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Summer Drama Week at Arclight!

July 08, 2020

We are thrilled to announce a Summer Camp at Arclight Studio for children aged 8-12.  


We will have all of our usual activities; singing, dancing, art & craft, scriptwork, creative writing, improvisation, mime, movement, games and more!! 

The group size will be strictly limited to enable adequate distancing. 

There will be two camp sessions;

  • Morning camp from 10am - 12.00pm 

  • Afternoon Camp from 12.30 - 2.30pm

(A supervised walk to the local green can be arranged during lunchtime for anyone who would like to do the full day).


Cost is €70 per week for each two hour session and €3 per day extra if you would like to avail of the lunchtime supervision. Children must leave the premises from 12 - 12.30 to facilitate cleaning. 

Instead of a performance for an audience each group will make a video which will be sent to parents at the end of camp. 

Camp dates are: 

  • July 27th - 31st

  • August 10th - 14th.


How to Book:
To book just text Ciara on 087 9418325 or email  specifying which week you would like & which session (morning or afternoon or both). Places will be allocated on a first come- first served basis. 
Ciara Phelan.

Looking forward to a great Summer!! 

Summer Camps at home with Arclight!! 🎭🎼✨⭐️

May 19, 2020

Here at Arclight Drama Studio, We have an exciting programme of Summer Camps planned for 2020. 

Teen Camps

In June we will have a series of themed camps for teens.

These camps will run on Zoom from 10.30am - 12.30pm daily

June 8th - 12th 
Method Acting

June 15th - 19th
Musicals Appreciation

June 22nd - 26th 
General Acting/ Monologues


Age 5-12 Camps
Drama Camps for ages 5-12 will run over Zoom throughout July. We will have two hours of Zoom each day with extra activities and suggestions to complete at home, including creative writing, art & craft, dance and acting challenges. 

June 29th – July 3rd 
9.30- 11.30am ; Age 5-8

June 29th – July 3rd 
12.00 – 2.00pm; Age 9-12

6th  – 10th July 
9.30 – 11.30am; Age 5-8

6th – 10th July 
12.00 – 2.00pm; Age 9-12

13th  –  17th July 
9.30 – 11.30am; Age 5-8


13th – 17th July 
12.00 – 2.00pm; Age 9-12

Songwriters Summer Camp with Darragh Cullen

July 27th - 31st

This is a fantastic camp for children & teens who love to sing and play music. Every child writes a song and gets to perform at a Zoom showcase at the end of the week. The course is suitable for age 9 - 15 and will run over Zoom from 11am-1pm  each day

Teen Camps in August
We will end the Summer with two more drama camps for teens. 

August 10th - 14th 
Script writing/Directing


August 17th - 21st

All camps cost €50.00 per child or €70 per family.

All fees are payable in advance by revolut or EFT.


Looking forward to a great Summer!! 

COMPETITION! Write a Play or Poem

March 22, 2020

Hey everyone, we're missing you all terribly and hope you're all adapting to this unusual time.
To help with the downtime and to encourage creativity we have decided to run a writing competition for our students to give them something to work on.

There will be a poetry and a playwriting competition. You can send as many entries as you like.
Prizes will be awarded to the winning entries.

The closing date is Friday, March 27th.

Please send your entries to or via messenger on our Facebook page Arclight Drama Studio. If you have Facebook, keep an eye on the page for more updates!!

If the schools are closed for more than the current 2 weeks, we will endeavour to set up some sort of remote lessons. We'll be in touch with further details about that soon.

Ciara and Paul.

It's Panto Time! Arclight Presents: The Little Mermaid

January 13, 2020

It’s that time of the year again!! Arclight are about to ‘Set Sail’ with our annual panto. 


This year we are presenting "The Little Mermaid" - full of fishy fun!!

The Little Mermaid takes place in a magical kingdom under the sea where a beautiful young mermaid, named Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home to live in the human world above. But first she'll have to defy her father, the king of the sea, escape the clutches of an evil sea witch and convince a prince that she's the girl with the perfect voice.


It's a family friendly feast of fun, foolishness and fish! 

