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We run an extensive programme of courses and workshops for adults and children at the Hawk's Well Theatre, many of which feature below. For a full listing of our upcoming courses, visit our workshops page.

Creative Learning for Children

Courses for children running in 2020 include

Toddler Drama 

Our popular Toddler Drama classes take place on Saturday mornings in the theatre foyer. Share some special moments with your little one in this gentle introduction to drama, music and movement for the very young. Under the relaxed and experienced eye of tutor Deirdre Gaule enjoy bonding with your child as you play, sing and dance together. Participation in nursery rhymes, action songs and toddler games develops confidence from an early age. Suitable for ages from 18 months to 3 years. Duration: 45 mins. 

Toddler Drama runs from Sat 11 Jan - Sat 15 Feb and again from Sat 29 Feb – Sat 4 April 2020. For full details click here.                                                                                                                                                                  



SingSkool is a unique programme designed by early childhood music specialists who put the FUN back into the FUNdamentals of music!  Interactive classes will have your little one singing, playing instruments, conducting, dancing and exploring early music literacy. Treble Makers will also prepare for future instrumental lessons by learning to read music and compose melodies. Children build confidence by learning new musical, performance and vocal skills whilst having fun and building new friendships.

These classes for children take place on Saturday mornings with Beat Buddy Babies also taking place on Wednesday mornings.                                                                                                                    

BeatBuddyBabies For ages 6 months - 2.5 years,  10.15am - 10.45am

Mini Melodies For ages 2.5 years - 5 years, 11.00am - 11.40am

Sat 18 Jan - Sat 29 Feb 2020 (No class Sat 15 Feb)

Sat 21 March - Sat 9 May 2020 (No class Sat 11 & Sat 18 April)

SingSkool also run a mid-week get together for babies aged 6mths-3yrs and their adults;

Beat Buddy Babies - for ages 6 mths - 3 yrs;
Wed 15 Jan - Wed 5 Feb, Wed 26 Feb - Wed 25 March & Wed 22 April - Wed 13 May, 10-10.30am

For full details click here.                                                                                                                                                                  


Drama at The Well

Drama at the Well is a fun and engaging drama course for children aged 4 - 6 (Saturday mornings ) and for children aged 7 - 10 (Thursday afternoons). Experienced tutor Deirdre Gaule encourages young children to act and participate in many different activities specially designed to explore creativity and build confidence and each child gets the individual attention they need.

Drama at The Well runs from Sat 11 Jan - Sat 4 April at 11.30am (no class Sat 22 Feb) and from  Thurs 16 Jan - Thurs 2 April 2020 (no class Thurs 20 Feb). For more details click here


Sing Your Heart Out:

This year we are running singing workshop for adults with Michele Feeney: Singing Workshops

Creative Learning for Adults 

Acting for Adults

The theatre runs six-week acting courses most seasons. Our recent Acting for Adults course is lead by Margaret Kilycoyne.

For the past two years the theatre has run an exciting drama programme, Sligo Acts, culminating in a wonderful night's entertainment on stage with the show, Sligo Acts Love!

Sligo Acts is running again in 2020 and this acting programme will culminate in a performance on Sunday 24th of May!


Music Workshops 

Recognising the wealth of talent and interest in music in the north west, the Hawk's Well has played host to many workshops catering for amatuer and professional musicians alike.  John Joe Kelly is constantly expanding the boundaries of what beats and sounds you can get from one single drum. 

Bodhrán Workshops with John Joe Kelly provides a rare opportunity to enjoy a six week course with the bodhrán master. 

Bodhrán Workshops with John Joe Kelly fun from Mon 13 Jan 2020 – Mon 17 Feb 2020.

Sligo Fiddle Workshops 2020 is running from Tues 14 Jan 2020 – Tues 18 Feb 2020.


Literary Workshops

The Hawk's Well Theatre hosts many literary-themed workshops for adults throughout the year.  Regular literary workshops include sessions with writers Brian Leyden and Carlo Gebler, and poetry workshops with Jane Clarke.   

Bealtaine Workshops

The annual Bealtaine Festival is a national celebration of the arts and creativity for those over 50 and the Hawk's Well Theatre hosts workshops for this festival that takes place nationwide  every May. For Bealtaine 2018, the theatre hosted Acting for Over 50s and Songbirds – Singing for over 50s with Cathy Jordan. We also piloted a novel new music workshop for adults, Dust off your Instrument: for over 50s with Niamh Crowley. This special Bealtaine programme led by Niamh Crowley was open to players of any instrument, at any level, in any style.