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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
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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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Niamh Murphy
Niamh Murphy

Niamh Murphy joins us all the way from a tiny townland you've never heard of, located in Wexford - the "Sunny South East". Fresh out of secondary...

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Joey Perez Jones
Joey Perez Jones

Joey was born in Mexico (in a place called San Pedro Garza Garcia which he thinks is an awesome name) To Mexican and British parents which makes...

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Oisin Porter
Oisin Porter

After the very fortunate 3 years at BIFE, run by the wonderful Mary Kelly-Borgatta I was lucky enough to finish my degree, in Performing Arts, at...

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Madeleine Webb
Madeleine Webb

Fresh out of college, I'm just starting out in the industry and aim to experience as many different performance styles as possible. I would love...

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Lindsey Dawson
Lindsey Dawson

Lindsey studied 3 years of Drama and Theatre Studies at St Mary's University and describes it as the most inspiring 3 years of her life. She felt...

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Martha Fitzgerald
Martha Fitzgerald

Martha's favourite kind of work combines children, languages, theatre and travelling, leaving her more than excited to be part of the EITC this...

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Gerard Kelly
Gerard Kelly

Gerard is an actor and drama facilitator based in Belfast with a special fondness for youth theatre and working with young people. He has trained...

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Ruadhan Mew
Ruadhan Mew

I'm 24 and all I want to do is perform. I'm from the west of Ireland, now living in Dublin. I work as a musician, actor and children's...

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