Sold Out!

tootootBoth Sept 14 Level 1 beginners acting class and Sept 7 Level 2 acting class are now completely full. The next Level 1 beginners acting class will run from Nov 2 to Dec 7. Contact us at to book your spot. Our Level 3 acting class will kick off Oct 19 and will finish on Nov 30. There will be another Level 2 class in March 2018. Booking is now open also for Tuesday night classes: Beginners Creative Writing (Sept 26), Beginners Drawing (Sept 26) and Beginners Screenwriting (Oct 3). Get looking and get booking maggots. Places fill fast.

New testimonials on Mind Yourself workshop

shouldersThanks to all the participants who came along yesterday to the introductory workshop in mindfulness meditation. Take a look at some of their comments.

“Amy offered great tips and quick exercises to move you towards Zen in minutes. I learned meditation can be easy and accessible to everyone. Time very well spent.”

“I really enjoyed this course. It’s a great introduction to the fundamental concepts and practice of mindfulness, or as in my case, a refresher course, having done a bit of it years ago. Amy is very professional, warm and informative and makes it all very accessible. I feel like I can make a real start on this based on the course and the suggested reading and research materials. I’d certainly recommend it.”

“I really enjoyed Amy’s approach to meditating. She was extremely informative but made it seem practical and also fun. She gave great references and we did a wide variety of excerises so everyone felt they could at least adopt something at home. I’d highly recommend this class to anyone who is looking for an introduction to meditating.”

Gateway launches Creative Writing booklet

quote3-wAct The Maggot is thrilled to have been invited to deliver a month of Creative Writing sessions to the longstanding writers’ group at Gateway Mental Health Association. It was an absolute pleasure to work with such a talented bunch. We even got to help members prepare for a public reading of their own written work. We wish them the best of luck launching their Creative Writing booklet in Rathmines Library on March 10th, 2017.

NEW March/April evening classes booking now.

tootootNewsflash. Act The Maggot is offering a bunch of new, fun evening classes at the end of March and after Easter, 2017. Take a look around if you are interested in Creative Writing, Beginners’ Acting or try our brand new Introduction to Screenwriting. Also, if you have some acting experience already and fancy getting up on stage, consider joining our Improvers Acting class where you can focus your energies on a character and work on a monologue for performance. Later in the Spring, we will be introducing a new Acting – Level 3 class and a fun Drawing for Beginners class. There is also talk of a Creativity Retreat somewhere beautiful in Ireland. C’mon join the Maggot Machine! Keep your eyes peeled for our posters about town and on our Twitter and Facebook feeds for more news and info on creative happenings in Dublin and beyond. Happy Weekend. Read our testimonials to help make your decision.

One Moment Meditation

Curious to know and understand more about mindfulness and meditation? Want to learn in some easy steps? Take a look at this really helpful video explainer on how to meditate. Think about joining us on one of our Mind Yourself Mornings this year.

Friday Poem: When I Met My Muse

When I Met My Muse

I glanced at her and took my glasses
Off –- they were still singing. They buzzed
like a locust on the coffee table and then
ceased. Her voice belled forth, and the
sunlight bent. I felt the ceiling arch, and
knew that nails up there took a new grip
on whatever they touched. “I am your own
way of looking at things,” she said. “When
you allow me to live with you, every
glance at the world around you will be
a sort of salvation.” And I took her hand.

Stafford, William, An Oregon Message, 1987

Last-minute Maggots apply here!

So we are almost ready for lift off with the 2017 maggot machine and we are excited about the numbers and variety of people signing up so far. There are a few remaining places on next Thursday’s Beginner’s Acting class and the following Tuesday’s Creative Writing class. Read up on us and take a look at the testimonials to inform your choice. Each course is six weeks only and costs €180. Send us a mail to if you want to hop aboard.

Writing Tip for the day!

“If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write”. – Somerset Maugham

We like this quote from novelist Somerset Maugham. It’s true. It’s all about story and character. For those starting out, we often say, if you can talk, then you can write. It’s a simple as that and the quote underneath is particularly poignant when it comes to writing. quote4-w

Consider Joining our next beginners’ creative writing class. Fancy embarking on a new, fun hobby this winter. It’s laid back and it’s a lot of fun. You will get to write in every class and read out what you have written if you want. Come on, let’s get those creative juices flowing. You’ve tonnes of things you want to put into words right? Let 2017 be your year.

New Year, New You!

Yes indeed. Only a few days now before another new year dawns. What are your resolutions for 2017? Have you often thought about trying an acting class? Would you like to try creative writing? Want to go on stage? Did you know that tapping into your creativity will improve your mood and your productivity? So many Act The Maggot students say they can see the difference in how they approach their work and their personal lives during and after the beginner’s acting class. In just six short weeks, you can build confidence, meet new people and have lots of fun to kick off 2017. Try it. Go on, surprise yourself! to book your spot.
Read more about the Beginner’s Acting class in Temple Bar (six Thursdays) starting January 26th.
Read more about the Beginner’s Creative Writing class in Rathmines (six Tuesdays) starting January 31st.
Read more about the Improver’s Acting class (Level 2) in Rathmines (six Tuesdays) starting January 24th.

Read our testimonials

2017 Creative Writing and Acting classes booking now!

Beginners Creative Writing – Tuesdays, 7.30pm-9.30pm,
Rathmines, Jan 31-March 7 – €180 for queries and bookingquote3-w
Beginners Acting – Level 1 Thursdays, 7.30pm-9.30pm,
Temple Bar, Jan 26-March 2- €180 for queries and booking
ComfortImprovers Acting – Level 2 Tuesdays, 7.30pm-9.30pm,
Rathmines, Jan 24 – Feb 28- €180
There will be a Monologue Showcase to live audience. for queries and bookingimg_2803.jpgIntermediate Acting – Level 3 – Thursdays, 7.30pm-10pm.
Venue and dates not confirmed – €200
Scene study. There will be a Duologue Showcase to live audience. This class will commence at the end of Marchboom for queries and booking