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Theatre Lovett's Performance Training
Playing for your Audience

Playing for your Audience at The Abbey Theatre
November 20-24 2023

For details, see below.

This popular, week-long intensive course is led by Louis Lovett and introduces participants to performance techniques for audiences of all ages. Participants also have the opportunity to put these techniques into practice before an audience of young people in a theatre setting.

This course is suitable for adult practitioners of all levels and genres interested in performance for audiences young and old.

Course Content

Participants are led through a wide range of performance techniques :

  • Bridging the divide between the performer and the audience.
  • Our physical presence and how to arrive at a state of calm and openness to our audience.
  • How the actor’s focus can become the audience’s focus.
  • How to bring mischief into your play. Be BOLD in your play and how to FAIL with aplomb.
  • Chorus work. Moving and working as a team.
  • Gauging your audience’s level of excitement, fear, attention or boredom.
    How? Why? What to do next?

During the week, Muireann Ahern of Theatre Lovett presents:

  • European models of theatre practice for young audiences.
  • Knowing our audience and age appropriate work.

The week culminates in a live theatre experience presenting before an audience of young people in the theatre auditorium.


About Louis Lovett and Muireann Ahern

Upcoming Events

Playing For Your Audience at The Abbey Theatre
Date: 20-24 November 2023
Venue: The Abbey Theatre, Dublin
Participation Fee: 250 EUR

To apply:
Please email an updated CV or bio and a headshot along with a brief outline on why you would like to participate to adding “Playing for Your Audience Nov23” in the subject line.
Closing date for applications is Monday October 23rd at 5pm.


Please note a waiting list is operating throughout the year. To be considered, please email your interest to adding “Playing for Your Audience waiting list” in the subject line and we will get in contact with any updates on course dates.

The Playing for Your Audience performance training course is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and over the past decade,  has taken place place in Dublin, at The Gate Theatre and at The Abbey Theatre and earlier in 2023 at The Theatre Royal, Waterford. 

We are actively looking to bring Playing for Your Audience to other Irish cities and abroad. If you are interested in participating, drop us an email at respectively adding “Playing for Your Audience in Ireland” or “Playing for Your Audience abroad” in the subject line. We will take all expressed interest into consideration and we will work with local venues to explore the possibility of bringing the course somewhere close to you.
If you are enquiring on behalf of a venue, please get in touch with Theatre Lovett General Manager.

If you have participated in this course previously, you might want to visit Playing for your Audience Advanced for more information on our advanced level course.


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“This is the best workshop I’ve been on, including my full time actor training"

“Terrific, a very good experience for an actor working in all types of theatre for all ranges of audiences.''

“Theatre Lovett have a wonderful, interactive, caring and insightful approach. Their way of facilitating is inspiring.''

''If this could happen regularly it would be a real gift to a lot of young theatre makers. And not have to leave the country to do it!” 

"The integrity with which Theatre Lovett approach their work is appreciated. The rigour, professionalism and experience shine through.”

“In my career and training to date I have not come across a duo like Muireann and Louis where the fluidity of what they teach is so spot on and inspiring to be around.”

“I never stopped learning from the first minute to the very last and yet it was a lot of fun.”

“Louis’ energy and teaching method was a demonstration in itself to the effectiveness of his principles.”

“Theatre Lovett brough absolute joy and play to my work and taught me how to harness my excitement.”

“I found this workshop indescribable and immeasurable. I fell hungry and inspired.”

“Thank you so much for a liberating experience. The realisations, the tools, and the focus I experienced and observed will remain with me. You have given me such a wonderful set of skills and an artistic insight I can build on for the future. Incredible.”

“Fantastic training of an international quality-we should be telling the world Theatre Lovett is Irish and here to stay!”

“I ‘ve never responded to a week’s workshop as much as I have this week.”