Shane O'Reilly | Ireland | Talk

Making Professional Work With Young Performers

In this seminar Shane will share findings, experiences and insights into the process, form and artistic opportunity that come with making professional work with young performers, following an international research period.

He will also engage the participants in a discussion about the social and professional ethics of working with children, the artistic obstacles and rewards that the work can provide, and the potential for this work to be created in Ireland.

Shane O’Reilly spent six months researching and reflecting on creating professional dance/theatre with young performers. With the support of an Arts Council YPCE Bursary, Shane has researched the methods and processes used by international companies and artists in this field.

He has engaged with international companies and artists (CAMPO, Milo Rau, Kabinet K, Fevered Sleep, Kopergietery) that have a track record of making work with young performers. Shane has also engaged with Irish practitioners that have made work with young performers (Landmark, Dead Centre) in order to contextualise the research. He has been considering what a process might look like here in Ireland should an artist wish to make professional standard work with young performers, and what audiences might encounter within this type of work.


Shane O'Reilly

Shane O’Reilly is an actor and theatre maker. He has been making and performing work for young audiences for over a decade, having worked with Barnstorm, The Abbey, The Ark and Theatre Lovett among others. Shane was a participant in the 2017 PUSH EU Gender Lab. He is currently writing two new works for theatre: 'Gold in the Water' - a musical for family audiences, and 'Her Father’s Voice' - a new play/opera and is a resident artist at Nenagh Arts Centre. As an actor Shane has worked with many companies including The Abbey Theatre, The Gate, Rough Magic, Druid, Landmark, Verdant and Prime Cut Productions. Shane recently undertook a research period supported by an Arts Council YPCE Bursary which involved investigating the practice of making professional theatre/dance work with young performers, travelling to Ghent, Brussels, London and Ramallah to observe the work of international companies working in this specialist field.


O'Donoghue Centre

Accessibility: Both entrances are wheelchair accessible. There is an activation switch for the front doors to the theatre, providing wheelchair access.

Parking: The Galway Cathedral car park is a 5 minute walk from O’Donoghue and is open 08:30-18:30 Monday to Saturday and 13:00-18:00 Sunday, with a €5 day rate. There are Pay and Display (street parking) spaces on campus at €1.50 per hour. Please be aware that there are permit-only locations and caution is advised as clamping is in operation throughout the university campus.

Public Bus: Galway city bus route 405 stops at the entrance to NUI Galway, which is a 1 minute walk to O'Donoghue Centre.

Walking: O'Donoghue Centre is located on the grounds of NUI Galway and is a 7 minute walk from the Town Hall Theatre and a 17 minute walk from the Spanish Arch.