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Note: This was course was initially advertised as 5 days however due to unforeseen circumstances we have shortened the training to 3 days Mon 4th July - Wednesday 6th July 

Registrations: Now Open

Venue: The Crypt at St. Luke's Former Church, O'Mahony's Avenue, St. Luke's Cross, Cork

Dates & Times

Monday July 4th Start Time 10am - 5.30pm

Tuesday July 5th Start Time 9.30am - 5.30pm

Wednesday July 6th Start Time 9.30am - 5.30pm

Level Suitable for all levels
Ages: 18+
Full 3 Day Course Price: €144.00 
10% Concession (Students and Unwaged) use Discount Code at check out: CFCONC10% 


An invaluable tool for performers, Commedia dell’Arte is a deeply physical improvisational theatre technique that finds story by going deep into the heart of characters, where all the trouble is.

For over twenty years, Annie Ryan has evolved this rigourous and wildly fun training alongside hundreds of actors in Dublin into its own unique form, inviting fully embodied play with bravery, compassion and precision. 

Beginning each morning with a gentle yoga practice, Annie will move the group on to the floor, introducing the core principles of the style through ensemble-based improvisation games and progress toward exploration of characters and their worlds, what makes them and breaks them.

 “This unique style of actor training and development, coupled with the immersive worlds of pure storytelling that Corn Exchange explores in their work were vital to my own creative evolution.” 

Mark O’Halloran, actor and writer


 “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.” 

Louise White, theatre-maker and performer


Registration protocols


Contactless Paperwork 

- All first time user forms (Circus Factory Waiver, Medical History, Emergency Contacts) are required to be filled out online through our new booking system (we have integrated with GoTeamUp booking software) before booking a class. You will be led through these forms after selecting to purchase a class. 

Covid Symptom Checks 

- If you are experiencing Covid symptoms or are isolating from either testing positive or awaiting test results  please do not attend class. 

You can find out more about covid symptoms and what actions you should take at https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/covid19/symptoms/overview/

Cancellation Policy. 

Up to 21 days before the start date and we can reimburse you 100%

Less than 21 days and up to 7 days before the start date we can reimburse 50%

Less than 7 days before the start date we cannot offer refunds.

Waiting Lists

Should the course be full and you would like to join a waiting list please email contact@circusfactorycork.com with your request

In the event that Circus Factory requires to cancel a class at any time, all registered users will be fully reimbursed.


Unfortunately Circus Factory cannot be responsible for, or hold onto lost property for any duration of time.