LOCATIONS FOR 2019
TEENAGE STAGE LOCATIONS..
The most westerly island in Europe. It is 450 km long and 300 km wide and is divided into the Republic of Ireland. Ireland enjoys a rich diversity of ethnic groups and cultures. English is spoken by everyone in Ireland and in some areas Irish is spoken also.
Dublin, capital of the Republic of Ireland, is on Ireland’s east coast at the mouth of the River Liffey. Its historic buildings include Dublin Castle, dating to the 13th century, and imposing St Patrick’s Cathedral, founded in 1191. City parks include landscaped St Stephen’s Green and huge Phoenix Park, containing Dublin Zoo. The National Museum of Ireland explores Irish heritage and culture.
Kildare County Kildare is just 60 minutes from Dublin. The central Curragh plain is horse-breeding territory. Here, the Irish National Stud farm is known for its Horse Museum and Japanese Gardens. Nearby, Curragh Racecourse holds regular events. Kildare town is home to St. Brigid’s Cathedral, with a 12th-century round tower that offers panoramic views. Heather and gorse top the Bog of Allen’s peatlands to the north. Drawn as if by a magnet, visitors come again and again, captivated by this most special of Irish counties. Also if you love designer shopping, a visit to the magnificent Kildare Shopping Village is a must! Ireland enjoys relatively cool summers. The daily temperature in July and August is on average 17 °C. Ireland enjoys reasonable sunshine with unpredictable rain showers. These rain showers generally don’t last long, but it is recommended that you have an umbrella or light rain gear to hand!
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With its mix of urban cool, lush parkland, sweeping coastline and hip designer boutiques, Dublin, Ireland’s capital city, pulsates with energy while still retaining a warm, laid-back atmosphere.
One of Europe’s most thrilling capitals, it offers all you could want from a city break with history, culture, entertainment, excellent shopping and an endless choice of pubs and restaurants.
Thankfully, seeing all of Dublin’s sights needn’t cost the earth, either, as you can save money at over 30 attractions around the city by purchasing your Dublin Pass before you go.
KILDARE TOWN HERITAGE CENTRE
Located in a restored eighteenth-century market house, Kildare Town Heritage centre tells the story of Kildare. Your host is Cogitosus, a seventh-century monk who leads an audio-visual journey from 480AD to the days when Kildare was ruled by Normans.
ROUND TOWER AND ST BRIGID'S CATHEDRAL
Built by the Norman Bishop Ralph of Bristol in 1223, Kildare Cathedral was built in the early gothic style with a square central tower. The grounds are home to a Celtic cross and a twelfth-century round tower, which offers panoramic views of the town and countryside.
IRISH NATIONAL STUD
The Irish National Stud is home to some of Ireland's finest and most famous racehorses. Join a guided tour of the farm, visit the state-of-the-art Horse Museum, and wander around the internationally acclaimed Japanese Gardens.
THE CURRAGH RACECOURSE
From March to October, the Curragh hosts the best flat racing in the country including all five Classic races – the Irish Guineas Festival, the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby, the Darley Irish Oaks and The Irish Field St. Leger.
+ 353 (0)45 441 205
Ireland's premier designer and producer of homeware and giftware, the Newbridge Silverware Visitor Centre houses a Museum of Style Icons featuring artefacts associated with Hollywood Stars including Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Princess Grace, Princess Diana, Michael Jackson, the Beatles and many more.
Built between 1722 and 1729 for William Conolly, Speaker of the Irish House of Commons, and the wealthiest commoner in Ireland, Castletown House is one of the most important houses in the country. Admission to the house is by guided tour only.
+ 353 (0)1 628 8252
Designed in 1741 by Richard Castle, this Palladian mansion is just a stone's throw from the Wicklow mountains. Sir Alfred and Lady Beit bought Russborough in 1952 to house their impressive art collection. They left this historic mansion to the Irish public in 1978.
