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Why?

Why?

Why theatre and workshop?

Theatre, in it’s essence is an activity that shows a group of young people the importance of team-work, wherever that may be. It show us that nothing is possible without the other person, without their reactions (clearly seen through the immediate reactions of the audience to the actors in the shows or in a workshop) . By creating this relationships between actor and audience, Theatre creates a social link, a bond, immediately.

Acting is a fun way to practice a language. There are a lot of benefits:

  • It’s motivating, pupils love it
  • It adds variety to lessons
  • It promotes fluency. Pupils understand and retain language easily
  • It allows you to explore different cultures, writers…
  • It’s multi-sensory and inclusive
  • It offers opportunities for cross-curricular work
  • It helps embed good language learning practices.

Enjoyment

Pupils enjoy themselves just like they would in their own language. Performing a staged play helps justify the use of a different language.

Improve confidence

Pupils learn to value their own contribution and understand their role within a group. Shy children often enjoy performing when performing as someone else.

Linguistic objectives

Drama allows children to develop a range of skills useful for successful language learning:

  • Listening skills
  • Reading skills
  • Expressive reading/speaking
  • Memorizing through listening and repetition

Pupils practise natural intonation (exclamation, interrogation, etc) and pronunciation

Theatre will stimulate pupil’s own natural creativity.

Attending and participating in the plays and workshops is an exciting adventure! Your enthusiasm will inspire pupils.

What?

What?

We create theatre and workshops in French and English for students learning them as a foreign language

We tour with French plays in Ireland, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium.

We tour with English plays in France, Belgium and Luxemburg. Upon request, we can also travel to the Netherlands and Germany.

All the vocabulary, conjugation, grammar and various expressions used in our plays are appropriate to the curriculum. The actors speak slowly and clearly, and use repetition so that students can fully follow the storyline and are kept enthralled by the show. In addition, a summary, a glossary, song lyrics, etc, are available online, so that teachers can prepare the students for the day of the show and thereby maximize their theatre experience.

Student participation: Some students have small roles and get to come on stage and perform with the actors. Also, throughout the play we maintain the audience’s interest using different media: we use devices such as puppetry, mime, song, and dance to convey ideas so that even students with the weakest level of French/English can still understand and follow the storyline. This ensures that all students, regardless of their level, can enjoy the show. It enhances their confidence in listening – a skill which we believe to be fundamental in learning a foreign language.

Who?

Our first venture into Theatre-in-Education began with the Irish-based company French Theatre For Schools for whom we have been working from 1995 to 2009. Within that company, Xavier Hock was performing plays in French with 3 other native French-speaking actors, and Christine Beziat was organising their tour in the different secondary schools throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The idea of a TIE tour in France and Belgium was conceived then, as a result of the phenomenal success of French plays in the Irish schools.

So, in 2007, Xavier and Christine create the Emerald Isle Theatre Company, and made their first tour on the continent – performing in Wallonia and Brussels in Belgium and in the Aquitaine, the Midi-Pyrénées and Languedoc-Roussillon in France.

Since 2010, the EITC performs everywhere in France, Luxembourg and Belgium.

Through the FTFS, then the EITC and now Pickles by EITC, we want to share with students our passion for theatre and at the same time our passion for the language. Our principle is: Learning through Fun.

Xavier Hock
Xavier Hock

Après avoir sillonné pendant des années l'Irlande, puis la France dans tous les sens, ce sont maintenant les paysages bucoliques de la Wallonie...

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Christine Béziat
Christine Béziat

Co-founder of the EITC and Tour Coordinator. C'est elle qui organise le planning des trois équipes, un casse-tête chinois dont elle seule a le...

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Arnaud Cramoisan
Arnaud Cramoisan

J'aime quand un plan se déroule sans accroc. J'aime faire mon sac, c'est toujours la promesse de nouvelles aventures, de nouvelles rencontres. J'...

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Karine Béziat
Karine Béziat

Quand ma petite soeur (Christine) m'a demandé en 2010 : << tu pourrais nous faire quelques heures de compta par-ci par là, envoyer 2/3...

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Mollie Keane
Mollie Keane

Starting my journey in the East of London in a place known as Walthamstow (or Awesomestow if you’re in the know) through East 15 in Southend...

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Martin Maguire
Martin Maguire

Martin Maguire is a leading Irish playwright and actor. He has taught for the Gaiety School of Acting since 1995. As an actor he has worked in...

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Marianne Spinewine
Marianne Spinewine

La trentaine, enseignante en anglais depuis 10 ans, j'ai eu envie de relever de nouveaux défis. J'ai repris le théâtre que j'avais abandonné...

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Loïc Petit
Loïc Petit

Comédien dans l'âme, ça me plaisait bien de sillonner la route et de faire découvrir notre beau pays à des compatriotes irlandais.

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Charles Boulet
Charles Boulet

Énergique comme si j'avais mangé de la vache enragée, persévérant au point de ne jamais donner ma langue au chat, capable de passer du coq à l'...

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Jordan Gerber
Jordan Gerber

Si je ne suis pas dans le sud de la France, c'est que je suis en Belgique, et si je ne suis pas en Belgique c'est que je suis dans le nord de la...

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Aurélia Gonthier
Aurélia Gonthier

J'aime la ponctualité et l'organisation. Alors, j'ai des listes, des réveils et même un clairon pour la tournée ! Allez hop, tout le monde...

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Edith Miclo
Edith Miclo

Reine de la galette bretonne, j'ai voyagé en Irlande, de pub en pub, de crêperie en crêperie, d'Est en Ouest, guidée par la mousse de la Guinness...

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Cédric Maugis
Cédric Maugis

Passionné de cinéma (au moins un film ou une série par jour ), j'ai travaillé pour la télévision, et comme projectionniste ( bah oui !!! comme ça...

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Ben Lawless
Ben Lawless

I am an actor from Dublin, Ireland.

I studied performing arts in Dublin City & have performed in shows such as 'Richard III' , 'Les...

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Brian Ó Súilleabháin
Brian Ó Súilleabháin

Recently graduated for the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, Brian trained as an actor for three years and has a BA in Drama Performance. He...

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Clare Roberts
Clare Roberts

After her degree in Drama Performance and Musical Theatre Performance up in the beautiful Lake District, Clare is excited to be combining her...

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Joshua Martin
Joshua Martin

I am from a little village in Northern Ireland called Crossgar. In Irish this means ‘Short Cross’. For some of you this may ring a bell as it is...

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Katie Reid
Katie Reid

Katie graduated from NUI, Galway with a degree in Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies. She is no stranger to the touring life, having toured...

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Lili Wake
Lili Wake

After leaving school, I went on to study Film and TV at college, however I quickly realised that my passions lied with performing. This led to...

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Matilda Swinney
Matilda Swinney

I am very excited to be on this years tour. After being away for a year in Nicaragua and Thailand, I'm really looking forward to continuing my...

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Matthew Ralphs
Matthew Ralphs

From a young age I have had a passion for theatre and drama. I have been fortunate to be involved in many plays and musicals through my school...

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Shelley Calvin
Shelley Calvin

Shelley Calvin trained in Musical theatre at KSA Academy of Performing Arts in London. After a jam packed year of teaching, short films and other...

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Solomon Ayre-Lynch
Solomon Ayre-Lynch

I have been fascinated by theatre ever since I saw my first live play aged 8. Since then, I have performed regularly and never lost my passion...

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Taylor Beckman
Taylor Beckman

Taylor is thrilled to be joining this company of theatre makers. She is a recent graduate from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, USA with...

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