CPD Workshop: Speaking Shakespeare


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.

Speaking Shakespeare is offered as part of a two day  programme of workshops entitled ‘Bringing Drama to Life’ (Speaking Shakespeare and Page to Stage). The programme runs from 10:30am-3:30pm . Teachers may sign up to attend at one of the venues below. It is also possible to book the individual workshops.

The Garage Theatre, Monaghan

Dublin (The Abbey Theatre Old Rehearsal Room  and Fringe Offices)

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Photo credit: Gemma Reeves and Aaron Monaghan in Romeo and Juliet at the Abbey Theatre (2008). Directed by Jason Byrne. Photo: Ros Kavanagh.

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JCT Support Service, Department of Education and Skills

Phone +353 47 74000

Email info@artsinjuniorcycle.ie


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