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Summer Camps

Mary Power-Cooney is delighted to bring Theatrics Summer Camp back to the Moat Theatre in Naas in July. During these week-long camps of drama and musical theatre, fun, friendship and creativity is the order of day.

Mary Power-Cooney is delighted to bring Theatrics Summer Camp back to the Moat Theatre in Naas in July. During these week-long camps of drama and musical theatre, fun, friendship and creativity is the order of day. 

For over 23 years, our ethos has been to use drama and theatre to build confidence in young people. We believe in equipping them with the tools they need to connect with others on many levels and to develop a powerful set of skills that not only creates theatrical magic but are also instantly transferrable into daily life.

Summer Camp 2024
Theatrics Naas Summer Camps Highlights

Junior & Senior Drama Summer Camp – Suitable for Ages 5 – 13 yrs

During these week-long camps, fun, friendship and creativity is the order of day.

Unique Approach

Unlike traditional stage-schools, Theatrics utilises drama in education techniques to equip young people with a powerful set of skills that create theatrical magic but are also instantly transferrable into life.

Our Ethos

Our ethos has been to harness the power of drama and theatre to create confident, brave, young people who can connect with others on many levels; look them in the eye; understand both their right to be heard and their responsibility to speak out.

Building Community and Self-Identity

By working and playing together, young people learn to recognise themselves in others and accept and celebrate their differences. This mutual approach to self-identification is beneficial to all participants as they emerge as more confident, self-aware young people who work together to reach their unique potential.

Teen Drama Summer Camp – Suitable for Ages 14 – 17 yrs

This weeklong Summer workshop will use drama and theatre-based activities and will be tailored to respond to the needs and interests of the young people in attendance. Participants can expect a supportive, imaginative and playful environment where young people explore and create work that is authentic to their generation.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Theatrics is committed to an ethos of diversity and inclusion. This Summer workshop aims to provide a democratic, empowering and inspirational space for young people to feel safe and supported as they imaginatively explore and interrogate their place in the world.

Theatrical Approach and Youth Empowerment

Theatrics’ approach to theatre-making is built on a framework of playful theatre ensemble strategies that foster individuality through social interaction. There is a specific focus within the work on youth voice and its associated rights and responsibilities.

