TheatricsNaas

Established in 2001, Theatrics Naas operates from the magnificent Moat Theatre in the heart of Naas.

About TheatricsNaas

TheatricsNaas was set up in 2001 to introduce young children to drama and musical theatre. Since then, it has become a theatrical tour de force.  We now offer services ranging from drama and musical theatre classes for children to CPD Courses for Teachers and the Corporate World.

 

Catering for students aged from 5 – 14, we hold weekly classes on Tuesday afternoons in the purpose-built Moat Theatre in the heart of Naas.  Developing children’s confidence and wellbeing  through drama  and musical theatre is our main focus.  To do this, we use a  fun combination of games, voicework, dance, improvisation and process drama.   We challenge each child to push through personal boundaries to reach their true potential.  All this  in a fun, non-competitive environment. 

With over 20 years’ experience visiting schools, Mary delivers a wide variety of drama in the classroom workshops.  These workshops are educationally focussed and link across the curriculum. She is also available to support teachers in the production of school plays to showcase students learning and talents.

Immersive, participant-based programmes where teachers as participants can develop their skills in using drama in the classroom. These programmes can take place during Croke Park Hours or alternatively, they are available through Kildare Education Support Centre.

Drama based training programmes for the Corporate World. Using theatre skills for business, teams can develop trust, collaboration and communication skills. Develop your teams’ skills in improvisation and watch these skills transfer across all areas of your business.  Then sit back and reap the benefits.

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The Moat Theatre

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The Moat Theatre is a state-of-the-art purpose-built theatre in the centre of Naas. It is the cultural heartbeat of the town and home to a thriving community of artists across all disciplines.

TheatricsNaas is part of this community. What better place to have our home than this beautiful space.  A place where creativity and artistic expression nestle closely with imagination and new ideas.  All this, in the shadow of the ancient Moat hill.

The experience of working from this beautiful space is so valuable. It makes us part of the community, gives us a connection with place and a sense of belonging. It is a safe space where we can learn transferrable skills for life and business as we Explore, Pretend and Perform. 

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The Moat Theatre

Moat theatre logo

The Moat Theatre is a state-of-the-art purpose-built theatre in the centre of Naas. It is the cultural heartbeat of the town and home to a thriving community of artists across all disciplines.

TheatricsNaas is part of this community. What better place to have our home than this beautiful space where creativity and artistic expression nestle closely with imagination and new ideas, all in the shadow of the ancient Moat hill.

The experience of working from this beautiful space is so valuable. It makes us part of the community, gives us a connection with place and a sense of belonging. It is a safe space where we can learn transferrable skills for life and business as we Explore, Pretend and Perform. 

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About Mary Power – Cooney:

Mary Power-Cooney is the Artistic Director of TheatricsNaas. She is an actor and a dramaturg. Over the past 20 years she has worked in theatre and education.  Her work includes facilitating drama programs, directing and choregraphing performances, developing drama policy and supporting teachers in their delivery of the NCCA Primary School Drama curriculum. Her work is educationally focussed with the personal artistic experience of the student at its core.

Mary Power Cooney - Theatrics Naas

Mary achieved a First Class Honours Diploma in Arts (Drama and Theatre Studies) in NUIM (2008). Based on her previous experience and demonstrated skills and knowledge, she has recently been accepted to study for an MA Ed. (Drama and Education) at Trinity College, Dublin.

She is an accomplished actor, choreographer and theatre director. She has won national awards for her Choreography from AIMS (Best Choreographer, Best Choreography, 1986) and international recognition of her work from WIFLO (Best Concerted Item, 1987). Mary has won Best Actor Awards at regional level in the ADCI/DLI One Act Festival (2014) and at national level was awarded the Adjudicators Award-DLI Scholarship on foot of her performances that year. 

Recent theatre credits: 

Car Show (Bow Productions).  This production highlighted the programme in Dingle Arts Festival (2019) and Scripts Irish Playwriting Festival (2019).   

Legacy (Bow Productions).  Performed in Tea Lane Cemetery, Celbridge, this play was  a theatrical response to Patricia Burke Brogan’s Eclipsed. (2019).  

Green Skies, A Double Rhythm.  A provocative site specific performance that looks at the ‘Wrens of the Curragh”; a marginalised community of women that lived in gorse bushes outside the army base in Kildare in the 19th Century.  Written and directed by Lisa Freeman. Funded by Kildare County Council & Creative Ireland. Supported by IADT & The Riverbank Arts Centre (2019).  

Who Will Separate Us (Fíor Scéal Theatre).   Based on the true story of a Naas family during World War 1.  Played Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2018).

Fractured (Down at Heel Productions).   Forty-eight bite sized plays which tell the story of the fictitious Barry family who lived in Maynooth during the War of Independence. Originally planned as a site-specific soap-opera, it was re-worked, due to Covid 19, and released on Pod-Cast (2021).   Funded by Kildare County Council through a Creative Ireland Bursary. 

Recent Film Credits: 

Spiral Nebula M51 (2020). An Offaly Drama Project project.  A collaboration by artists from different disciplines.  This film is their collective creative response to the discovery of the spiral structure of the Nebula Whirlpool. Funded by Creative Ireland. 

On-Line Shorts: See Saw Trilogy – Satiate the Need (Bow Productions) 2020. Movid 20 – Fighting, Hard (Moat Club, Naas) 2020.

Mary Power Cooney - Theatrics Naas

About Mary Power – Cooney:

Mary Power-Cooney is the Artistic Director of TheatricsNaas. She is an actor and a dramaturg. Over the past 20 years she has worked through youth theatre and Primary Schools facilitating drama programs, directing and choregraphing performances, developing drama policy and supporting teachers in their delivery of the NCCA Drama curriculum in Primary Schools. Her work is educationally focussed with the personal artistic experience of the student at its core.

 

 

Mary achieved a First Class Honours Diploma in Arts (Drama and Theatre Studies) in NUIM (2008). She is an accomplished actor, choreographer and theatre director. She has won national awards for her Choreography from AIMS (Best Choreographer, Best Choreography, 1986) and international recognition of her work from WIFLO (Best Concerted Item, 1987). Mary has won Best Actor Awards at regional level in the ADCI/DLI One Act Festival (2014) and was awarded the Adjudicators Award – DLI Scholarship on foot of her performances that year. Recent theatre credits: Car Show (Bow Productions), an immersive theatre experience which highlighted the programme in Dingle Arts Festival (2019) and Scripts Irish Playwriting Festival (2019), Legacy (Bow Productions) An immersive theatre journey through the lives and loves of the women of the Magdalene Laundries in a theatrical response to Patricia Burke Brogan’s Eclipsed. (2019). Who will Separate Us (Fíor Scéal Theatre) based on the true story of a Naas family during World War 1, played Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2018), Fractured (Down at Heel Productions) forty-eight bite sized plays which tell the story – in soap format- of the fictitious Barry family who lived in Maynooth during the War of Independence. Originally planned as a site-specific soap-opera, it was re-worked, due to Covid 19, and released on Pod-Cast (2021) funded by Kildare County Council through a Creative Ireland Bursary. Film Credit: Spiral Nebula M51 (2020). An Offaly Drama Project project which brought together artists from different disciplines to collaborate and create a film from their collective creative response to the discovery of the spiral structure of the Nebula Whirlpool. Funded by Creative Ireland. On-Line Shorts: See Saw Trilogy – Satiate the Need (Bow Productions) 2020. Movid 20 – Fighting, Hard (Moat Club, Naas) 2020.