Divining Shakespeare: workshop for professional actors, Civic Theatre, 5 October

Coinciding with the production of Venus and Adonis at Civic Theatre as part of the Dublin Shakespeare Festival, there will be a workshop for professional actors on ‘Divining Shakespeare’. Further details on the theatre website:

DATE & TIME: Thursday 5 October // 10am – 6pm

LOCATION: Main Auditorium

TICKETS: FREE when you buy a full price ticket for Venus and Adonis

TO BOOK CALL 01 4627477


As part of an ongoing commitment to the support of and engagement with professional theatre artists, the Civic Theatre will host a dedicated professional workshop.

‘Finding the truth through the verse’ lies at the heart of the puzzle of how to act Shakespeare. Hamlet gave the single clearest command when he instructed the players to speak it ‘trippingly on the tongue’, but what does that really mean? Are there specific techniques or approaches that empower the actor to merge with often dense, multi-layered text, to seem as if both are freshly coined together? This workshop will explore these and many other issues, including how our actors are born to play Shakespeare – but only if they stay true to being Irish first.

The workshop is open to professional actors only and is facilitated by Civic Artistic Director, Michael Barker-Caven. Michael is an internationally acclaimed theatre, musical and opera director who has worked extensively in London’s West End and directed dozens of award-winning shows in Ireland over the past 20 years. Michael has a lifelong love of Shakespeare with acclaimed productions of Richard III, Macbeth and Venus & Adonis to his name to name but a few.

Adequate time for meal breaks is given, though participants are responsible for their own meals.

The workshops are limited to 16 participants.

Suitable for professional actors only.

Minimum age requirement is 18 years old.

The workshop is free when you buy a ticket to Venus and Adonis at the Civic Theatre. Buy Tickets here.

Dublin Theatre Festival: Venus and Adonis, 3–7 October

Venus and Adonis, Royal Shakespeare Company in association with Little Angel Theatre, UK

Civic Theatre
Oct 3 & 5, 8pm Oct 4 & 7, 3pm & 8pm Oct 6, 5pm & 8pm
Tickets €25

A unique version of Shakespeare’s kaleidoscopic poem using narration, music and puppetry.  This little-known gem was Shakespeare’s first bestseller, weaving together comedy, tragedy and beautiful poetry to tell the raunchy story of Venus and her obsession with handsome Adonis.




Theatre: The Merchant of Venice at St. Enda’s Park, Dublin


21–24 June 2017, 8pm

Balally Players takes Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice to St. Enda’s Park Grange Road, Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin for its Summer Shakespeare 2017 presentation.

The play, directed by Fiona Walsh, will be performed outdoors in the Walled Garden, St. Enda’s Park from 21 to 24 June 2017. The performance starts at 8pm each evening and tickets (€14/€12) may be booked at the Mill Theatre Box Office (01-296 9340) or on the Mill Theatre website.

For further details go to www.balallyplayers.com

Conference: Literary Archives in the Digital Age

webimage-7a6c2264-78fd-41cd-b88b1f37fdf61265Friday, 7 July – Saturday, 8 July 2017

A two day conference organised by the School of English, Trinity College Dublin.

“Literary Archives in the Digital Age” aims to gather scholars together in order to consider these changes; the conference aims both to showcase contemporary archival research and to reflect on the opportunities and challenges presented by 21st-century archival study.

Campus Location: Trinity Long Room Hub
Accessibility: Yes
More info: dublinliteraryarchives.com/#intro

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



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



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