Anthony Goulding

Dramatist, Screenwriter, Playwright
Creative Writing Workshop, Master Class
Age Group
5 - 6, 7 - 10, 11-15, 16 - 18
Primary, Post Primary
Works in English ONLY
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Mornings, Afternoons

Publications/Repertoire/Productions & Background Experience

Anthony trained as an actor at Bull Alley and Manchester Metropolitan University. He has completed Artstrain (Youth Theatre Ireland) and a certificate in Youth Arts (NYCI).

Anthony is an experienced playwright and screenwriter based in Dublin. His first play, Green, was nominated for Best New Play in The ESB/Irish Times Theatre Awards in 1997.

Since then his plays Tell Tales, Complexity, On the Batter, and FAT DAD have been produced professionally and directed by Vanessa Fielding. He was artist in residence in Vesuvius Theatre Company from 1997-99.

In 2010, Anthony co-founded his own youth theatre; Complex Youth Theatre and remains its Artistic Director. Since its foundation, Anthony has led the devising process for and directed eight productions for CYT, including Dubs, Her Eyes They Shone Like Diamonds and The Gaff. CYT have also produced several short films, including 13 Articles and Slugs. He is currently directing CYT’s new production for 2020; 100 Seconds To Midnight.

His screenplay, Bumble’s Burden, featuring Tommy Tiernan was shown at Galway Film Festival, Belfast, and on BBC2. He has written for radio; Put ‘Em Under PressureThe Mourning of Malachai, and Come On Out Carol.  He has also specialized in storytelling and drama for young people with Glen The Greenkeeper. He was artist in residence with Drogheda Youth Theatre for two years, in 2010 and 2011.

Anthony has also worked regularly as a drama facilitator with Cabra for Youth, Stoneybatter Youth Service, Connect, Tallaght MC Teens and Clondalkin Youth Service. He also facilitates drama and creative writing in schools, such as devising and co-writing Asking for What? with TY Students of Stanhope Street, Girls Secondary School, performed at The Abbey Theatre in 2019. He has facilitated regularly for the Abbey Theatre, including the highly successful, Me, Mollser. He has been on the “Writers in Schools” panel with Poetry Ireland since 2010. He has also facilitated a number of creative writing workshops on the Arts Council’s “Writers in Prisons Scheme”.

Session Details

There are several creative techniques I use to engage participants. In particular, I use an Aristotelian method of creating narratives (Central Character, Conflict, Plot, Theme and Resolution), which is easily accessible to young people. Young people create their own stories, which allows participants to create a history, a purpose, a world in which to live. A good story should contain the five elements Aristotle spoke of and I facilitate the participants to explore well known children’s stories (The Gruffalo for example) and deconstruct the story by implementing and dissecting the five elements. When the methodology of the five elements is understood, I facilitate the participants to begin their own creative journeys to create their own stories. The creative worlds can be further explored in drama workshops, creating narratives and scenarios with other characters or via the writing process.

I am also trained in the Pre-Texts method, which is a technique to make learning more challenging and fun. It encourages learners to read more by treating reading as a creative activity. I have completed two projects using this method (with Complex Youth Theatre and Wheatfield Prison).

Availability Details

Monday To Friday, Morning and Afternoons

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