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Friars’ Gate Theatre & Arts

Contact: Kate Hammond

Email: friarsgate@eircom.net

Website: www.friarsgate.ie

Telephone: 063 98727


Friars’ Gate Theatre

For me, drama enhances how you express your feelings. Working with the Shoulder to Shoulder project has been a great experience for me and I am really excited looking forward to the play.

Gabrielle Hortaleza, aged 15


Friars’ Gate Theatre

The drama is very different to anything I have ever done before. I have learned things that I never knew about or thought about. We have discussed identity, racism, discrimination. People come to our country from poor countries or countries who are experiencing civil war and who have no choice but to leave.

Martin McCormack, aged 16

Friars’ Gate Theatre is supported by the European Integration Fund to deliver      Shoulder to Shoulder: Integration through the Arts. 

The project delivers drama workshops to young people and  women’s groups in  the      Limerick City  and  County  region.  These ‘process drama’ workshops are designed to promote integration and to foster intercultural understanding between Irish people and Third Country National people.  The workshops create a safe place for participants to express their identity and to explore interculturalism together.
The project works directly with post primary schools and migrant-led organisations. 
Friars’ Gate Theatre also collaborates with local service providers such as the County Council, the VEC and Foróige. 



The X-Factory from Barry Flinn on Vimeo.


This project completed in December 2012.


Case Study

In addition to our regular workshops with Third Country National groups, Shoulder to Shoulder set up integration drama workshops for secondary schools.  The title of these drama workshops was The Arrival.  The workshops were developed to promote intercultural understanding and empathy amongst young people.  The workshops explored issues about migration and racist attitudes towards migrants. 

During each workshop, young people participated in a role play exercise which recreated the immigration process for a newly arrived migrant.  Students created their own stories to reflect the challenges of integration and the barriers to belonging in a new country.  This exercise created a neutral space for the students to engage with issues like migration and stereotyping.  Each workshop lasted two hours.
The Arrival was delivered to 260 participants aged between 12 and 16 years.  Our workshop package included fact sheets and follow on activities for teachers.
To facilitate this action we worked with the VEC, the Limerick Integration Working Group and local secondary schools.