Course Hours: Timetables vary from year to year please contact the college directly for detailed timetable information
Course Code: 5M5163
Entry requirements: Leaving Cert or equivalent. Mature students welcome
Course Duration: 1 year
Commencement Date: September 2016
Course Co-Ordinator: Ms. Belinda Wild
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The Drama and Theatre Arts Course was established in September 2000 and provides a comprehensive actors’ training in the following areas:

• Improvisation
• Characterisation
• Mime and physical theatre
• Movement and voice skills
• Script study
• Audition technique
• Masks
• Devising
• Stage craft
• Performance experience

Theatre classes are practical and taught in a workshop format. Throughout the year students have many performance opportunities, culminating in a large-scale public performance each May.

Course productions have included:

Reds Under the Beds, Collage Days, Spaghetti Western, The Milk of Human Kindness, The Merry Wives of Windsor, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Government Inspector, A Flea in Her Ear, Cyrano de Bergerac, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Pirates in Short Pants, Romeo and Juliet, Homage to an American in Paris, She Stoops to Conquer, The Hypochondriac and The Rover.

Core to the teaching practise in Kinsale is belief in an ensemble approach to creating and delivering theatre. Students of the drama course are considered to be part of a Company, where each actor has a vital contribution to make to the creative work of the group.

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How to apply & Application deadline:

Applications for all our courses will be available on the website and in the college from 1st week in January 2016 for all courses commencing in September 2016. Interviews will be held for all courses later in the year generally in May/June. To apply, simply download an application form and forward to the College.

Modules info & codes:

Acting Skills & Techniques: 5N5055
TV and film acting: 5N6046
Theatre Performance: 5N4568
Event Production: 5N1374
Performance Craft: 5N4567
Theatre Studies: 5N4571
Communications: 5N0690
Work Experience: 5N1356
Mime and Movement: 5N16074
Improvisation: 6N3552


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Career Opportunities


Graduates may pursue careers in:

  • Acting
  • Theatre Production
  • Arts Administration
  • Community Arts
  • Workshop Facilitation
  • Teaching
  • Theatre Writing

Past students have pursued all of the above as well as forming their own Theatre Companies.


Further Study Opportunities


On successful completion of this Level 5 students may be eligible to progress on to the Level 6 Award as well as the following courses:


  • Bachelor in Acting, The Lir Academy (Trinity College, Dublin)
  • Drama & Theatre Studies, University College Cork
  • Theatre & Drama Studies, Cork Institute of Technology
  • The Gaiety School Acting, Dublin

There are also many Conservatoire training opportunities in colleges across the UK, which the college will be able to advise students about.


Student Experiences


“I think it should be compulsory that everyone in every line of work should study drama, and studying Drama in the Kinsale College is the icing on the cake. Ian and Belinda have pretty much laid the groundwork for my love and enthusiasm for life and nursed a passion for performance that has helped me in EVERY endeavour. Since completion of the course I’ve had the privilege to work with great directors in all the mediums of theatre, television and film. The craft of playing has brought me from the windy willows of Macroom to the plasticy places of Hollywood. Embarking on the course with Ian and Belinda with the underlying goal; “to soak up the craft like a fun sponge”, will not only guarantee a very interesting rest of life... but also guarantee the fusing of new friendships that will stay with you forever.”
Sebastian Thommen

“I decided to do the drama course with Belinda Wild because I wanted to add to my skills as a circus performer by learning the craft of acting. My two years on the drama course were spent in a whirlwind of creativity and exploration that were far beyond my expectations! I am now based in Italy and working as a professional performer, creating my own work which is a mixture of circus and theatre and putting all of the invaluable skills I learned to use on a daily basis.”
Cathal Carroll

Other Info


The Theatre Performance course is taught by professional theatre artists working both in Cork and nationally. The course is designed to offer students the opportunity to explore and develop their creative expression within a group environment that is safe, supportive and fun. As well as promoting physical, imaginative and vocal development, drama improves self-confidence, communication, and group skills.

Kinsale College has a unique, specially designed and purpose built outdoor amphitheatre providing drama students with a perfect space for rehearsal and public performance. Students also perform, on occasion, in Cork at venues such as the Half Moon Theatre and the Cork Arts Theatre. In addition there are often opportunities to take productions on tour. Links are maintained with the professional theatre, both through the permanent staff and by master classes, offered by visiting theatre professionals and course alumni in their areas of expertise.