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Friel Reimagined

Summer School 2022

Last places - apply by Fri 8 July
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And it’s all about to begin...

Gar O'Donnell in 'Philadelphia, Here I Come!' (1964). From the 1960s to the 2000s, Friel's plays covered numerous themes that remain relevant today - migration, social justice, women's lives in a patriarchal society and mental health to name just a few. Friel had an amazing gift for dialogue and was able to craft realistic characters that were relatable for all sorts of audiences. Join us for the Summer School this August to explore Friel's work in new ways - it's all about to begin...

Workshop with Bruiser Theatre Company
What is it?

The Friel Reimagined Summer School is an immersive, intensive introduction to theatre, inspired by the plays of Brian Friel. There will be five full days of workshops exploring the wide range of activities in theatre, from writing to performance to staging.

Booking Info

  • Who can attend? Places are open to anyone aged 14-18.
  • Do I need to be studying drama, or have acting experience? No prior experience required. It's a bonus to have such experience but the Summer School is open to all and covers not just performance but many other aspects of theatre craft. (Find out more below!)
  • How much does it cost? Thanks to funding support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Steel Charitable Trust, there is no charge to take part. Participants will receive lunch and refreshments each day and we can also cover some travel costs to and from the venue.
  • How to I take part? Apply by Thu 30 June Fri 8 July! Application link below.
Extended! Apply by Fri 8 July
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Sign at the entrance of the Friel Theatre
An immersive week
Five exciting days at the Brian Friel Theatre

This purpose-built theatre, opened by Friel himself in 2009, will be our base for the week. Daily sessions from 10am - 4.30pm, Monday - Friday...

Students taking part in a Bruiser workshop
Daily performance workshops
With Bruiser Theatre Company

Get to grips with the fundamentals of dramatic performance. Perfect if you’re new to performing, and a good refresher for those with experience...

Technician for a performance at the Brian Friel Theatre
Hands-on special workshops
With guest theatre professionals

Writing, set design, sound and lighting, costumes and props - unique insights into the different elements that go into a theatre production...

A group of students walking on campus
Much more!

Specially organised site visits, talks, screenings and more throughout the week...

Get in touch

If you are interested in taking part but would like to know more, contact Conor McCafferty, Project and Outreach Manager for Friel Reimagined by email: c.mccafferty[at]

Last chance - apply by Fri 8 July
Click here to apply!

Image credits:

  • Illustration from 'Philadelphia' by Fuchsia MacAree
  • Photography by Simon Mills and Bruiser Theatre Company