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 current courses, visit our workshops page.
Creative Learning for Children
Courses for children running in 2019 include
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 14 Sept - 19 Oct 2019, and from Sat 2 Nov - 30 Nov 2019. 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 4 months - 3 years, 10.15 to 10.45am
Mini Melodies for 3-4 year olds runs from 11.00 to 11.40am
SingSkool also run a mid-week get together for babies aged 6mths-3yrs and their adults;
Beat Buddy Babies - Music & Coffee Mornings - for ages 6 mths - 3 yrs; Wed 19 Sept - 24 Oct, 10-10.30am & Wed 7 Nov - 12 Dec 6, 10-10.30am
Drama at The Well
Drama at the Well is a fun and engaging new drama course for children aged 4-6 years (Saturday mornings) and 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 runs drom Well Sat 14 Sept - 30 Nov, and from Thurs 19 Sept - 28 Nov 2019. For more details click here.
Sing Your Heart Out:
This year we are running singing workshop for children and adults with Michele Feeney: Singing Workshops:
Sean Nós Dance
Dance classes for children this year include a PresSchool Sean Nós Dance Class with Anna Lehert
The theatre also runs a number of summer camps for children, including the popular Creative Academy Summer Camps
Creative Learning for Adults
Acting for Adults
The theatre runs six-week acting courses most seasons. Our current Acting for Adults course is being run by Isabel Claffey, actor and founding member of Shared Light Theatre Company.
Sligo Acts is running again in 2019 and this acting programme will culminate in a performance on Sunday 24th of March Sligo ActsL Love!
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. Past workshops for adults include a Freddie White Songwriting Workshop, Music Arrangement with Seamie O’Dowd and Sligo Fiddle Workshops with Oisin MacDiarmada. In Spring 2018, we began a series of adult workshops with bodhran player, John Joe Kelly. Best known for his work with the band Flook, 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.
Sligo Fiddle Workshops 2019 run from Tues 10 Sept - Tues 15 Oct 2019. Bodhrán Workshops with John Joe Kelly fun from Mon 9 Sept - 21 Oct 2019,6pm, 7.15pm, no class Mon 7 October. They also run from Mon 4 Nov - Mon 25 Nov 2019.
The Hawk's Well Theatre hosts many literary-themed workshops for adults throughout the year. In 2018, The Art of the Spoken Word with Jessica Traynor, and a weekend workshop, Playwriting with Gavin Kostick, (literary manager, Fishamble) took place at the theatre. Regular literary workshops include sessions with writers Brian Leyden and Carlo Gebler, and poetry workshops with Jane Clarke.
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.