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Saturday 21 October 2017

New home for budding acting stars of tomorrow

Maureen Hughes , casting director, with Aine de Siun, left, and Ally Ryan who will both study in the actors Studio on Bow Street in Dublin
Maureen Hughes , casting director, with Aine de Siun, left, and Ally Ryan who will both study in the actors Studio on Bow Street in Dublin

Renowned casting director Maureen Hughes threw open the doors of acting school 'Bow Street' in Dublin.

Bow Street is a continuation of The Factory; the well-known creative hub in Dublin's docklands which was forced to close earlier this year following their eviction by NAMA.

But having "fought like hell", Hughes (pictured) along with filmmaker Shimmy Marcus and manager Paul O'Connor have found a new home, setting up shop in the historic Bar Council of Ireland's former courthouse on Bow Street.

"It's been a tough few months," Maureen Hughes told the Herald. "It's been quite a traumatic summer but it's worth it."

Hughes is the woman responsible for discovering Hollywood star Jack Reynor.

She also cast Tom Vaughan-Lawlor in the lead role of Nidge in RTE's gritty gangland drama Love/Hate.

"I first saw Tom act when he was in the UK and I thought I have to cast him the minute he finishes studying," she said.

"Working with students at Bow Street is a great way to discover new talent."

Yesterday, the first 33 students made their way into the building to commence their year long course, Programme for Screen Acting.

The students will be taught by legendary acting coach Gerry Grennell, who has worked with the creme de la creme of the Hollywood Hills including Johnny Depp, Marlon Brando, Tom Cruise and Heath Ledger.

"Working with Brando was incredible but I can't wait to see who will come out of this school," he said.

During the course of the year, distinguished actors from the film world will visit the school and talk to the students about the industry and share their experiences.

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