+ 353 (0)45 865 239
THE GUINNESS STOREHOUSE
Rising for seven storeys above the heart of Dublin, visitors can experience the craft of brewing that has been passed on from generation to generation of Dubliners since 1759. Learn how to pull the perfect pint and visit the spectacular Gravity Bar.
+353 (0)1 408 4800
With its compact size, picturesque location between mountain and coast and fascinating history, Belfast, in Northern Ireland, is a defiant city that has emerged from decades of strife into a vibrant, buzzing destination.
This beautiful Victorian city has plenty to offer – you can check out where great ships like the Titanic were built, marvel at the architecturally impressive City Hall and Queen’s University, or immerse yourself in Belfast’s sparkling city life with hip boutiques and smart stores.
Cool and comfortable new design hotels mean Belfast is now a stylish and affordable place to stay, while a glut of excellent gastro delights have placed the city firmly on the culinary map of Europe.
Best of all, Belfast’s charming old pubs make an atmospheric spot to wile away an hour, or two.
Galway is one of the most chilled out spots in Western Europe. Despite being a city, it feels like a big town with its easy attitude and cool bohemian vibe.
Known as the City of the Tribes, after the 14 affluent tribes who ruled during the middle ages, this thriving city is the most westerly in Europe and enjoys a strong artistic heritage and a flourishing arts, music, theatre and film scene.
Summer in Galway is a never-ending stream of excellent festivals and eating, drinking and entertainment all taking place outdoors in the balmy air of this warm-hearted city.
Enjoy the atmospheric pubs in this West of Ireland city, the beautiful location at the edge of Galway Bay, the pretty medieval streets and the lively weekend markets with a city break you’ll never forget.
Limerick is the Republic of Ireland’s third largest city and has a beautiful location on one of Ireland’s most picturesque rivers, the Shannon.
Conquered by the Vikings in the ninth century, this bustling modern city has a rich medieval past, which resounds around its ancient streets.
As well as the internationally renowned Hunt Museum with its exceptional art collection including works from Picasso, da Vinci and Renoir, Limerick also boasts a wonderful medieval precinct with the famous 800-year-old King John’s Castle.
A bustling, vibrant and exciting destination, Limerick is packed with excellent shops, wonderful restaurants and some enjoyably indulgent accommodation and makes a great base for exploring the excellent surrounding sights.
This city boasts a commanding presence next to the meandering River Suir. A hotbed of history and heritage, this strikingly beautiful city was founded by the Vikings in 853AD and experienced a further exciting architectural overhaul during its 18th Century expansion.
Despite it being one of Ireland’s oldest, Waterford City is a fabulous blend of ultra-modern shopping centres, pedestrianised walkways, lively traditional pubs and highly acclaimed gourmet restaurants. And the city promises to delight and impress the senses without relinquishing its unique local spirit.
It's not without its world-renowned attractions, too. Home to the exquisite Waterford Crystal, not many visitors return home without acquiring some hand-blown glass perfection.
Additionally, Waterford City has a long theatrical and musical tradition. The Waterford Light Opera Festival, Waterford Spraoi Festival and the Hullabaloo International Children’s Festival are sure to put a spring in the step of people of all ages, making this one of the most vibrant cities in the country to sojourn for a few days or more.
some recent Testimonials
"Thank you for the wonderful experience Niamh had on your ‘Singing in the Rain’ camp. It was the undisputed highlight of her summer holidays; a blisteringly busy week of fun, laughs and very, very hard work! It was so well organised and the pastoral care team were great at supporting and cheering on the students so they got the most out of the experience. I’m amazed at how much you managed to accomplish in such a short space of time and the show at the end of the week was a testament to that. Niamh is looking forward to next year’s camp already!" Niamh McCann, Parent, Dublin 2018
"This summer school is creative, fun and exciting, Well thought-through, artistically, educationally and administratively as a joyful learning experience for teenagers! I wish you every possible success with it, as I'm sure it will be! Lucky participants, something to really enjoy and look back on with pleasure and a sense of real achievement"
Dr. Adrian James PhD
Head of Cert H.E. in Theatre Arts (Southend)
East 15 Acting School. University of Essex.
