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16th Sep 2013

A Former Miss Ireland Is Doing it… Would You?

Maybe it's time for you to try the stage, and take on a course at The Gaiety School of Acting.

Rebecca McKnight

What could you and former Miss Ireland Holly Carpenter have in common?

Holly Carpenter, Miss Ireland 2011, Britain and Irelands Next Top Model finalist and girlfriend of Irish rugby player Cian Healy is fast becoming a household name. But what could you have in common with her?

Holly will be undertaking not one but two intensive 10 week courses this September at The Gaiety School of Acting – The National Theatre School of Ireland and the number 1 school to study acting and you could too! Holly will be taking their ever popular Introduction to Drama which will introduce her to the craft of acting and improvisation. The second course will see her follow in the footsteps of fellow model Roz Purcell, as Holly is taking TV Presentation course, taught by renowned TV producer, Bill Hughes, co-founder of Mind The Gap films. Both of these are just two of the many new specialised courses for adults on offer at The Gaiety School of Acting this year. The school runs a range of courses for all levels, from complete beginners to experienced working actors.

The Gaiety School of Acting’s new 2013/2014 programme includes the return of well-loved favourites such as Acting for Camera 1, 2 & 3, Page to Stage, Advanced Page to Stage and Stand Up Comedy. This year they have two new courses for you to participate in: Make a Movie, which will teach you how to create a short independent film from scratch and Lessac Voice & Body with Robin Carr, a 5 day intensive programme for advanced acting students looking to push the boundaries of their craft.

From October onwards, there will be also be a series of specialised weekend workshops in areas like Voice, Accent, Singing, Casting & Audition, Radio Presentation (which has been taught by Lisa Cannon) and Comedy Improv to name but just a few. This year, The Gaiety School of Acting have teamed up with The Singing Factory to create a new workshops, The Studio Session. This day long workshop will make participants feel like a professional singer for the day and let them walk away with their song in their hands.

And for those of you with kids, the Young Gaiety Saturday School and Youth Theatre classes will also return to Temple Bar, Malahide, Bray, Navan and Cork this year. There will be courses for all ages from Parent & Toddler, Drama Workshops, Musical Theatre to Youth Theatre and Young Gaiety Masterclass available.

The Gaiety School of Acting also boasts a very successful 1 Year Part-Time programme in Performance Year, Advanced Performance Year and Performance Theatre Company (Dublin & Cork). These courses are there to help those who wish to hone their acting talents but cannot commit to full time training. Applications are still being accepted but on a first come first served basis.

So if you fancy joining Holly at The Gaiety School of Acting, they will be running some Try For Free taster workshops between now and the start of Term 1. And there will be Free Workshops for kids running on Saturday 21st September. For more information, you can call them on 1890 258 358, visit or Facebook and Twitter.