The Conference Committee invited everyone to “Come to Cork” from Thursday 21st – Sunday 24th August 2014.
Seminars were held in The Fr Maitiu Hall which is centrally located in the city.
Delegates stayed for three nights in The Ambassador Hotel, Cork.
As a special treat, and also included in the overall cost, was a coach trip to Cobh which was the last stop made by the Titanic on its maiden voyage before it sank. There was a visit to the heritage centre to get acquainted with the final hours of this ill-fated liner. Cobh has panoramic views of Cork Harbour as well as intriguing architecture in its world famous cathedral with Carillion bells, altogether an interesting and pleasant trip, 45 minutes from the centre of Cork.
Highlights of the Conference included:
- Dickens Speaks – a one act play written and performed by the eminent professor Sam McCready.
- Directing Shakespeare – with the renowned director Michael Barker-Caven
- “The Theatricality of Brian Friel – From Page to Stage”, Directed by Audrey Behan.
- The Business of Clowning – This workshop was conducted by award winning London based actress Donnla Hughes.
- The Coole Lady – A one act play performed by Joan McCready and directed by husband Sam. Based on the playwright Lady Augusta Gregory, here she introduced the delegates to her literary circle of friends at her home in Coole Park, Co. Galway.
- Patrick Kavanagh – one of Ireland’s greatest poets. Margaret Martin, Actor, Director and Writer conducted this workshop: “Kavanagh from Peasant to 20th century Poetic Giant”.
- Aeolian Art – a delightful and sadly neglected area of verse speaking to the accompaniment of music. This was directed by Aideen Crowley-Dynan.
- Dr. Margaret McAliskey unfolded the demands of Corporate Business Presentation.
- Mr Tim McCarthy regaled the delegates with his special take on “The Art of Choral Speaking” – this was fun and everyone was involved.