Five years have passed since the idea of Blue Diamond Drama Academy was first muted and despite all the pre-planning and structural development of the founders of the charity, few could have envisaged the challenge of Covid-19 and its impact on social gathering not only in Ireland but world-wide.
It would seem that the first chink of bright light has come over the horizon, I am of course referring to the roll-out of vaccines for the HSE category of our students and actors. The possibility of on-stage performances may be here before the end of 2021, and that is something to look forward to….
The idea for Blue Diamond began when Dr Anthony and Mrs Susan Walsh witnessed first-hand the lack of opportunities for young adults with an intellectual disability and a talent and passion for drama. In 2016, they established the Blue Diamond Drama Academy to offer students their ‘big break’ and simultaneously change societal perceptions.
We aim to provide a two year, third level Drama training programme for adults with intellectual disabilities. We are committed to the empowerment and development of talented individuals through the medium of drama and theatre. We are dedicated to providing students with the opportunity to develop their inherent talents, achieve their full potential and pave the way for a future career in drama and the arts.
Blue Diamond Drama Academy opened its doors in October 2016 with the first troupe of acting students. An extensive, stimulating and varied curriculum of drama and performing arts commenced. Following the academic year, our first intake of students graduated in June 2018.