Breaking Barriers Theatre Group

Breaking Barriers is a fun, collaborative theatre group that supports individuals with neuro-physical disabilities to develop their confidence through drama. Group meet-up’s are held weekly in our fully accessible centre in Ovens, Co. Cork. As well as weekly classes & outings during term, there is a big show to prepare for.  

We have three groups, children, youths (teenagers) & adults. Breaking Barriers runs two terms per year, starting in the September and January, and is led by the brilliant Lead Facilitator Donna O’Keeney, with support from Ciara O’Neill and Aisling O’Kane.

Breaking Barriers is delivered as part Crann’s Social Capital services in our Model of Care. It is linked closely with the Psychological Wellbeing and Education & Career Pathways programmes, by creating social connections and supporting our participants mental health, and exploring their interest in further education or a career in the arts.

Activities are designed to support clients as they work towards their goals by providing opportunities to:

  • Express feelings & work on emotional development
  • Socialise and build friendships
  • Be spontaneous and expressive
  • Build confidence and self-esteem
  • Tell stories
  • Improve communication skills
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Breaking Barriers  is a proud member of Youth Theatre Ireland.


Term Begins: Sat. 16th of September

Adults: 11.45-12.45

Kids: 1:00-2:00pm

Teens: 2.00pm-3.00pm

How to Join: Clients can contact Tara O’Donovan on or your Client Family Liaison to enquire about joining. Not a client? Begin your journey with Crann using our Referral Form


Breaking Barriers Theatre Group Performance Stack Theatre March 2023

*See SROI research here for more information.



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