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The Civic Bard Quest

The Civic Bard Quest 2018


  • Feb - Dec 2018 // Various dates see listing
  • Loose End Studio
  • See various prices
  • Bursary available apply for up to 50% discount
TO BOOK CALL 01 4627477

The Civic Bard Quest is a series of workshops inviting you to immerse yourself in the world of Irish myth. 

Important Notice: Due to adverse weather conditions, this event has been postponed.
If you have any queries, please contact  085 1439599 ANY TIME
Box Office will close at noon on Weds. 28th Feb and repoen Monday 5th March at 10am, 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

Next Installment Saturday 3rd March Full Day Workshop 10:30- 5:30 pm
This event will work with film and advertising and TV sharing interpretive tools from a range of disciplines to help you understand what is going on. What is news and what is ‘fake” and what is political propaganda? Develop a powerful way of perceiving modern media in this participative, practical day. Who can I trust?

Friday taster sessions €25
Saturday workshops €50

Apply for 50% discount
Special 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

Participants are also available to pay for one or all events. Please see below for further details

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.

CLICK HERE to listen to the Civic Theatre’s Artistic Director Michael Barker-Caven as he sits down with Sandy and Ellen to discuss Irish mythology and the Civic Bard Quest.

First Quarter: Imbolc – Mythological Cycle
2nd Feb   7.00pm – 9.00pm : Introduction: Where do we come from? Irish Creation Myths (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

Apply for 50% discount
Special 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

Limited spaces available so booking in advance is advised.

Please contact Box Office for any queries or to book your place. Call 01 4627477



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