Shakespeare in Dublin

April 10, 2018

If your students don’t already love Shakespeare then they certainly will after they’ve listened in here.

Shakespeare in Dublin is a series of three short radio plays which were written in 2016 and broadcast on Near FM Community Radio in 2017/18 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. Based on three of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, King Lear, Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the series is a re-imagining of each of the plays in contemporary Dublin. While the settings are clearly different, each play is faithful to the main characters, plot and central themes of the play on which it is based, as much as is possible in twenty minutes.

The plays were written by experienced, award-winning, local Dublin playwrights in conjunction with English teachers. Larry (based on King Lear) and McBen (based on Macbeth) are intended for TY or Leaving Cert students while The Ghosts of Priory Hall (based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream) is intended for a Junior Cycle or TY group. However, all plays are suitable for any English classroom depending on the age and stage of the learners
Each play has accompanying Classroom Resources.

Check out these plays and resources on Near FM Community Radio


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