Category: Theatre


Congratulations to everyone getting their awards today. As ever the presentations were a wonderful celebration of collective individual achievements. Thanks are extended to Caoimhe Walsh (ex student studying at Crawford, Cork), Mary Butler (BTEI Coordinator) and John Kavanagh (Ormonde College) for their support and help with the presentations. Thanks also to Barbara Wheeler-Connolly for her work today and throughout the year with all things FETAC.

Street Theatre Course – Abhaínn Rí Festival

– With Maríosa Hume from StageCraft Ireland

Physical Theatre work can enhance street and stage performance training. It explores various skills that can be used for comedy, mesmerising grandeur , solemn beauty or just simply thought-provoking moments and actions. This workshop will cover: character development, movement awareness and expression, improvisation, rhythm and stage presence… among many others.

The workshop develops:

– Street Performance Choreography
– Movement with circus props
– Object Manipulation
– Improvisation and dramatic play
– Introduction to Juggling, Diabolo and Staff.

This workshop is aimed at all abilities (16+) who wish to develop skills with circus props

Course Fee          €35
Course Dates      Nov 3 – 10 – 17 – 24 Dec 1- 8
Course Time       Saturday Morning 10 am – 1 pm
Venue                   The Friary, Mill Street, Callan
Subject to demand

To sign up

Call Caroline in KCAT 056-7755115
All fees due by 3 November

We have more festival training courses planned, if you would like to receive updates  join the Abhaínn Rí Training Mailing List

Abhainn Rí Training is an Inclusive Cultural Training Initiative developed by The Abhainn Rí Festival of Participation and Inclusion and is a project of Callan Community Network. Abhainn Rí Training is being delivered by KCAT with thanks to Callan Co-op. It  is funded by Kilkenny LEADER Partnership.


We’re a theatre company. One with a difference, we’re different. We’re innovative, exciting and inclusive. Inclusive in our case means that we’re a bunch of people with and without special needs and learning difficulties working together with other theatre professionals to make good work.

We have been invited to take our new play to this years Dublin Fringe Festival. We need a bit of help to make it a reality.

Please have a look at our fund:it project page here and help us take Dublin by storm.

Equinox Theatre Company was started in 2008 as part of KCAT Art & Study Centre. It has grown into a bold, beautiful, brilliant and brave ensemble. Artists with learning disabilities and other disadvantages work in
collaboration with other professional theatre practitioners to create work that challenges and delights both its makers and its audience.

“…a wholly refreshing approach to acting and theatre in Ireland, one that cuts across pedantic pretentiousness in favour of belief and passion and truly unparalleled deference to the telling of the tale.”
Irish Theatre Magazine


Another year, another set of hard earned, well deserved awards. KCAT recently held its intimate award ceremony to celebrate the achievements of their Theatre and Visual Art students.

Many thanks to Eileen Curtis CEO Co. Kilkenny VEC and John Kavanagh, Vice Principal Ormonde College the students were delighted to receive their FETAC level 5 certificates and awards.
KCAT is a unique model of Further Education promoting inclusive education, where all ages and abilities learn together in a supportive, caring environment, the centre currently offers learners the opportunity to study Theatre at FETAC levels 3 and 4 and Visual Art at levels 3, 4 and 5. There are a range of learning options to suit, so please contact Noortje on 0567755115, or for further details.

Great Reviews for ‘The Lost Prince’ and ‘Living Colour’

The recent outings for both the Equinox Theatre Company and Éamon Little’s filmed portrayal of the KCAT studio received superb and insightful reviews.

Written by Ken Bourke, ‘The Lost Prince’ was performed to a full house night after night in a series rapturously received sell-out shows.

The Irish Theatre Magazine’s Patrick Brennan was there and reviews it here,

Following its showing in Carlow, ‘Living Colour’ made its home in the IFI for a night as part of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival. Warmly praised and enjoyed by all, the night was attended by Éamon and many of the KCAT studio artists, and they graced the stage for a Q&A following the screening.

Reviews can be seen here,

and here,

Equinox Theatre Company presents

The Lost Prince

a new play by Ken Bourke

Cindy doesn’t care; about anyone or anything.
Across worlds, out of a story-book,
on an accidental wind comes Johann, the lost prince.
Apparently he’s rather, well…lost; and
really, he doesn’t seem to care, about anyone or anything.
Kitty’s at her wits end, and Tom’s given up.
But there is hope, because at the end of every story
there’s a happy ever after…isn’t there?
The Lost Prince is a story about a woman who falls into a

Equinox Theatre Company have teamed up with playwright Ken Bourke (Buck Jones and the Body Snatchers, The Hunt for Red Willie) and director Donal Gallagher (Six by Sundown, Red Lola) to bring you the world premier of this very special fairy tale…
Part of KCAT Art & Study Centre, Equinox are an inclusive company of actors, with and without special needs, dedicated to working in collaboration with other professional theatre artists, to create our own brand of inclusive theatre.

Equinox Theatre Company presents The Lost Prince

Thu 17th Feb & Fri 18th at 7.30pm
and on Fri 25th & Sat 26th Feb. at 7.30pm
Matinee Performance Thu 24th Feb. at 3pm

Cleere’s Theatre (back of Cleere’s pub) – opposite the Watergate, Parliament St, Kilkenny.

Bookings Joan @ 056 7755115 (9am-1pm Mon-Fri) or

For more information please contact Medb Lambert at

FETAC Level 5 Award Ceremony 2010

A huge congratulations to all those who graduated this year and were presented with their FETAC Level 5 certificates. All the hard work paid off! Well done to all the students from the Art and Theatre courses receiving awards. And KCAT would like to extend its thanks to both John Kavanagh and Helena Dunlop who presented the awards.

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