And Now We Act! An Introduction to Acting

Pat Nolan

Sunday 22nd October, 2pm - 5pm
Venue: Harold Boys' School

Pat's Story

‘I was a member of St. Josephs Youth Club in Inchicore which had a Drama section. My first play was Philadelphia Here I Come by Brian Friel, and that was it: I was seventeen and I was bitten by the bug.’


Pat had left school and become a telegram boy. He had no theatrical background and realised he had a lot learning to do. He joined the Dublin Youth Theatre and the Focus Stanislavsky Studio and took courses in dance and voice. His first professional show was Alice in Wonderland at the Focus Theatre. He worked in Vienna for a year at the International Theatre, went to California to work in Summer Repertory in Columbia and later moved to the San Francisco Repertory to work on Brecht’s Mahagonny.


In 1989 he was cast as Barry in RTE’s Fair City, a character he would play for 22 years. In 2002, he won the prestigious Rose D’Or Award for Best Soap Actor, the only time an actor in an Irish soap has ever won it.


He founded Blackbox Theatre Company, which was dedicated to new Irish writing and enabled him to stay involved in theatre whilst performing in the very popular soap. The company made two trips to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with Small Box Psychosis by Barry McKinley and Pat Mc Cabe’s Loco County Lonesome which went on to win a Herald Angel Award.


Regularly seen in performance at The Abbey Theatre, his most recent stage appearances include Oedipus and The Wake. Last year he toured in the North with the highly acclaimed play The Prodger by Tina Noonan. He has appeared in most theatres in Dublin and has toured nationally and internationally. His film work includes Taffin, Angela's Ashes and Batman Begins, to name but a few.


In 2013, Pat completed an MA in Theatre at NUI, Maynooth. He is a theatre workshop facilitator at The Gaiety School of Acting, Sallynoggin Colllege and IADT. He is also a member of the Association of Drama Adjudicators.


He has recently written a play with Rose Henderson, Take off your Cornflakes, which has been selected for Fishamble’s Show in a Bag at this year’s Dublin Fringe Festival.

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Note: If you would like to book this course individually (€45) rather than as part of a Day Ticket, please go to the Sunday's Courses page where you can complete a single course booking option. You will be asked to fill in the name of the course at the end of the booking form.

About This Course​

This introductory afternoon will cover the important basics of acting for Theatre. Pat will invite you to take part in fun theatre games and exercises that will explore voice, movement and text.  


Areas covered will include:

  • Relaxation and Concentration

  • Building a Character

  • Imagination and Improvisation

  • Script Analysis

  • Status

Who is it for?


Over 18's to all ages. This course is aimed at people who want to dip their toe into the world of performance.

What do I need to bring?

Comfortable clothing and a good attitude.

We Like
  • Meeting new people and having fun.

  • Building confidence and learning skills that can be used in the ‘real world’.

  • Surprising yourself.


Praise for Pat

“Thank you so much for sharing your expertise in the industry with the students. They thought you were amazing and came away with a lot of knowledge. They also had great fun on the day."

Lauren Cornish Wallace

An inspirational quote

‘To leave a stain on the silence’. (Beckett)

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