Theatre: Cyclone Rep Theatre in Education

Cyclone Rep’s Shakespeare Sessions return to venues Nationwide  
Cyclone Rep Theatre Company will return to venues across the country in 2015/2016, with a repertory of 4 Shakespeare Sessions adapted from the prescribed Shakespeare texts for Junior and Senior Cycle students. Cyclone Rep, a theatre-in-education company based in Cork, has a mission to provide audiences of children and young people with an exciting and multi-faceted theatrical experience that engages and entertains, enriches and educates. Performances will take place in 10 theatres across the country throughout the academic year, followed by a 4-week tour directly to schools. The venue tour hits Dublin with a three-day run in The Helix, Tuesday 17 to Thursday 19 November 2015.

The Sessions on offer by the company this year are: The Hamlet Session, in which Hamlet, as “everyman”, is explored from several perspectives, it combines outstanding performance, engaging analysis, humour and audience interaction; The King Lear Session, five unlikely characters tell the story of Lear and in the process make a journey of self-discovery; The Romeo & Juliet Session, modern performers are directed on stage by the bard himself whose 16th century attitudes and demeanour clash with today’s – arguments, discussion and enlightenment ensue; and The Merchant Session, the most interactive of Cyclone Rep’s Sessions, with an entertaining and informative synthesis of analysis and performance, while highlighting what a fine comedy it is.

Each Session is an abridged version of Shakespeare texts on the Junior and Leaving Certificate curriculum. The key scenes are performed true to text and the story arc is maintained. A workshop is woven throughout the show, encompassing audience participation, discussion on main themes and Q&A sessions with characters. The running time for each Session is approximately two hours, show times are 9.45am and 1pm, and the standard ticket price is €14 per student, teachers and SNAs free. For bookings contact Cyclone Rep on 021 2355 356 or email For full details and teacher resource packs please visit

Founded in 1998, Cyclone Rep has a prestigious performance history of serving the wider community with quality productions that entertain and educate. Alongside the four Shakespeare Sessions there are three additional Sessions in repertory: The Bullying Prevention Session for Primary and Secondary which combine a play, presentation and workshop to raise learner awareness and challenge attitudes around the impact of bullying; and Julius Caesar NI, a show for all ages in which Julius Caesar is revisited in an Irish prison context, set in 1981 and performed by prisoners struggling with their internment and the spectre of the hunger strikes. For more information please visit:

Cyclone Rep 2015/16 Tour Schedule


28th Sept – 23th Oct 2015 Bullying Prevention Session Nationwide

9th -13th November 2015 The Everyman Theatre (Cork)

17th – 19th November 2015 Helix Theatre (Dublin)

20th November 2015 Direct to Schools Shows (Dublin Area)

23rd – 27th November 2015 Direct to Schools Shows (Munster Area)


18th – 22nd January 2016 Lime Tree Theatre (Limerick)

25th & 26th January 2016 Watergate Theatre (Kilkenny)

28th & 29th January 2016 The Source Arts Centre (Thurles)

1st & 2nd February 2016 An Gríanan Theatre, (Letterkenny)

3rd – 5th February 2016 Direct to Schools (Letterkenny Area))

8th & 9th February 2016 Town Hall Theatre (Galway)

11th & 12th February 2016 The New Garage Theatre (Monaghan)

22nd – 26th February 2016 Bullying Prevention Session Nationwide

29th Feb – 4th March 2016 The Everyman Theatre (Cork)

7th – 15th March 2016 Helix Theatre (Dublin)

4th & 5th April 2016 Hawk’s Well Theatre (Sligo)

6th – 8th April 2016 Direct to Schools Shows (Sligo/Mayo)

11th & 12th April 2016 Muckross House (Killarney)

13th – 15th April 2016 Direct to Schools Shows (Kerry Area)

18th April – 20th May 2016 Direct to Schools Tour Nationwide


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