Parent Testimonials

My children have been attending Mary's theatrics classes and summer camps in Naas for the past few years, and it has been amazing to see their development and growth. Through drama and theatre, they have both come out of their shells and grown in confidence, I am so grateful to Mary for her guidance and support. I would highly recommend her classes to any parent who is looking for a creative and supportive environment for their children to grow and thrive in.
My three children have attended Theatrics and I cannot recommend it enough. They are three very different personalities but they all loved going to their classes with Mary. The classes are great fun, but there is a strong sense of discipline and a work ethic that is inspired by Mary’s dedication to her job. Her end of year performances are an annual highlight in our house. The atmosphere in the theatre is just magic, with parents and children (on and off the stage) getting an annual dose of razzamatazz. I’m always amazed at how much Mary gets from the children. My kids’ confidence definitely soared as a result of all their years working with her.
Mary is: 'The best teacher in the entire theatre! ' say my 8 years old and 6 years old. Our children have been attending theatre classes with Mary for almost 4 years. Every year , they prepare for the show, which is usually every spring at Moat Theatre in Naas. It is an amazing experience for children and their parents. Mary's passion for theatre is transferred to the children. They love her. Mary teaches them acting, singing and dancing. The classes give them a lot of self confidence and opportunity to make friends with others, who share the same passion. Mary's curriculum is great. She creates scenarios and choreographies herself. Before the show, she sews costumes for all her groups. It is truly an amazing experience for our children. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Mary for organizing free online classes during the pandemic. Our kids are always looking forward to these activities. 'Thank you Mary! You are a wonderful teacher and beautiful person'
There’s a reason why Theatrics is celebrating over 20 years in business. Mary’s is committed to developing children to meet their true potential through drama. My two girls love her classes. Although naturally shy they are encouraged to participate and have grown in confidence from being part of the Theatrics family. Mary truly cares for the children of her school. Her commitment has been unwavering during the pandemic. She has kept in touch with the children via weekly zoom classes continuing with fun and engaging challenges to keep them connected with each other. I asked my children how they would describe Mary PC and they said “encouraging, kind, helpful, creative and fun”. I think that says it all!!
We love that the focus is on nurturing the kids skills of creative expression and self-esteem through age-appropriate drama games and activities in a non-competitive and supportive environment. Our kids love their weekly classes and excitedly practice any songs, dances or prose they learn each week. We heartily recommend Mary Power-Cooney’s Theatrics.
As a mom of 4 , 3 boys and 1 girl , Mary goes above and beyond to develop minds in self confidence , encouraging activity , team work and a result of a performance , ( goal ) Mary convinced one of my boys, whom was very shy , ( lacking self confidence , and not theatrically talented ) to come forward on stage , what a result, he has developed , and now matured , into a young teen ,and has the greatest of respect for mary , for in his words “ making me do! it . Mary Power Cooney ... I can not recommend enough goes over and beyond to develop young people
No pushing my daughter out the door for Theatrics, she's always ready. Mary keeps things interesting and all ages engaged, a testimony to her professionalism and experience. Well worth it and fantastic personal development over the last six years.
My girls were both in theatrics throughout primary school, they grew in confidence, developed skills in performance and expression in a fun & positive environment. Mary fosters a love of theatre in the kids that will last a lifetime
Mary, thank you so much for all the fun times the kids have with you in Theatrics. They both really enjoy and are benefitting from the variety of experiences. Keep up the good work.
“Mary is a wonderful teacher! I have witnessed her working her magic on large classes of children over the past 8.5 years. She manages to harness the most energic children and ignite the quietest, bringing everyone together to create the most wonderful productions! My daughters have loved going to “drama” with Mary, both in school and afterschool at the Moat Theatre. Mary has a wonderful connection with her students and we are very grateful to her. Keep up your great work Mary!”
My daughter has always loved drama, after attending other drama schools a friend recommended Mary Power Theatrics. This is not just a drama class the kids are learning life lessons which they will have forever. Our young lady absolutely loves Mary's class.
3 of my children have been with Mary for drama for many many years and another yet to begin. They absolutely love every minute and get so much from the classes. Mary is so passionate about what she does and her enthusiasm trickles through to the kids. The confidence my children have learned and developed in performing, speaking aloud and all whilst having fun are skills they’ll have forever. Thanks Mary
My daughter has been attending Mary’s Theatrics for the last 5 year’s and my son has been attending for the last 2 years. Both of my children have benefited greatly from attending Mary. She has an amazing way with the children and she brings out the best in them. The work she puts into her classes and shows is amazing.”
.'Theatrics has been an outlet for creativity, friendships and fun for my daughter and has boosted her confidence more than anything else she does. Along with learning performance skills and helping children to collaborate, persevere, empathise and be creative, Mary has an amazing ability to seamlessly bring it all together in shows that we all love! It's drama at it's best with the talents of each individual child at it's core. Thank you Mary.'
Liz looks forward to the beginning of face-to-face classes and really enjoys all the activities and exercises that Mary PC leads the young actors through. Mary is an excellent professional and her classes help children feel confident. I would highly recommend Mary PC's classes and I would like to say thanks a million!
My 9 year old started with Mary when she was 7. My daughter was shy and did not like speaking in a crowd. Mary has worked wonders with her in class, developing her confidence in a fun team environment.
Frances Grainger
My daughter has always loved drama, after attending other drama schools a friend recommended Mary Power Theatrics. This is not just a drama class the kids are learning life lessons which they will have forever. Our young lady absolutely loves Mary's class.
Frances Grainger
My two children have been attending Mary for close on 4 years now. Her dedication to the children and hard work in putting together shows to showcase the children’s progression has been exemplary. Both my children have loved attending Mary and as a result have thrived because of it. Also during Covid, Mary has continued to support and interact with the kids through zoom in her own time and it has been a massive boost to my daughters mental health to have that to look forward to every week.
Siobhan Logan
Both of my children, aged 6 and 12 respectively, attend Theatrics Drama at The Moat Theatre every Tuesday evening. It is one of the highlights in their week. Both my wife and I have noticed how drama has improved their self confidence in social interaction, their ability to express their emotions and the respect for the craft. Mary PC is passionate, energetic and expressive in her sessions and this input creates an environment that engages, inspires and is fun for the group. In lockdown, Mary has continued to provide classes via livestream and that’s been a blessing in our home. Tuesdays remain a highlight.
Pete Kavanagh
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Weekly Classes at The Moat Theatre, Naas