Siamsa Training Academy Students Perform End Of Year Show

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Students taking part in the end of year graduation show.

SIAMSA Tíre was proud to present its Level 3 Final Year pupils of the National Folk Theatre (NFT) Training Academy at their end of year graduation show on Tuesday.

This performance showcased what the students have learned over the previous three years at Siamsa Tíre in the disciplines of traditional Irish singing, the Munnix style of traditional Irish step dancing, drama and music.

This year the graduate group includes nine Level 3 Final Year pupils focusing on the principles of song, dance and drama with an additional six musicians focusing on traditional music.

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Students taking part in the end of year graduation show.

The theme for each final year show is different reflecting the varied and diverse interpretations by the students.

When devising this year’s show, ‘Labhraí Loinnsigh’, the pupils reviewed Folk storiesand discussed why they would like to work on this story.

The final year pupils worked together to finalise the theme and then helped to build a performance around this choosing music, songs and dance to compliment this theme.

This year’s show was an adaptation of an Irish story about a King who lived in Ireland long ago. He always wore a cap and nobody really knew why. Labhraí had a secret – right underneath that old cap on his head, Labhraí Loinnsigh had horses ears. Cluasa chapaill a bhí air a dhuine uaisle.

“We are always very proud of our third year graduate students and have enjoyed working with them over the last three years.  They have shown great commitment to the traditional arts and have been very creative in interpreting this Irish story for this year’s show. It was a great evening’s entertainment for family, friends and those interested in traditional Irish culture!”, said Anne O’Donnell, Training & Development Officer, The National Folk Theatre of Ireland.

The National Folk Theatre Training Academy is aimed at young people from the age of 7 to 12.  Auditions take place annually with the 2018/2019 auditions taking place on Friday 15th June from 6-8pm at Teach Siamsa na Carraige, Dingle and on Saturday 16th June from 10am – 2pm at Siamsa Tíre, Tralee.

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