Bringing Drama to Life in the English Classroom: This two day programme runs from 09.30- 3.30 and comprises two workshops. Lunch will be provided on each day.
Drama in Junior Cycle: Speaking Shakespeare
Drama in Junior Cycle: Page to Stage – Drama Extracts
Dates and Venues soon to be announced.
Facilitator: Andrea Ainsworth (Voice Director, Abbey Theatre) and Junior Cycle for Teachers
This workshop focuses on short extracts and key soliloquies from a Shakespeare play on the Junior Cycle prescribed list of texts. By approaching the text as a script to be spoken and acted, you will discover new ways to lift Shakespeare’s language off the page and make it your own. Detailed, practical and imaginative work on the text provokes questions and discussions about the character, relationships and themes within a play. It is a requirement of the Specification for English that any student intending to take the final assessment in English at higher level should study a Shakespearian drama. The five outlined in the prescribed lists of texts are: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’; ‘Romeo and Juliet’; ‘Much Ado about Nothing’; ‘Henry IV Part One’; and ‘The Merchant of Venice’. The workshop will build your confidence as an interpreter of Shakespeare, and will help you to engage your students with a Shakespearean text.[/column_1_2]
Page to Stage – Drama Extracts
Facilitator: Veronica Coburn (Programme Director, TENDERFOOT in the Civic Theatre) and Junior Cycle for Teachers
This workshop focuses on bringing a drama text to life. Theatre is a live art. Its function is to explore and understand the world we live in. Explore the skills and techniques required to bring a text from page to stage, or to “embody” a drama text. The workshop will introduce three short extracts from contemporary plays by an established Irish playwright; an international playwright; and a playwright of the same age as the students. The Specification for English outlines that schools ‘should provide students with a broad experience of the dramatic form’. This workshop offers teachers the opportunity to broaden their collection of drama extracts suitable for an adolescent audience and will empower teachers to embrace this form of text in a fresh, creative and exciting way.