Much Ado and All’s Well at the Lir

Two Shakespeare plays will shortly be performed at the Lir, the National Academy of Dramatic Art:

Much Ado About Nothing

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CLAUDIO LOVES HERO. BEATRICE HATES BENEDICK. LEONATA LOVES BOOZE. AND NOBODY LOVES DON JOHN.

On the terrace of a Mediterranean holiday home, a group of friends assemble for a week-long party full of playful debauchery, pop music, and questionable gender politics. Shakespeare’s infamous comedy of disguised affection and misguided love, plots the chart of two courtships. A festive play about deception and excess given a vivid contemporary staging, Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy of sparkling wit and linguistic exuberance that playfully undermines the seriousness of romance.

Wednesday 24th May – Tuesday 30th May 2017, 7.45pm

Matinee: Thursday 25th May, 1.00pm

Tickets: €15 and €10 concession

All’s Well That Ends Well

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UNREQUITED LOVE, DISGUISES AND MISUNDERSTANDINGS AND LOTS OF COMEDY ALONG THE WAY.

All’s Well That Ends Well, perhaps Shakespeare’s least-known play, has for much of its history been considered “problematic”. Sitting somewhere between comedy and romance, it tells the story of the irrepressible Helena, the young daughter of a famous doctor. She is determined to win her chosen husband, despite the obstacles that life, status and even the young man himself, put in her path. This is a surprising, steadfast tale of the adventure of love, of growing up and growing old, and of coming home again.

Performances: Wednesday 24th May – Tuesday 30th May 2017, 7.45pm

Matinee: Thursday 25th May, 1.00pm

Tickets: €15 and €10 concession

 

Concert in Cork by UCC’s Early Music Ensemble and Chamber Musicians

University College Cork’s Early Music Ensemble (directed by Simon MacHale) and Chamber Music Ensemble (directed by Dr Jillian Rogers) will perform a joint evening concert of chamber and consort music of the fifteenth to eighteenth century on Wednesday 10th May.

This free event will take place in the beautiful nineteenth century surroundings of St. Vincent’s Church, Cork city, at 7.30pm.

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St. Vincent’s church, Sunday’s Well, Cork city.

 

New IRC opportunities for early/mid-career – Laureate Awards

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Laureate Awards Programme: CALL NOW OPEN

A consensus has emerged in recent years that Ireland’s research and innovation framework contains a significant gap, namely opportunities for exceptional researchers to conduct frontier basic research across all disciplines beyond postdoctoral level. Innovation2020 affirms the existence of the critical gap in the Irish landscape and recommends the establishment of a frontier research funding programme, to be administered by the Irish Research Council.

Funding to launch the first iteration of the programme was made available by the Minister for Education and Skills under the 2017 budget. For the first iteration of the Irish Research Council Laureate Awards programme, the Council is inviting applications at the early and mid-career level (Starting and Consolidator). Funding will be awarded on the basis solely of excellence, assessed through a rigorous and independent international peer-review process. Laureates will enhance their track record and international competitiveness. As well as the benefits for the laureate and their team, it is anticipated that the award will enhance the potential for subsequent ERC success as a further career milestone; indeed it will be a requirement of all laureates that they make a follow-on application to the ERC.

The aims and objectives of the Irish Research Council Laureate Awards programme are as follows:

  • To enhance frontier basic research in Irish research-performing organisations, across all disciplines.
  • To support exceptional researchers to develop their track record, appropriate to their discipline and career stage.
  • To build the international competitiveness of awardees and Ireland as a whole.
  • To leverage greater success for the Irish research system in European Research Council awards.
  • To retain excellent researchers in the Irish system and to catalyse opportunities for talented researchers currently working outside Ireland, to relocate to Ireland.

Deadline: 29 June, 2017

Further details: http://www.research.ie/scheme/laureate-awards-programme

 

Prof Andrew Hadfield to Visit UL

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The Centre for Early Modern Studies is delighted to host Professor Andrew Hadfield, University of Sussex, who will deliver a lecture entitled

“Truth, Lies and Scandal at the Court of King James: The Countess and the Archbishop”

 Thursday April 20th, Main Building C1079, 12pm.

Professor Hadfield is distinguished scholar of many aspects of early modern literature and culture, and is an expert in Shakespeare and Spenser. He is the author and editor of several books, including Edmund Spenser: A Life (OUP, 2012), Shakespeare and Republicanism (2005), and (ed. with R. Gillespie) The History of the Irish Book, vol III: The Irish Book in English, 1550-1800 (OUP, 2006). He is currently Visiting Professor at University College Dublin (April-May 2017).

All Welcome!

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Irish Renaissance Seminar at UCD – “Conflict and Contestation in the Early Modern World “

The first meeting of the Irish Renaissance Seminar for 2017 will be held on Saturday 22nd April in the School of English, Drama and Film, University College Dublin.

The theme for this meeting is Conflict and Contestation in the Early Modern World. The meeting will convene in Room J207-8, John Henry Newman Building, UCD, and the schedule is as follows:

1-1:30pm: Welcome

1:30-3:00pm: Panel
Chair: Dr Jane Grogan

Dr Marc Caball (UCD): ‘Hugh O’Neill and his Gaelic and Renaissance Cultural Context’

Professor Andrew Hadfield (Sussex): ‘James Shirley’s The Politician: Anglo-Irish Literature and Politics in the 1630s’

Dr Ann-Maria Walsh (UCD): ‘The Boyle Sisters and the Familial Correspondence Network: A Life-Line in Times of Civil Strife and Beyond’

3:00-3:30pm: Refreshments

3:30-4:30: Keynote
Chair: Dr Colin Lahive

Professor Nicholas McDowell (Exeter): ‘The Poetics of Civil War: Shakespeare to Marvell (to W.B.Yeats)’

4:30-5:00: Roundtable
Convener: Dr Naomi McAreavey

Early Modern Studies in Ireland: Current Locations, Future Directions

6:30: Dinner

The event is generously supported by the School of English, Drama and Film, UCD, and the Society for Renaissance Studies.

For further details on this meeting of the IRS, contact Dr Colin Lahive (colin.lahive@ucd.ie)

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