Shakespeare to come to life in Muckross

A scene from the Shakespeare Sessions

SHAKESPEARE is coming to town.

The Cork-based Cyclone Rep Theatre-in-Education Company is currently touring four of the great bard’s plays in repertory nationwide and the Shakespeare Sessions will be performed at Muckross Schoolhouse from March 18-20.

The touring group is a registered charity and one of Ireland’s longest running providers of theatre-in-education performances and workshops.

This year marks their 10th anniversary and the Shakespeare Sessions are aimed at junior and senior cycle secondary school students.

Shakespeare’s work is made relevant for today’s teens while respecting the original language and texts of his work.

“We bring Shakespeare alive and into the modern age for students in a fun and fresh way,” said spokesperson Edel Carmody.

The King Lear Ssession tackles climate change while the production of Romeo & Juliet examines gender in Shakespeare’s time.

The shows bring Shakespeare alive and into the modern age for students

The group’s Hamlet session looks at the different interpretations surrounding the theme of madness and their Merchant of Venice session analyses the themes of prejudice and bullying while explaining why this play was considered a comedy in Shakespeare’s time.

“We currently perform these four plays in repertory in 16 different venues nationwide,” Edel explained.

The sessions feature audience participation, discussions on key themes and question and answer sessions in a fun and energetic format.

The Muckross House performances will be at 9.45am and 1.00pm on Wednesday, March 18 and Thursday, March 19 but the Friday events are already sold out.

They run for two hours, tickets cost €15 per student and accompanying teachers and special needs assistants are admitted free.

For further information email www.cyclonerep.com or call 021-2355356.

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