ALâ is a personal, social and community development organization founded in Galway, Ireland, in 2004. It is an inclusive, not for profit, membership run organisation, with charitable status. It uses theatre, arts and education as developmental tools
ALâ is pleased to announce that it has been shortlisted for the Aontas Connaught Star Award for 2013 for the promotion of lifelong learning. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the organisations and individuals without whose support this prestigious shortlisting would not have been possible. Thank you.
Since its founding in Ballybane, Galway, in 2004, ALâ has provided:
Weekly drama workshops,
Approximately 50 workshops and public performances each year for the past 8 years, attended by an average of 20 local people, including people with disabilities. These shows were performed in many venues in Galway City & County, Waterford, Ennis and Enistymon
Theatre of the Oppressed facilitation skills courses for countrywide community workers and educators:
Twenty eight participants 2006 FETAC 5
Twenty eight participants 2009
Thirty participants 2011 FETAC 5.
Thirty two participants – Arras Eanna Theatre For Change workshops & Performances 2011
Twenty six participants five day 2012.
Twenty Participants Introduction to Theatre of the Oppressed – Cork City
Fifteen participants Introduction to Theatre of the Oppressed – Paul Partnership Limerick
Currently organising Rainbow of Desire course March 2013.
Fifteen participants Introduction to Theatre of the Oppressed for Southill Area Centre Limerick
Facilitators included the best in Europe including Julian Boal, Paris & Brazil, Gavin Crichton, Edinbourgh, Adrian Jackson, London, Annette Tierney, Sligo, Yanna Linstrom, Sweden, Mary Duffin, Peter Hussey, Kildare, Marie Aherne & Adentom Adeleye, ALâ.
Forum Theatre Outreach workshop & performance projects:
Ten Asylum Seekers – Lisbrook House -
Fifteen participants – Inclusion project – ARD Family Resource Ctr
Sixteen participants – three two and a half hour workshops – Westside CDP
Ten participants – Age Inclusion - Galway Active Retired Associations
Fourteen participants – Intergenerational – Westside CDP
Sixteen participants – Wellbeing Project – Merlin Park Hospital Day Care Centre
Twenty five participants – Intergenerational – CROI Na Gaillimhe
ALa are planning in conjunction with the following Forum Theatre projects
Homeless people with Galway Simon Community 2013
Women Issues with Galway Rape Crisis Centre
Forum Theatre performances
Crucified Ireland – performed in Galway City venues
School Bully performed in Galway City schools and Athenry
Invisible Scars – Domestic abuse – performed in various Galway City venues
Divide and Conquer for environmental groups 2012.