Creative Writing Testimonial

Amy is an inspiration! I took part in her Act the Maggot class and
creative writing class 3 years ago. What a fabulous opportunity to reach your inner creativity, in a safe, nurturing environment. Loved every minute of it. 
Liz Price

Thanks for that Liz. It’s not me, it’s you! If you are reading this and thinking about jumping off the cliff and writing on your way down why not give me a call or a text 0873744926 or

Our next creative writing class starts Tuesday, May 10 for 6 weeks in Rathmines (7.30-9.30pm) €180 per course.

Hennessy New Writing Awards

This should be of interest to beginner writers out there and provide some inspiration and future reading lists. Here is a link to a short article featuring the nominees for this year’s Hennessy 2016 Literary Awards. There is a nice blurb about each writer in their category and the focus in on beginnings, how their story was inspired, what was it’s organic starting point. Interesting stuff. Best of luck to Niall McArdle and Nathalie Ryan. If you are keen to find a good writing group in Dublin, why not try our next course starting May 10th, 2016.

If your dreams don’t scare you they aren’t big enough!

Sometimes we just need to be in the company of like-minded people to be reminded of our dreams and aspirations. It’s easy to get lazy and sluggish and forget some of the goals we used to have before life got in the way. Beginner acting classes help inspire confidence and clear thinking. Mindfulness meditation can help calm the mind in order to see clearly and make exciting plans. Creative writing helps get those hidden stories onto the page and gets the brain flowing with ideas again, especially in the group context with other adults. Remember to act the maggot as often as possible. It keeps us fresh, energetic and young at heart.

Another Beginners Acting Class done and dusted!

IMG_2802Yes, indeed, another crop of maggots finished up last night and, as usual, they surprised and entertained with great material and performances, not to mention the really way-out, hilarious improvisations they did – taking it to a whole new level! Well done. You should all be so happy and proud of yourselves. If you want, click here for information on upcoming courses.

Read our recent testimonials

“Act the maggot took me to a place I haven’t been since I was a child. A place of pure joy. You meet great people from all walks of life and form firm friendships. I got to express myself in a way that I could never do in any conventional adult learning scenario and it made me feel like I was 10 feet tall.”

“Act The Maggot has been a fantastic and worthwhile experience. Highly recommended.”

“I felt alive and it carried me through the following mundane days at work. I imagine it’s what Clark Kent felt while working for the newspaper. Outside he had to be boring but inside he was superman. That’s how Amy’s class made me feel.”

Wow. The feedback has been great from our recent Improver’s Course. See more testimonials here.

New mindfulness workshop, Saturday, May 28, 2016

CarpeWe are delighted to announce a new date for our MIND YOURSELF workshop.
It will take place on Saturday afternoon from 2.30pm – 5pm at Parker Hill, Rathmines, Dublin 6.
Click here, for more information.

Beginners courses starting May 2016

BEGINNERSBeginners Acting for Adults
Thursdays 7.30-9.30pm – May 5th to June 9th, 2016
Runs for 6 weeks at Temple Bar Gallery – €180
To book, call 087 374 4926 or

ScribblerTuesdaysBeginners Creative Writing for Adults
Tuesdays 7.30-9.30pm – May 10th to June 14th, 2016
Runs for 6 weeks in Parker Hill, Rathmines – €180
To book, call 087 374 4926 or

New Creative Writing Class – May 10th, 2016

ScribblerTuesdaysOur next 6-week Beginner’s Creative Writing class is starting in Rathmines on Tuesday, May 10th 7.30-9.30pm.

Do people and their stories fascinate you? Do you enjoy playing with words? Need some help to get cracking? This class might be for you. Why not, come along for a weekly scribble with a fun, sociable group of people in very cool surroundings? We aim to have a bit of craic while learning a few tricks of the writing trade. We don’t take ourselves too seriously but if you happen to be the next Joyce, Hemingway or Stephen King….we will certainly appreciate your presence! Join us for the writing class with the Act The Maggot twist! All types of budding writers welcome – poets, storytellers, playwrights, scriptwriters, bloggers, diarists, novelists. We all have to start somewhere right – so start with Act The Maggot and develop good habits in a supportive environment.

– €180 per course. To book your place, call 087 374 4926 or write to us at

Dolores Clown’s OutRAGEous Fortune


DoloresClownWell known clown artist, Carol Walsh is back with a new piece called OutRAGEous Fortune which opens at Smock Alley’s gorgeous Boy’s School space this week. I am very much looking forward to seeing Dolores in action. Apparently, she is steaming because her Shakespearean audition did not go down so well. Get ready for some angry clown that will no doubt have you in tears. Book your tickets now and if you fancy it, have a read of Carol Walsh’s blog post on what it means to be a clown. Act The Maggot is a big supporter of homegrown independent theatre and film productions. Break limbs this week, Dolores!

OutRAGEous Fortune,
A Clown Show for Adults.
Smock Alley Theatre (Boys School),
12th -14th April @ 8.00 pm.
Tickets €14 / €12 concession.
Photography & Design: Ste Murray Photography & Design.