"Elena, 13, was the only Italian girl on Dublin's Teenage Stage 2017 and it was her very first experience abroad by herself.
She got to meet lovely new friends from Ireland and greatly enjoyed both rehearsals and free time.
The final show was just amazing and one cannot help wondering how those kids could prepare it in just one week.
It made us love Sweeney Todd, a musical that we had never properly appreciated."
Gianluca Di Lorenzo, Parent, Italy, July 2017
"Sadhbh has been filling me in on every minute detail. She had a wonderful experience with you and benefited hugely from the opportunity to be part of the production of Sweeney Todd. The entire experience from start to finish (every detail of which has been shared in last 48 hours) was nothing short of superb. Less than 51 weeks to next year! I'll be checking out the website for Teenage Stage 2018 and Sadhbh's name will be added to list as early as is humanly possible" Edel Meaney, Parent
"I just want to thank you and the team as Luke had an amazing time on your programme last week, he can struggle socially at times and the film course has been incredible for his confidence" Suzanne, Parent, Dublin, July 2018
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Bobby White, Parent, Dublin, July 2017
"Nicole came talking wonders about her experience, she loved the teachers, the castle, the people and the food. She said she learned a lot and excited about her future!I am very grateful with everything, the whole experience, for me as a parent has also been wonderful and the look on her face has been priceless for us" Connie Gonzalez, Parent, Lisbon
"My daughter Lucy was with you in Kildare last month and I just wanted to say thanks for a fabulous week - it has given her self confidence such a boost and she is already saving to go back next year. I work in child protection so I'm probably a bit hypervigilant about it but I am so impressed about the support that they had during the week and particularly impressed about how well all the kids got on. I've been recommending it to everyone!" Maeve Drummey, Blanchardstown,
"I had the most incredible time at Teenage Stage. Our teachers and directors took great care of us and were so friendly. Our year did Into the Woods ". This was my first ever musical and I couldn't have asked for a better experience. I've met life long friends from this experience. It takes hard work and dedication to pull off one hell of a show and without the help and support of our teachers we couldn't have done it.Not only do you do a show but there are loads of other activities and outings. You have karaoke, talent show, quiz night etc. Last year we went to see a fantastic Circus group in the Black Box Theatre. Thank you to everyone for a wonderful experience that I'll never forget! Emma McDonnell, Student
"Thank you for the email and opportunity for early booking. Nyika was so enthusiastic last summer, she really wants to participate again this year. I have sent in the booking form for her. We were equally impressed with the whole organisation, supervision and support of the summer school and have no hesitation to recommend it to friends" Rita, Parent, Carlow
We are now back in Venice after a wonderful time!
Emma and Nora have loved every single moment of the week they spent with you. They have enjoyed the company, the learning experience, the incredible team work and efforts in making 'Singing in the Rain jr' which was a marvellous show!
There were many tears shed on the day of departure and many, many: "see you next year"! 🙂
We wanted to thank you once again for the extraordinary experience you have offered them!
Francesca Niisi, Italy
"Wow! what I can I say, this was my first trip away from home and I appeared in a full musical theatre production, made fantastic friends and the evening guest workshops are even better than daytime if possible! Unforgettable" Lynn, age 16, Student, Switzerland
"Just wanted to thank you for the wonderful experience Niamh had on your ‘Singing in the Rain’ camp. It was the undisputed highlight of her summer holidays; a blisteringly busy week of fun, laughs and very, very hard work! It was so well organised and the pastoral care team were great at supporting and cheering on the students so they got the most out of the experience. I’m amazed at how much you managed to accomplish in such a short space of time and the show at the end of the week was a testament to that. Niamh is looking forward to next year’s camp already!" Fiona McCann, Parent, Dublin
"Thank you so very much for everything you have done and have come to mean for Lily – I cannot begin to explain how much she has gained from Teenage Stage. Just a couple of years ago she came to this country a shy and unsure girl. The confidence, teamwork, passion and ambition that you have helped nurture in her, is invaluable" Lisa Christopher, Parent