Congratulations Desmond School of Performing Arts on 4 amazing shows! The one comment the audience kept repeating nightly was “you forget these are all kids/teenagers” … testimony to the professional manner of the school and talent of the cast. Well done everyone…roll on 2020 show.

Mary Doherty

The musical theatre classes have given my daughter a love of performing, and have helped build her confidence. The annual production gives all children an opportunity to be involved and perform, while being fun, enjoyable and a genuine experience of musicals.

Olive McEnery

I have 2 boys, who since joining the Desmond School of Performing Arts, have developed their confidence and their musical, acting and dance abilities. I am delighted with the standard of teaching and the enjoyment they both get from performing with the school. I would highly recommend Jamie and his team to any parent who is considering enrolling their children.

Margaret Leahy

We are so lucky to have Desmond School of Performing Arts here in Newcastle West. Our 8 year old daughter has thoroughly enjoyed the past three years with Jamie. The musicals each Easter are outstanding. To see all the local talent nurtured to such a professional level is a joy to behold. Our 4 year old boy joined last term & loved every minute of “The Lion King” rehearsals & show. They both can’t wait to get back to classes this September. In their words “We love Jamie’s!

Aoife Geary

The Desmond School of Performing Arts has enabled me take part in amazing musical theatre and singing lessons both of which have helped me to grow in confidence. It has also giving me a chance to make amazing friends and partake in wonderful productions each year.

Melissa Flaherty


Our son first attended Desmond School of Performing Arts when he was almost 16. It has since become obvious that the school and in particular Jamie, has played a pivotal role in his very positive personal development. Not only did he develop a passion for music, but he gained some great friendships. We couldn’t recommend Desmond School enough!

Susan Moriarty

Jamie and his team at Desmond School of Performing Arts are exceptional at what they do. In the two years my son has attended he has not only grown in his singing and drama but the experience, confidence and friendships he has made through being a part of the phenomenal musicals will stay with him forever. We are very grateful.

Lorna Lynch

Fantastic show, well done everyone. It is brilliant that you facilitate children who have a passion for drama.

Catherine Downes