Teen Speak

Colette Forde has been working with our spirited youth for the last 17 years and her experience is extensive.


Innit: A One Woman Show


A trailer of the sell-out debut performance of Colette Forde's 'Innit', staged at the Cork Art's Theatre 2017. Written/directed by and starring Colette Forde

Kelly Roberts is 15 years old and she is not a happy bunny ‘innit? Surviving on Social Welfare in a hostile neighbourhood, waving the dole flag of the Working Class with her heartless 'Mam’. And now, to top it all off, Sacred Lady High School has only gone and roped her into lunchtime appointments with a psychologist! As if Kelly is gonna give anything away. As if Kelly is going to open her heart and soul to a stranger! According to Kelly, “You’re ‘avin' a laugh, Sweet’eart!” 

Colette Forde brings you her hit One Woman Show,' Innit' which has just returned to Cork after a 4 week run Off-Broadway, New York (July 2018) only a year after it sold out on it's 3 night debut at The Cork Arts Theatre in April, 2017.  ‘Innit’ is truly a One Woman Show, as not only has Dublin-born Colette written, produced and directed it; she is also starring as the attitude-ridden nevertheless beloved Mancunian school girl, Kelly Roberts!  It is a laugh-out-loud, gritty yet poignant piece derived mainly from her own experiences as a 15 year growing up in 90’s Manchester as part of a single parent family. Two original songs written and recorded by Colette also feature in the play. In order to produce the show Colette managed to attain part sponsorship kindly from The Woodford and Doppio, both Cork businesses and Payments People based in Sydney Australia. 

On reflection after the emotive response and success of the play it became apparent that the character and story of Kelly Roberts may be of an enlightening nature to most teenagers experiencing similar troubles.

Her passion for writing a play that would deliver something of value to those who watched it and may also resonate with it, has given her a platform to use her experiences through-out her teenage years and beyond to compliment the message of the adapted 25 minute version of the show which is to simply… talk! Her idea for the accompanying 1 1/2 hour action orientated Transition Year workshops was that she would use improvisation, goal focus exercises, tableaux and introspection, accompanied with tools for managing stress, anxiety and other burdens of the mind to encourage these students to delve back into their ambitions with a healthy perspective and most importantly, to remember who they really are!

Colette’s honesty about her life and the sincerity in which she approaches these students enables them to participate fully with the intention getting in touch with their childhood again. Learning how to open up and how to listen is the major intention. Hopefully they will be given a fresh perspective enabling them to create some kind of benefit and value from their current circumstances, using any knowledge gained to forge through any difficult times of their own or loved ones. 





Colette began as a singing and dancing holiday rep at a Pontins holiday camp in Sussex and then qualified as a NVQ 2 (FETAC level 5) Support Teaching and Learning Assistant, working on a one-to-one capacity with children of additional needs and supporting lower ability groups. For 9 months she volunteered with the NSPCC (Childline) as a trained phone counsellor and also participated in a project based in Cardiff known as Music Wales coaching teenagers in singing and live performances.  Once she arrived in Cork, she led and choreographed dance sessions with Cork Downs Syndrome. For the last two and a half years she worked a children’s party entertainer and face painter and just recently gained a Distinction in Child Psychology, Level 6. A Distinction with TEFL was also awarded and Colette is now qualified to teach English abroad.

Colette is also a well-established professional singer and actress here in Cork and has been active in both fields for the last 15 years. She has performed in The Middle East and the prestigious D'Angleterre in Copenhagen as well as featuring in The Gate cinema last October 2016 during the Indie Cork Film Festival in critically acclaimed student film Ted in which her performance as Sister Mary Eunice was highly praised.






Feb 2015 - present: FunAnzza: Children's Entertainer Kids Club, Corporate functions

Dec 2014: Fota Island Resort: Santa's Elf (Actress)

Sept 2013 - Jan 2014: Down's Syndrome Cork: Dance teacher for 8-20 year olds

Oct 2009 - June 2010: NSPCC/Childline Counsellor: Trained phone/email/I.M. counsellor

Oct 2007 - Feb 2011: St Phillip’s R.C Primary School/Select Education: Learning Support Assistant for a variety of Special Educational Needs and ages and
administration tasks.

Jan - Sept 2006: Music Wales Performance Director

Feb 2002 – Sept 2003: Pontins Camber Sands (Bluecoat) : Children's Entertainer





September 2018

Youth and Community Work (Degree)

Sept-Nov 2017                                                                        TEFL, English as a foreign language teacher abroad: Distinction

April - June 2017
CMIT-QQI, Child Psychology Level 6: Distinction

July 2016
Limerick University (Drama League of Ireland): Practical Drama Studies

Oct 2014 - June 2015
The Gaiety School of Acting, Cork, Theatre Performance

Feb - June 2009
Salford College, Support Teaching and Learning:  NVQ Level 2 (FETAC Level 5)

Sept 1999 - June 2001
Holy Cross College, Manchester

Sept 1994 - June 1999                                                               Our Lady's High School, Manchester                                                                               



What a great show lots of laughs and tender moments... as real as it gets. Definitely a great show for students in school to see which could help them talk when they are experiencing tough times.
— Pat Noonan
Kelly Roberts is one tough cookie with a soft centre. Beautifully written and flawlessly executed by the fabulous talent that is Colette Forde
— Carol O Donovan
I really loved the transition of Kelly from protective tough girl shell to real, vulnerable, and tender. The delivery of the character felt very natural. Wonderful performance overall
— Colleen Cailin
What an amazing One Woman Performance! You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll recognise your teenage self and teenage kids. This play has a naked emotion that will touch a nerve....
— Gretta Murphy
“I felt like by the end of it I had seen Kelly’s character deepen so much. She was not just an obnoxious teenager but a human with problems.”
— Transition Year Student
Yes I learned a lot of valuable information and it has given me a better understanding.
— Transition Year Student

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