Where:The Pavilion Theatre Dun Laoghaire


When: Tue 21st Jan - Sat 25th Jan, 7.30pm
Matinee: Sat 25th & Sun 26th Jan, 2.30pm


Tickets: €18/€14

Get yours here:


We hope to see you there!

Contact us for further details:

Summer Camps 2019!!

April 09, 2019

Here at Arclight Drama Studio, we have an exciting programme of Summer Camps planned for 2019.


Summer Drama Camps
Drama Camps run from 10am - 2.30pm. Suitable for ages 5 - 12.

July 1st - 5th:  Carysfort N.S. Blackrock
July 8th - 12th and 15th - 19th:  Loreto N.S. Dalkey
July 29th - August 2nd:   Arclight Studio Cornelscourt.


Cost: €100

Songwriters Summer Camp with Darragh Cullen 

This is a fantastic camp for children & teens who love to sing and play music. Every child writes & records a song, and brings home their own CD at the end. The course is suitable for age 9 - 15.


Where: Arclight Studio Cornelscourt

When: Tuesday August 6th - Friday 9th    |   10am - 2.30pm daily, with a longer day (10am - 6pm) for recording on the Wednesday

Cost: €120

Shakespeare Week

Suitable for secondary school students (12-18) who are interested in Drama & the works of Shakespeare.

Includes a performance on the Friday.

Where: Arclight Studio Cornelscourt

When: August 12th - 16th   |   10am - 3pm daily

Cost: €100

Contact us for further details:

Shakespeare By the Sea

April 09, 2019

We are very excited to be involved in the inaugural ‘Shakespeare by the Sea’ festival at Temple Carrig School Greystones. Please come along and support!!

When: Saturday 4th May - Monday 6th May 2019

Where: Temple Carrig School Amphitheatre, Greystones, Co. Wicklow


Play: Romeo and Juliet

Show Times: Saturday 4th May 7pm   |   Sunday 5th May 7pm   |   Monday 6th May 2pm

Play: As You Like It

Show Times: Sunday 5th May 2pm

Day Ticket: €5 available at the door.

Stagecraft Youth Drama Festival

April 07, 2019

What a wonderful weekend we had at the Stagecraft Youth Drama Festival.


Over 600 students taking part in 32 plays!

Thank you to all the young actors for sharing their talents with us. Thank you to the adjudicators for their words of wisdom. And thank you to all the audience for coming along to support. The festival is run completely voluntarily and we would like to thank Elaine, Ronan and Eve Cullen, Ray Cobban, Jeff Jones, Amie Cullinane, Amy Wyley, Ross Gallagher and Cillian O'Donnell for their invaluable help in ensuring the weekend ran so smoothly.

As You Like it - Saturday 23rd March

March 23, 2019

Our teenage group have been hard at work since September rehearsing ‘As You Like It’ by William Shakespeare. The play will be performed at The Whale Theatre in Greystones on Saturday 23rd March at 7.30pm, and on Sunday 24th March at 2pm & 6pm. Tickets are available now from They are selling fast!! Have you got yours yet?


March 10, 2019

On March 10th, we will be welcoming RADA examiner Gary Lagden to Arclight. We have 14 candidates taking Messenger, Bronze and Gold Awards on the day!! Best of luck to all of you.

Poetry Feis

February 28, 2019

Best of luck to all the competitors in the Stagecraft Poetry Feis in Cabinteely this weekend. We are looking forward to hearing all the performances!!

It's Panto Time!

January 14, 2019

We are so excited about our Panto ‘Robin Hood’ which runs at the Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire from January 22nd - 27th. Hope to see you there!!

Get your tickets here!

Sammy Snowflake's Toy Trouble!

December 01, 2018

Arclight Drama Studio's fourth annual Christmas Tour begins next Friday. Teachers Paul, Ciara & Elaine bring the characters of Sammy Snowflake, Mrs Claus and Sparkle Toes to life in this charming Christmas adventure. 

'James & Me' by Ronan Cullen

August 29, 2018

Fantastic News! On 18th August, Ronan Cullen staged a fantastic production of his new play, ‘James & Me’ at the Dolmen Theatre, Cornelscourt.


