The Bradley Theatre School provides theatrical training for young people. Our mission is to build our students confidence, imagination, creativity and interpersonal skills through drama and the creative arts.
We provide professionally-led weekly Creative Drama, Musical theatre and Speech and Drama classes for young people between the ages of 3 - 17. Our classes are held in The Greystones Studios, Greystones (above The Whale Theatre).
Our holistic approach to teaching means that all our students are treated as individuals with individual needs and their happiness and personal development is at the core of all our work.
Our students will have an opportunity to be involved in a wide variety of performance days, exams and drama festivals throughout our three-term teaching year.
The Bradley School runs three terms throughout the year. Each term consists of 10 weeks. We also hold Summer, Halloween and Easter camps during the school holidays.
Sarah Bradley has been a well-respected drama, singing and musical theatre teacher for over twelve years. She has taught in many leading stage schools and youth theatres in both Ireland and the UK. She also worked as the resident director of the West End musical, The Grinning Man, at the Trafalgar Studios Theatre, London.
She holds an M.A. in Directing from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, along with a B.A. in Drama and Theatre Studies, Trinity College Dublin. She is a qualified drama teacher for the Irish Board of Speech and Drama (Diploma of Associate) and in 2013 became a licentiate. This year she will be adjudicating the Kilcool Feis. She has extensive experience facilitating and directing youth theatre, having directed two national youth theatre connection plays and for a number of years, she worked closely with The Independent Youth Theatre and sat as a member of its committee, looking after the day to day running of the group. She has a passion for puppetry and studied puppet carving and manipulation in a puppetry school in Prague.
As a performer, Sarah has many accolades. Sarah has performed on many top Irish stages such as the Olympia, The Gaiety and the National Concert Hall. Her favourite role was playing Tinkerbell in the Gaiety panto. She has voiced many Irish cartoons and audiobooks including RTE's cartoon Jo and Jack and this Christmas co-wrote and co-hosted the RTE Jr Radio's Merry Quizmas show. She is also a talented puppeteer and has worked with Conor Lambert on his show the Snow Queen.
Sarah is also an extremely accomplished director. She has directed for many theatres in both Ireland and the UK and also many major theatre festivals. She is the current co-artistic director of Octopus Soup Theatre Company and regularly directs for this company. She was awarded the Elsa Roberts Award for Theatre Directing at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and recently received a commendation for directing ‘Still Here’ at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, by the Sunday Times National Student Drama Awards. Her work was also nominated for an Edinburgh amnesty international award.
Her directing credits include: All That We Found Here, In a Hoop, Still Here, The Ugly One, Falling, Dragon Scales, Drama Baby, Noodle, Pronoun, This is it, Debris, A Talent For Lying, Paudie, Grace and Maggie, The Winter’s Tale, Chatroom, SHOT, A Midsummer Fairy and Sexy Monologues.
Sarah's assistant directing credits include King Lear at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre (Dir. Tom Morris), The Madame McAdams Traveling Theatre at the Bristol Old Vic (Dir. Jenny Stephens), Jumpy by April De Angelis at Theatr Clwyd (Dir. Lisa Spirling) and The Ruff Guide to Shakespeare by Toby Hulse at the Redgrave Theatre, Bristol and The Egg Theatre, Bath (Dir. Toby Hulse and Hannah Drake).
Sarah has had a 100% drama student exam pass rate, with many of her students achieving distinction.
Emily Bradley has been teaching singing, dance and musical theatre for over six years.
Emily Bradley has been teaching singing, dance and musical theatre for over six years. She has trained in speech & drama and musical theatre since an early age and recently graduated with a B.A. in Musical Theatre and Musicianship from the world prestigious Royal Conservatory of Scotland. Along side her B.A. she holds a Diploma of Associate in Acting (Irish Board of Speech & Drama).
Emily is a strong actor-musician and has performed in many actor-musicals. She plays and teaches the guitar, bass, ukulele and mandolin.
Emily has extensive performance experience. She has performed live on BBC with Susan Boyle for the Red Nose Charity and has performed on The Royal Theatre in Glasgow for the Scottish Variety Show. She has also worked with the National Theatre of Scotland on a year-long site-specific project titled 'Tales to the Mall'. She has participated in several masterclasses with the UK's leading voice practitioner Nadin George and uses this technique in her teaching.
Emily has taught dance and drama in many primary, secondary and stage schools across Dublin and Meath. She has also staged and choreographed musicals such as Westside Story and Legally Blonde.
Ruth O'Donoghue holds a Licentiate Speech and Drama Teaching Diploma (Honours) from the Royal Irish Academy of Music
Ruth has been involved in Theatre from the tender age of 3 years old when she took to the stage in her first pantomime. She has a love of dance and of Musical Theatre and over the years took on roles such as Nellie in “South Pacific”, Julie Jordan in “Carousel” and Josie Cohan in “George M”. Other roles include Linda in "Stags and Hens", Maxine in "Stepping Out" and Chris in "Calendar Girls".
She has also worked as a voice-over artist on many Corporate videos and has worked as an entertainer with Shannon Castle Tours in both Bunratty and Knappogue Castles and was a cast member of the “Waterford Show” which ran for many years in the Large Room at City Hall, directed by RTE’s former Head of Music, Cathal McCabe, entertaining visitors from all over the world.
She spent some years in the USA where she worked with Restless Minds Productions in San Francisco, taking part in many rehearsed stage readings and played Evelyn in “American Irish” at the Exit Theatre.
She recently took part in a training workshop with the Abbey Theatre’s Community and Education Department in conjunction with the Ombudsman for Children, to assist in delivering primary school drama facilitation on Children’s Rights. Her qualifications include all grades through to bronze, silver and gold medals with London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (L.A.M.D.A.)
Liam McCarthy is a playwright, a drama and music teacher.
His love for the violin was first ignited as a seven-year-old student of the Limerick School of Music. Early concerts at the University Concert Hall as well as in Cork City Hall as part of European City of Culture celebrations left a lasting impression. While completing his grades with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in both the violin and piano, he was also a gold medallist at the Feile Luimní Music Festivals. He has played with many orchestras and ensembles throughout the country and he also sang with the Irish Youth Choir. Since graduating from Trinity College, Dublin he has worked in theatre at various levels with many leading theatre companies. He continues to incorporate his love for music into his dramatic work, most notably playing in productions of Sondheim's Sweeney Todd and in The Producers.
Over the last 10 years, he has worked in many schools and centres as a facilitator and drama teacher throughout Ireland, as well as in Spain, Italy and the USA. He is also an accomplished playwright. His plays include Network Diagnostics (recipient of the 2017 Window Award and nominated for the Nordic Fringe Network Award at Brighton Fringe), A Talent for Lying (Brighton and Camden Fringes, Dublin, Limerick), This Night (various radio stations) and Falling (Belltable, shortlisted Eamon Keane Award.) He has worked as an actor and writer in Ireland, the UK and in the USA with companies such as Druid Theatre, Traverse Theatre, Rough Magic, Island Theatre, Samuel Beckett Theatre, Selina Cartmell’s Siren Productions, the Zellerbach Playhouse, Cork Arts Theatre and with the Belltable: Connect programme. Liam is an associate artist of the Mick Lally Theatre with Druid, Galway. He has worked as an assistant programmer for the Ark, the Children’s Cultural Centre, Dublin, and has written for both a Younger Theatre and Broadway Baby. He co-founded Octopus Soup Theatre with Sarah Bradley in 2013. Liam studied Drama and English at Trinity College, Dublin, and at UC Berkeley, California.