every class laughing and saying, ‘That was SO MUCH FUN!'” – Tana Walsh, Dublin
Many more testimonials for youth coming. See our TESTIMONIAL page for the full school.
All courses are detailed below according to start date. If you have any questions please contact us
Current & Upcoming Options
Course : Ages 6-9 -or Ages 10-12 Winter Studio Term
This is a studio process term which will lead to the development of an original devised play in the spring term. Students are encouraged to be expressive and imaginative while strengthening their abilities to observe, make choices, and engage with others. In a playful and supportive environment, we will expand awareness of the voice and body, learn techniques for creating characters, and work on collaborative theatre games and storytelling techniques.
The work from this term will eventually be shaped in a theatrical form guided by the instructor/facilitator, as they create an original theatre piece to be performed in a presentation on the final day of class in the spring term on May 28th, 2022
We maintain a small class size with a maximum of 8 students for this age group.
Fees: €130=150, minimum non-refundable deposit of €50 due within 3-days of reservation. Remaining balance due January 2nd, 2022 No credit/refund if a student misses class. Refundable only in the event of Flying Turtle Productions cancellation.
Course : Ages 6-9 or ages 10-12 | Spring 2022 Production Term -
This is a production term, culminating in a theatre performance on the last day of class to be performed for an invited audience of family and friends. Students are encouraged to be expressive and imaginative while strengthening their abilities to observe, make choices, and engage with others. A commitment to the final performance day and preparations is needed to participate in this course.
These productions will involve the collaboration of the students to create stories and characters shaped in a theatrical form as guided by the instructor/facilitator, and the ideas and skills for his have been developed over the previous terms. Students may take one term or all three September-May.
NOTE: The Saturday prior to the production, and the performance days will both have an extended class time!
Fees: €150-170, minimum non-refundable deposit of €50 due within 3-days of reservation. Remaining balance due February 26th, 2022 No credit/refund if a student misses class. Refundable only in the event of Flying Turtle Productions cancellation.
Course : Summer Drama for Fun Camp 2023 to be determined
This course is a one-week romp in drama to explore the creative process in a supportive environment with no-performance pressure!
In 5 x two hour sessions, we will explore the same fundamental aspects of the acting process as in the performance classes, including the voice and body work, the beginnings of role play in character, theatre games, collaborative play, and devising stories.
This is a low pressure, playful, summer-time excursion into the imaginative world of creating stories and characters. Classes will be very interactive and engaging with a maximum class size of 10 students.
When: 10:00 - 12:00 via ZOOM , Monday through Friday, TO BE DETERMINED
Courses : Ages 6-9 and Ages 10-12 | Autumn Development Term TO BE FINALIZED
This is a studio process term which will lead to the development of an original devised play in the spring term. Students are encouraged to be expressive and imaginative while strengthening their abilities to observe, make choices, and engage with others. In a playful and supportive environment, we will expand awareness of thpme voice and body, learn techniques for creating characters, and work on collaborative theatre games and storytelling techniques.
The work from this term will eventually be shaped in a theatrical form guided by the instructor/facilitator, as they create an original theatre piece to be performed in a presentation on the final day of class in the spring term. Students may take one term or all three September-May term options.