Wednesday 21 March 2018

In brief: Theatre programme and bring Shakespeare to life for students

THE Gaiety School of Acting and The National Theatre School of Ireland have launched the Shakespeare Schools Programme in association with for Transition Year, Leaving and Junior Certificate students. This programme will be running in theatres in the heart of Dublin, Waterford and Cork cities from January 2014.

The programme for Leaving and Junior Cert students is designed to address the Shakespeare question in the English Junior and Leaving Certificate exam papers. There is also a Transition Year programme designed to engage students with the works of Shakespeare by exploring text and staging in a creative, fun and alternative manner.

The full-day programme will include a performance of Macbeth and Romeo & Juliet followed by a post-performance workshop, which will explore specific Leaving and Junior Certificate questions. Each workshop will also include text analysis, role-play, physical inter-play and mask orientation.

With the support of (a subsidiary of Folens educational publishers), there is an in-depth workbook for the Shakespeare Schools Programme, which will help each student explore and answer the Shakespeare question. The workbook is also available as a download for teachers and students on


IT'S not often you can guarantee music, chat and fun, but it's a dead cert with An Evening with Shay Healy, which takes place in The Black Door, Harcourt Street, Dublin, on Wednesday at 7pm.

Shay – the singer, songwriter and all-round Renaissance man – will be joined by Moya Brennan, Niamh Kavanagh and Johnny Logan in the comfort of the city's newest music venue. Apart from the live music there will be a lively auction, and all proceeds on the night go to the Parkinson's Association of Ireland.


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