Corn Exchange News


15 - 18 December

for Professional Performers
Both New and Experienced Players welcome

Team Rehearsal Space, Marlborough Lane, Dublin 1

Tuesday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm


This dynamic training will awaken your creativity and stretch your acting skills to the hilt.

Annie Ryan, through The Corn Exchange, has been honing the technique for almost 20 years into a unique style and valued practice in Dublin. Within a nuturing, supportive environment, this work demands high expertise in stills including character work, physical embodiment, creation of character image, make-up masks and acting.

While “The Style” is undoubtedly hard and really fun, the deeper work is about creating a solid foundation within yourself as a performer to create a clear open channel for your creative energy.

What to expect:

Each morning begins with a gentle, grounding yoga practice, followed by voice and ensemble work. At the beginning, we will establish principles of ensemble play and introduce some skill and vocabulary toward the style. Tuesday through Friday, the group will create full character images based on the Commedia Stock characters and improvise scenes accompanied by live percussion.

An invaluable tool for performers, the workshops encourage fully embodied play with great bravery, compassion and rigour.


Email your updated CV and headshot to
by the 4th of December.

Please be aware that there is often a high demand for places. We will prioritise those who have come before as well as new players who have yet to get a place on previous workshops.

From previous players on their experience of the work:

“My experience as a company member has been essential to my development as a performer: I continue to be uniquely challenged and stretched by Annie’s demand for detail and total application.” Derbhle Crotty

“Working with Corn Exchange was crucial to my own development as both an actor and a writer. Their commitment to and unique style of actor training and development, coupled with the immersive worlds of pure storytelling that they explore in their work were vital to my own creative evolution.” Mark O’Halloran

“This technique creates amazing space for play; where the actor is invited to work in a world with endless possibilities and vast imagination while maintaining deep focus and clarity. It is rare that one learns so much while workshopping with a company and I have found their fundamental principles applicable to all of my subsequent endeavours as a performer.” Louise White

“You provided a space of absolute love and fun and creativity and I am really grateful, personally and professionally. There are so many wonderful people in this city to play with and the workshop made me realise how important it is to meet up with one another and explore what we can do with a mountain of energy and a bit of make-up!” Carla Bredin

“The work is specific, subversive and humane. It is exhilarating and challenging to explore as a performer and delightful to behold as a viewer.” Marian Quinn


Don't miss . . .

The Corn Exchange, in partnership with Ulster Bank, is proud to present

Through A Glass Darkly

adapted for the stage by JENNY WORTON
directed by ANNIE RYAN

Project Arts Centre
12th Nov - 5th December

Through A Glass Darkly is a vibrant, moving adaptation of the Oscar-winning film by legendary Swedish director Ingmar Bergman. Set on a dark, stony island this intimate, tightly condensed family drama depicts the unraveling of Karin – a young wife, older sister and an only daughter. Torn by the duty she feels for the men who love her and the inner voices that compel her towards freedom, Karin is faced with a choice that will alter her fate and that of her family.


Beth Cooke, Peter Gowen, Peter Gaynor and Colin Campbell

Tickets at Project Arts Centre:


The Corn Exchange would like to extend thanks to everyone involved in making A Girl is A Half-Formed Thing a success at 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe! We are beyond delighted to announce that we are the proud recipients of:

The Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award 2015
The Stage Acting Award for Aoife Duffin
The Scotsman Fringe First Award

In 2016 A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing will be touring in New York and the UK, including a six week run at The Young Vic in London.

Annie Ryan's stage adaptation of Eimear's novel has been published at Faber and Faber. Available at:

A Girl Is A Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride

Adapted for the stage and directed by Annie Ryan

Performed by Aoife Duffin
Music and sound design by Mel Mercier
Set design Lian Bell
Lighting by Sinéad Wallace
Costume by Katie Crowley

***** The Guardian
***** The Observer
***** The Financial Times
***** The Sunday Times
***** The List
***** Edinburgh Magazine

“Duffin’s powerhouse performance is a festival triumph”