Photography: J.P. Keating
This photobook is a celebration of the development and first full academic year of Ireland’s National Academy of Dramatic Arts. The conviction behind the statement ‘The Lir is Forever’ represents the vision and drive of the founders of The Lir.
Situated in Dublin’s Grand Canal Dock, in an exciting purpose-built theatre, The Lir is the fulfilment of the recognised need for an academy of excellence in Ireland. Within its walls, the immense talents of the country's emerging actors, playwrights, directors, designers and stage technicians, that had for so long been looking for a home, are nurtured by experienced and expert hands.
This book is the story of its development, from the fragile bud of the idea to the joyful festivities of the opening night and its first year of operations. Featuring evocative and atmospheric photographs by J.P. Keating, the endorsements of its many famed ambassadors such as Pierce Brosnan, Colin Farrell and Saoirse Ronan, and the statements of all those involved, ‘The Lir is Forever’ is a story of positivity and creativity.