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The Civic Bard Quest


  • Feb - Dec 2018 // Various dates see listing
  • Loose End Studio
  • €125 per quarter
  • Full Year €440
TO BOOK CALL 01 4627477

Old Stories, New Thinking: A Call to Awaken
A Collaboration between The Civic Theatre & Bard Mythologies
Led by Ellen O’Malley-Dunlop & Sandy Dunlop from the Bard

In 2018, you are invited to the Civic to commence a year round journey of renewal to rediscover the lost way of the Bard.

In ages past Bards helped define who we were and who we could and should be.  They recognised the power of myths to shape our lives and to bring us back into harmony with the wisdom of a natural order.  For those jaded by our perplexing times, this interactive process will offer rejuvenation and a world full of fresh insight, promising a liberating perspective and an opportunity to reclaim a unique heritage.  Using the ancient four mythic cycles as our guide – Mythological, Ulster, Fenian and King – and utilising a range of approaches – including group discussion, role play and game based learning – this dynamic process will immerse you in the world of Irish myth, guiding you to develop an empowering competence that will move participants from passive listener to active story maker.

Participate in one quarter or the full year, further details below.

First Quarter: Imbolc – Mythological Cycle
2nd Feb   7.00pm – 9.00pm : Introduction: Where do we come from? Irish Creation Myth s(the Book of Invasions)
3rd Feb   10.30am – 5.30pm: Cesair, Fintan and the three wisdoms of Ireland
3rd Mar   10.30am – 5.30pm: Analysing Modern Media and Culture

Second Quarter: Beltaine – Ulster Cycle
11th May   7.00pm – 9.00pm: Defence of the Realm, Cuchulain, Ferdia, Emer
12th May  10.30am – 5.30pm: The Tain and re-imagining the Warrior
9th Jun    10.30am – 5.30pm: Brehon Law Court:  Experiencing medieval Irish Law

Third Quarter: Lughnasa – Fenian Cycle
13th July  7.00pm – 9.00pm: The Wisdom of the Outlaw – hero outside the tribe
14th July  10.30am – 5.30pm: Exploring Fionn McCumhail with the Fianna and their heroic code.
28th July  10.30am – 5.30pm: Building Community, building tribe.  The skills to get the network that is a community to work

Fourth Quarter: Samhain – King Cycle
2nd Nov   7.00pm – 9.00pm: Myths of Kingship, Cormac, Conaire, Niall
3rd Nov   10.30am – 5.30pm: Re-imagining leadership in a distributed power word.
1st Dec    10.30am – 5.30pm: Re-imagining politics: Experiencing new forms of collective decision making.

Per Quarter:                                            €125
Special offer for first two Quarters             €225
Special offer for the full year                     €440


Limited spaces available so booking in advance is advised.

Please contact Box Office for any queries or to book your place. Call 01 4627477
There are also a limited number of bursary awards for artists, writers, actors, and other non-full time employed community activists who are interested in this project.
See  HERE for further details.




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