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Details of 2019/2020 classes


Little People, Big Voices, opened in April 2006 due to the ever growing demand from parents wishing their children were involved with a Drama group that did not focus on a end of year production but on voice and elocution.  The school provides lively classes in voice work and drama for students between the ages of 4 – 18. “Acting up” was formed in 2009 for senior students who had out grown “Little People, Big Voices”

All classes take place in excellent secure facilities.

I am fully Garda vetted and have my child protection policy in place. I am also a member of and chairperson/president of Speech and Drama Ireland.





Timetable as follows:

All times are subject to change depending on class sizes. We will do our best to accommodate siblings.



ATHLONE GAA CENTRE Ballymahon Road, Athlone

3:45-4:30  Ages 4-6

4:30-5:15  Ages7-9

5:15-6:00  Ages 10-12

6:00-6:45  Secondary School



TUAR ARD, THEATRE  Main Street, Moate.

3:45-4:30 Ages 5-7

4:30-5:15 Ages 8-11

5:15-6:00 Ages 12+




 3:45-4:30 Ages 4-6

 4:30-5:15 Ages 7-9

 5:15-6:00 Ages 10-12




4:00-4:45  Ages 4-7

4:45-5:30  Ages 8-11

5:30-6:15  Ages 12+




11:45-12:30 Ages 4-7

12:30-1:15 Ages 8-10

1:15-2:00  Ages 11+



Two presentations are offered each year for family and friends. One takes the form of  “ Halloween party”  demonstration of class work and provides students with an opportunity to write their own material if they wish, this takes place at Halloween and costumes are encouraged as this helps new students to overcome fears and stage fright. The other presentation is at Christmas, here we have a recital of group work, solo dramas and rehearsed pieces of drama theatre which allows students to gain experience as performers, introduces them to the performing arts and allows them to express themselves and gain poise and self-confidence. This takes place at class venues, we may visit Seniors citizens or go carol singing, The second term we concentrate on exams, students are encouraged to take the exam with the Leinster School of Speech and Drama. These are usually held in Glasson Heritage Centre the end of May. The fee for each term is €140 and this is paid at the beginning of term. During class the emphasis is on enjoyment and confidence building. The classes are a fun way for children to express themselves and gain confidence while developing performance skills through the various disciplines of drama. The classes will encourage and enhance a love of poetry and drama in a cheerful and uncompetitive environment for children. The classes will also improve children’s ability to communicate through the use of mime, movement, improvisation, public speaking, breathing exercises and theatre games.

 All classes are subject to availability ages are given as a guide, we will do our best to accommodate any parents with siblings.  Since class size is 10 children, classes are also on a first come, first served basis. The reason for small numbers is that we can concentrate on diction and individual attention while having enough to do group work and games!!

Director  Mary Whelan Fox


I have been teaching Speech and Drama since 2006. I studied with Ann Simpson at the Leinster School of Music, Speech & Drama in Griffith College, Dublin. 

Member and currently on the board of Speech and Drama Teachers of Ireland

I love teaching and hope my passion shows in my work. I try to make learning fun and my students have enjoyed success in the Leinster School of Music & Drama Examinations including the excellence awards, Irish Board of Speech and Drama Public Speaking exams, Poetry Ireland Annual Competition,  Speech & Drama Teachers of Ireland Feis and Festivals.


Any enquiries contact me on 087 8941197 or my email