Drama Competition 

Act Your Rights aims to help children to become more aware of their rights and explore how rights are reflected in their everyday lives. It offers an innovative and enjoyable way to talk about rights with 4th-6th class students through discussion, drama and art.

We’d like your school to create a short drama piece, 10 minutes max, on the theme of Children’s Rights.

Three overall winners will be selected by the Ombudsman for Children’s Office and Abbey Theatre for Best Ensemble, Best Script and Best Direction.

The children will perform the winning pieces on the Peacock Stage this September.

To take part, simply email a 3 minute clip of your drama to rightscompetition@abbeytheatre.ie along with a short summary of the plot.

The deadline for this is Wednesday 30 May.

  • Three winning dramas will per performed on the existing Peacock set
  • Props and furniture should be minimal and easy to transport
  • Please focus on costume to set your scene

Online Resources 

The following links will help you to create your drama:

Act Your Rights Materials

Ombudsman for Children Website

If you would like contact details for theatre facilitators nationwide who can deliver part/all of the drama-based activities, please email phil.kingston@abbeytheatre.ie

If you have any questions regarding Act Your Rights or require further information, please contact the OCO Education and Participation team on (01) 865 6800.

Here are some guides on how to create drama in the classroom:

Schools Drama Competition, Part 1
Schools Drama Competition, Part 2
Schools Drama Competition, Part 3
Schools Drama Competition, Part 4
Schools Drama Competition, Part 5