The production has been invited back to The Dolmen for two performances:


Saturday - September 22nd 2018


Showing 1: 2.30pm

Showing 2: 7.30pm


So for those who missed it first time around you'll have an opportunity to see this wonderful piece of theatre. And those who saw it before and loved it get a chance to see it again.

New Term!

September 02, 2018

We are really looking forward to starting our new term on Monday 3rd September, and to welcoming old friends and new. Check out our ‘classes’ section for class times and age groups. We have lots of exciting plans for the coming year!!

Mucic Night at the Dolmen Theatre!

July 04, 2018

Arclight’s music teacher & director of all music for our shows, Darragh Cullen, is curating a wonderful night of music at The a Dolmen Theatre (above the Magic Carpet Pub). It looks like it will be a great evening - come along & support!!


When? Thursday July 5th

Time: 8pm

"Shakespeare In A Week" Camp

July 02, 2018

We had the most wonderful time at our 'Shakespeare In A Week' Camp. In only 5 days the students put on a full production of Romeo and Juliet for an audience at the beautiful Temple Carrig Amphitheatre in Greystones. Well done to them all. It was a lovely evening.

And the Winner Is.............

June 21, 2018

Over the past few months we have been running a playwriting competition.
We had more than 30 entrants and the standard was exceptionally high and the judges had a very difficult job. Unfortunately we can only have one winner and we are delighted to announce that the winning submission is "Sleep Tight, Snow White" by Saoirse Down.
Congratulations to Saoirse and she will receive her prize of a Kindle shortly.
Commiserations to all the young writers who submitted their plays, but we would encourage you all to keep writing. Writers are the lifeblood of theatre and there is a lot of quality in your work.


May 13, 2018

The competition is open to all our students ages 4-18
*First prize is a Kindle*

*Entries may be submitted typed or handwritten.
*Plays must have a minimum of 4 characters.
*Plays must be a minimum of 3 pages (typed) or 4 pages (handwritten).
*The closing date is Friday June 1st 2018.
*The winner will be announced on Wednesday June 20th 2018 on our website and our Facebook page.
*The judge’s decision will be final.

Entries may be handed to Paul or Ciara or may be posted to 31 Hazelwood, Shankill, Dublin 18 or may be emailed to
Please keep a copy of your script as they will not be returned.

Our New Website!

May 10, 2018

We are so excited to launch our first ever website!!! Now we can keep you all posted on news, class times, fun images from plays and shows and much more! A big thanks to Shona at The Rainbow Vault for designing our website. Shona can be spotted dabbling in our Pantos from time to time and has been around for far too long.... Check out her company website at

Much Ado About Nothing invited to the Royal Shakespeare Company!

May 09, 2018

More good news for Arclight - this time for the adult company. We are delighted that our forthcoming production of ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ has been invited to be performed in Stratford upon Avon by the Royal Shakespeare Company. We will appear at the Dell Festival on June 16th, after our run in Smock Alley. How exciting!!

Summer Camps 2018

May 10, 2018

Summer Drama Camps run from 10am - 2.30pm and cost €100 per week. Suitable for ages 5 - 12.


July 2nd - 6th - Carysfort N.S. Blackrock

July 9th - 13th and 16th - 20th -  Loreto N.S. Dalkey

July 30th - August 3rd - Arclight Studio Cornelscourt.


Songwriters Summer Camp with Darragh Cullen: 

This is a fantastic camp for children & teens who love to sing and play music. Every child writes & records a song, and brings home their own CD at the end. The course is suitable for age 9 - 15, and is held at Arclight Studio Cornelscourt. 10am - 2.30pm daily, with a longer day (10am - 6pm) for recording on Wednesday 11th July / Thursday 9th August.


July 9th - 13th - €120

August 7th - 10th (4 days) - €100


Contact us for further details.

Congrats Darragh!

May 06, 2018

Our resident musical director, Darragh, has just released a brand new single "We'll always have Paris" from the album "Green" with his band The New 52. Here's the YouTube link if you want to see/hear it. We are so proud!

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