Education

The Armagh Rhymers have been working in both English and Irish language schools throughout Ireland for over 40 years.   It is our philosophy that every young person has a right to experience live music, drama and the arts as part of their education.   We encourage a high level of participation from the students in drama, music and storytelling.   A major focus of our work is to promote tolerance and understanding through education.   “Over us all is the self-same sky”

Our workshops and performances are designed to cover many aspects of the school curriculum.   We can also tailor projects to cover specific topics.   In 2011 our arts and science project ‘OASES’ received an international UNAWE award.

Our projects on the Irish Famine and the Viking period in Ireland also received critical acclaim.  Our performances help the students develop music appreciation, confidence through performance and important social skills.  Most importantly our shows are fun as well as educational.

We also work extensively in special needs education.  Here our performances encourage students of every ability to express themselves and participate in activities.  We put a great emphasis on social engagement, identity and working within a group. 

“I thought the workshop organisation and delivery was wonderful. All my children were eager
participants. Thank you, please come again.”

Cranmore Integrated Primary School

“Very entertaining. Children were enthused and engaged! Great that it was interactive and there were lots of opportunities for children to participate. Rhymers had a lovely way with the young children. Thanks for a great morning!”

St Patricks Primary School, Burrenreagh

“Children were engaged and entertained the entire time. Teachers were impressed with the range
of activities, the maximum participation and the content for learning.”

St Mary’s Primary School
 Mullaghbawn

“Fantastic show – full of energy, fun and participation. Rhymers had wonderful rapport with the
children. A day they will remember for a long time. Rhymers had excellent awareness of disabilities
and working caringly and sympathetically with the young people to get the very best from them.”

Fleming Fulton, Special Needs School

Our services include:

 

  • Drama, music, dance, traditional games and storytelling tailored to meet children’s needs
  • Wonderful opportunities for special needs children to express themselves
  • All year round curriculum linked and project based programmes
  • A great local cultural experience for newcomer children
  • Encourages inclusivity
  • Bi-lingual workshops and performances
  • Art, drama and music workshops
  • Inter schools projects, Shared Education, CRED, extended schools

The shows and workshops include:

The Enormous Turnip (K.S. 1 & 2)

A traditional tale on the importance of sharing and respect.  A very polished piece of storytelling and totally hilarious. Children will love to retell and illustrate the story.

 

Brian Boru and the Vikings (K.S. 1 & 2)

Children get excellent opportunities for drama and mime and interaction with their audience.  Great for cultural heritage as we probably all have a little Viking in us!

 

The Giants Garden (K.S. 1 & 2)

A classic story inspired by Oscar Wilde.  A beautiful theme with lots of opportunities for follow-up work in literacy and art.

The Old Mummers Show (K.S. 1, 2,3 & 4)

This is comedy at its traditional best!  Amazing characters, masks and costumes. A great musical sing-along and a real chance for the children to join in.  Very inspiring for artistic follow-up.

 

Myth and Mask (K.S. 3 & 4)

‘Ancient Ireland indeed, I was reared by her bedside.’  These words by Tyrone poet John Montague start this ritual performance.  The sounds of bells, bones and bodhrans accompany extracts from the works of Michael Longley, Ciaran Carson, John Hewitt, Patrick Kavanagh and Seamus Heaney.  ‘This show is the real thing, a glorious example of Irish heritage’, John Gleeson – Director of Irish Studies, University of Wisconsin.

 

Fionn MacCool and the Scottish Giant (K.S. 1)

Our most loved folk tale about how the Giant’s Causeway came into being.  Younger Children love this action packed presentation full of opportunities for participation, music and movement.

 

The Navan Dragon (K.S. 2)

A great tale which crosses continents and overcomes adversity.  There is a twist in this Chinese dragon’s tail. Lovely storytelling featuring King Connor of Navan Fort, his jewels and the quest for a solution to a very tricky problem.  Very stimulating for follow-up in a wide range of subjects – geography, the Celts, mythology, art and literacy.

 

How Cú Chulainn got his name (K.S. 2)

One of the most important stories of Irish Mythology.   Great characters such as Setanta/Cú Chulainn, King Connor, The Red Branch Knights and Cullen the blacksmith are wonderfully brought to life in a story of overcoming adversity and cooperation.  Great opportunities for children to participate and an inspiring story for follow-up in Mythology and literacy.