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Theatre Studies: Online Resources

Evaluating Information

These tips will help you evaluate the quality, accuracy and reliability of information you find on the Web.


  • Who wrote the page - where is the information coming from?
  • Is the author qualified to speak on the topic?
  • Is the site reputable?


  • Is the information Correct?
  • Can you verify the information from another source?
  • Are there references available to back up the author's claims?


  • Is the purpose of the website to inform you?
  • Is it promoting or selling something?
  • Is it biased?


  • When was the site last updated?
  • How current are the links – have some expired or moved?


  • What topics are covered on the site?
  • Is the information on the site well presented?
  • Is special software required to view the page or is it fee based?

Useful Websites

The Arts Council

The Arts Council of ireland is the Irish government agency for developing the arts.

The Irish Theatre Institute

The Irish Theatre Institute is a resource organisation that nurtures, promotes and drives the ambition of Irish theatre makers and Irish theatre, from its grassroots beginnings to its presentation on the world stage. We seek to maximise creative opportunities and resources for performing artists and producers across theatre and dance in all Ireland and international contexts.

This website also provides access to: is a comprehensive multimedia directory of professional drama, dance and opera in Ireland, North and South. Containing detailed information on 130+ theatre, dance and opera companies, 100+ venues and networks, and 30+ theatre and arts festivals, the directory also houses listings on funding bodies, training and support organisations, actor and literary agencies and international performing arts festivals and networks.

PlayographyIRELAND comprises of two comprehensive online searchable databases: Irish Playography (all new professionally produced Irish plays written in English since the formation of the Abbey, Ireland's National Theatre, in 1904) and Playography na Gaeilge (all new plays written and produced in the Irish language since 1901). 

Irish Society for Theatre Research

ISTR aims to facilitate research on Irish theatre in its national and international contexts.

ASSITEJ - International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People

ASSITEJ unites theatres, organisations and individuals throughout the world who make theatre for children and young people. It publishes a magazine which is released on the occasion of an annual meeting, either a Congress, or an Artistic Gathering and it is published in cooperation between ASSITEJ International, and the National Centre organising the event. The articles are published in English, as well as the original language of the authors.


This website provides information about technical theatre. It is a developing resource for students, theatre technicians, designers and practitioners.

The Abbey Theatre

The Abbey Theatre was founded as Ireland's national theatre, by W.B. Yeats and Lady Gregory in 1904 'to bring upon the stage the deeper emotions of Ireland'. Talks and podcasts with theatre-makers are available here

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