4th April 2019
Our 3rd year Junior Cycle English students attended a production of Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ performed by The Cyclone Rep Company in the Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo. Students are currently engaging in the study of this text as a part of the Junior Cycle Curriculum.
This Shakespearean tragedy is about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families.
The Cyclone Rep Company’s enactment of the play was outstanding where students were, in an instant, captivated by the energetic and unique performances by the actors. It was mutually agreed by all that every aspect of the production was praiseworthy, from the adaptations in the script right down to the basics of costume design and make-up.
The 95 minute performance was a reduced version of the play containing an entertaining scholarly review that clarified the main themes and topics. Students were invited to discuss these in an open forum during the performance. Students voiced their opinions and questioned the actors to gain their perspective on the character roles that they had played and the themes explored.
The show was interactive both on and off stage, with opportunities for audience participation. Well done to all who asked questions and contributed to discussions. In particular, well done to Ewan Clarke for braving the stage in order to partake in what can only described as a highly engaging production. The outing will really help students with their understanding of the play.