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Welcome to Speech & Drama Athlone

The benefit of Speech and Drama is twofold: each student who attends a drama class should learn to have an appreciation of drama, acting and theatre but in a relaxed and friendly environment where the needs of the individual student are catered for. Students  work on theatre games, improvisation, scripts, mime, movement etc. but will also gain confidence, improve their social skills and work on inner development.

The basic priority of the Speech Class is the development of the voice. This will involve each student working on relaxation, breathing, resonance and articulation, but again in a relaxed atmosphere. The benefit of the Speech Class is that each student will work towards acquiring a clear, interesting voice and good communication skills, but will also have the reward of having completed an exam.

Students will be entered for grade examinations with The Leinster School of Music, Speech and Drama in Effective Communications, Public Speaking, Solo Acting and Speech and Drama. These exams are optional. Of course, beginners are always welcome!

Little People Big Voices

Learning and Laughing do go together! Through my unique style, creative movement and communication games, young children develop the confidence and skill to express their own ideas. And because the classes are such fun, Little People want to come back week after week!

Children love to play make-believe, especially when there’s a grown-up who wants to join in. I feel it is very important that we are all part of the one group, not me and them! I use a wonderful storytellers guide where the young actors step inside the story, become a characters, and bring the imagined world to their lives.

Intro to Speech & Drama

 Elocution, Speech and Drama

  • Great Fun!
  • Develops an Awareness of Performance Skills.
  • Develops an Awareness of Working with Others and Team Spirit.
  • Provides an Introduction to Drama and Literature.
  • Encourages Individual Creative Styles.
  • Develops the Voice and Personal Awareness.
  • Improves Clarity and Fluency of Speech.
  • Improves Communications.
  • Increases Confidence.
  • Develops very important Interpersonal Skills.


Knowing how to speak with clear diction and how to enunciate well makes one much more responsive to different situations and people from all walks of life.

It gives added flexibility and boasts one’s confidence, as one feels more like an equal in conversations, allows one to steer conversations and also opens the door to any career and project’s a professional imagine.

The lessons adopt a fun approach towards learning and I incorporate various different methods towards teaching, for example games, activities, cooperative learning, and role play, instead of just lecturing.


Catherine – Glasson

My daughter is very shy so I started sending her to Speech and Drama. After one term with Mary even her school teacher has commented on the change in her. She participates more in class and is volunteering more information in school. This is all thank to Mary’s approach to each student’s unique personality.

Maura O Brien – Ballinasloe

My grand daughter Jessica has attended speech and drama class with Mary in Ballinasloe. She has been a great role model and a positive influence for all her students. The weekly classes have helped her confidence, improved her speech, and enabled her to communicate in an easy, relaxed manner. She loves going to class with all her school friends and enjoys all the games and improvisations. Every child develops at their own pace with “Mad Mary”

Olive – Moate

Classes with Mary  for the past 10 years in Elocution, Speech and Drama have given my 2 daughters a wonderful opportunity to learn and express themselves freely in a creative and safe and stimulating environment. They thoroughly enjoy attending the classes. The skills and techniques they have acquired coupled with their growth in confidence and self esteem is evident with their secondary school work, public speaking, debating and their grade exams with Leinster School of Drama.

Fiona Carmody – Athlone

I have watched my son Bill, develop and grow into a confident teenager under the guidance of Mary. The encouragement and generosity of time to students is marvellous. The teaching structure, supervision, direction and techniques have benefited Bill in all aspects of his life, especially for presentation skills in the new English Junior Cycle Exam. He has been nominated for the Leinster School Excellence Awards, reached the finals in Poetry Aloud competition, been awarded trophies and medals at Feiseanna for Public Speaking, Poetry and Drama.

Sandra Lennon – Athlone

My two girls, Amy and Aoife have done Speech and Drama with Mary for two years and are so excited about starting their third. The difference between their first and second feis was outstanding with both winning a trophy and medals this year. Their confidence has improved so much and are more willing to recite their poems for friends. They were both awarded medals from the examiner in their exams this year. They have gone from strength to strength thanks to Mary’s interest in teaching them in her “fun” way. They love Mary.

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