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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 current courses, visit our workshops page.

Creative Learning for Children

In Autumn 2018, we have added a number of new courses for children such as Mini Moves Family Dance-Along parent/child dance classes led by Ingrid McLoughlin, Sing Your Heart Out - with Michele FeeneySean Nos Dancing with Karen Tansey 

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. 

The current six week course is running from Sat 15 Sept - Sat 20 Oct 2018.                                                                                                                                                                                            




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. The current Singskool season runs from Sat Sept 22-Sat Oct 27 2018.                                                                                                                                                                                        

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

Treble Makers for 5-6 year olds runs from 11.50 to 12.30pm


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. 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. The current 12 week runs from Sat 15 Sept – Sat 8 Dec 2018 


The theatre also runs a number of summer camps for children, including the popular Creative Academy Summer Camps in addition to Brick Flicks Stop Motion Workshops, and other exciting creative learning events that take place seasonally during school holidays throughout the year. 


Creative Learning for Adults


Acting for Adults


The theatre runs six-week acting courses most seasons. These courses have been run by actor and director, Bob Kelly and director of Sligo youth Theatre, Jean Marie Perinetti. In Spring 2018, the theatre ran an exciting drama programme, Sligo Acts, culminating in a wonderful night's entertainment on stage with the show, Sligo Acts: Husbands and Wives. The current season of Acting for Adults classes is led by actor and founding member of Shared Light Theatre Company, Isabel Claffey and runs from Monday Sept 17th – Mon 22 October 22nd, 2018.

The theatre also hosts workshops for experienced actors. In 2017, the theatre hosted a weekend workshop tailored especially to those working professionally; The Architecture and Playability of Theatre was delivered by actor and director, Mikel Murfi. In April 2018, following a performance of their production of Becket's Waiting for Godot, an afternoon Workshop with Druid Ensemble Members took place at the theatre. In October 2018, we will have a workshop with actor, director and writer, Donal Kelly; Sailing Solo: Creating Your Own Show will examine ways of honing text to suit performance, and using performance techniques to enhance text. 


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. Past workshops for adults include a Freddie White Songwriting WorkshopMusic 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. 

Literary Workshops


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.   

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.