It has been another action-packed year at The Little Duke Theatre. In fact, it has been the Fifteenth
such year and although our after-school classes finished on the 9th June, it has been a busy Summer
so far at the school. For information about our Summer Schools and Workshops CLICK HERE !
Over the year we have run our usual classes and workshops for development of life skills, training in
the performing arts and preparation for speech and drama exams. We have also had one theatre
production follow another, giving our students opportunities to show their skills in dance and singing
as well acting.
In December our Stage 3 students gave us a lively and vibrant production of West Side Story.
It was followed by Stage 4’s excellent production of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.
They played to packed houses also in December. Our senior students excelled themselves in this
contemporised production and showed their skills, developed over years of training, in perfectly
articulated, profound and flawless performances of Shakespeare’s beautiful text. Congratulations
are also due to Joanne Mallon who directed both productions and to Kerry Rowan for excellent voice
coaching and to Danielle Ng for outstanding choreography.
The Winter Term came to a wonderful conclusion as our young Stage 1 students and our Tiny
Tots carried us off to Santa’s Workshop at the North Pole from the 14th to the 18th December. As
I watched I had a flash back, to another Stage 1 Christmas show where the six year old Cormac
(Romeo), completely pulling focus, caused the audience to split their sides with laughter as he
discovered inventive ways to create a side-show from the main action by making hilarious shadow
shapes with his elf hat! Always an imaginative boy! It seems like just a couple of Christmases ago
but of course it wasn’t, it was many. His performance as Romeo reminds us of how many! Anyhow,
our elves this year were very well behaved, no improvising on the script. Indeed, the Christmas
Fairies, Santa and all involved were brilliant!
During the last week of April our Stage 2 students performed Annie Jr. It was also a wonderful
production. All of our teachers Kerry, Danielle, Joanne and Cara as well as Suzy and myself worked
to get all one hundred and twenty Stage 2 students onstage. In eight separate casts they delighted
audiences with their acting, singing and dancing in this timeless production.
Students who took Royal Irish Academy Speech and Drama Exams this year all did exceptionally well.
Stage 2 students took part in the pre-Christmas exams, our Teenagers (Stage 3 & 4) took exams pre-
Easter and our Stage 1 students during the last week of May. Congratulations to all!
A big Thank You to St. Bridget’s Drama Group and all the other artists who took part and gave
memorable performances in the fund-raising show, ‘A Bit of This and That’, at The Little Duke in May.
The box-office from the show goes towards offsetting the costs of renovation to the top floor of the
house which we have taken into the school. It has been possible to create a great Wardrobe room
where years of costumes from all our great shows now finally have a home. We have also been able
to make another studio/rehearsal room on that floor. Our efforts to raise funds will continue as
the overall plan for The Little Duke is to create access from the basement to the theatre which will
give us a much longed for reception/lobby area where our audience can finally wait in ‘out of the
weather’ for our shows to begin.
This year we have also completed two FETAC Level Four Drama Modules with students from East
Coast Careers Opportunities. Film makers Tom Cosgrove and JJ Harrington worked with these
students to create two great short films as part of their final project assignments.
Students from MaltaServices worked with us again this year and stunned everyone with their brilliant
Whether at home or abroad I hope you all have a wonderful Summer with many glorious sun-filled
days. We will all look forward to seeing you again in September.
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"The Little Duke has encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and learn to interact with the friendliest, happiest, most welcoming people I have ever encountered.My love for performing has grown as I have grown since I started at the school'
Chris Aged 12, student since 2005
'I simply love The Little Duke, I've had some of the best times of my life here, and hope to have many more in the future. I can't convey in these few words how much the duke means to me, so all I'm going to say is that I can't recommend it highly enough'
Ellen , Aged 16, student since 2002
'The Little Duke' is like a second family to me. I've been involved for 10 years and it has always been such a great place to go to, full of kind, energetic people. It's been a big part of my life since I was 7 years old and my teachers here have helped to inspire me and to become the person I am today.
Caoimhe Aged 18 Student since 2002