Ard Scoil Rath Iomghain enjoy a Shakespearean production at DCU

On Thursday the 12th of March a group of students from second and third year in Ard Scoil Rath Iomaghan visited the Helix in DCU to see a production of the Shakespearean drama 'The Merchant of Venice'.  
Two bus loads of very excited students arrived on campus just before twelve o ' clock and had the opportunity to eat lunch in the DCU canteen and look around the campus before the performance began.
We took our seats in the theatre amongst a number of other schools and were happy to see all seats were filled.
At half past one the production started. The play consisted of four actors playing various characters from the drama. At the start of the drama the actors played the first few scenes in traditional Shakespearean style but as the drama continued the actors put a more modern twist on it making the drama really come to life. This was a good tactic as it helped my fellow classmates and I to grasp the difficult Shakespearean language. Throughout the drama the actors stopped to ask the audience their views on issues raised in the play like anti-Semitism and racism . Many students enjoyed giving  their views  on such issues and listening to many interesting contributions.
The actors also interacted with the audience by calling for volunteers to come on stage and  participate in two different scenes. The first scene was 'the casket scene' where three  audience members were called up to take on the role of  the three caskets. It was hilarious as they were given costumes to wear and lines to read. The second group of students were called up to act out the final scene of the play. This is the scene where everybody is back from the trial. Four students including myself were called up to act this out. We each had costumes and lines to read similar to the previous group of students. It was great fun and in my opinion getting students to participate in the drama was beneficial as it kept the audience interested throughout the play.
Overall  the whole production of 'The Merchant of Venice' was a fantastic experience for all the students who attended. Although the trip was quite expensive at fourteen euro per seat and a further 8 for the bus  it was totally worth it because we came away understanding the play and feeling excited about continuing to study it for our English drama course.   I thoroughly enjoyed the production and would highly recommend it to anybody interested in the work of William Shakespeare. It really is a must see performance for Junior cert students who may otherwise feel that Shakespeare is just far too difficult to understand . Many thanks to Ms. Kelly for organising the trip and to our other English teachers  for accompanying us on the day. We arrived back at our school just before Five  O'clock full of smiles after a super day. 
By Saoirse McGuinn 

On Thursday the 12th of March a group of students from second and third year in Ard Scoil Rath Iomaghan visited the Helix in DCU to see a production of the Shakespearean drama 'The Merchant of Venice'.  Two bus loads of very excited students arrived on campus just before twelve o ' clock and had the opportunity to eat lunch in the DCU canteen and look around the campus before the performance began.We took our seats in the theatre amongst a number of other schools and were happy to see all seats were filled.At half past one the production started. The play consisted of four actors playing various characters from the drama. At the start of the drama the actors played the first few scenes in traditional Shakespearean style but as the drama continued the actors put a more modern twist on it making the drama really come to life. This was a good tactic as it helped my fellow classmates and I to grasp the difficult Shakespearean language. Throughout the drama the actors stopped to ask the audience their views on issues raised in the play like anti-Semitism and racism . Many students enjoyed giving  their views  on such issues and listening to many interesting contributions.The actors also interacted with the audience by calling for volunteers to come on stage and  participate in two different scenes. The first scene was 'the casket scene' where three  audience members were called up to take on the role of  the three caskets. It was hilarious as they were given costumes to wear and lines to read. The second group of students were called up to act out the final scene of the play. This is the scene where everybody is back from the trial. Four students including myself were called up to act this out. We each had costumes and lines to read similar to the previous group of students. It was great fun and in my opinion getting students to participate in the drama was beneficial as it kept the audience interested throughout the play.Overall  the whole production of 'The Merchant of Venice' was a fantastic experience for all the students who attended. Although the trip was quite expensive at fourteen euro per seat and a further 8 for the bus  it was totally worth it because we came away understanding the play and feeling excited about continuing to study it for our English drama course.   I thoroughly enjoyed the production and would highly recommend it to anybody interested in the work of William Shakespeare. It really is a must see performance for Junior cert students who may otherwise feel that Shakespeare is just far too difficult to understand . Many thanks to Ms. Kelly for organising the trip and to our other English teachers  for accompanying us on the day. We arrived back at our school just before Five  O'clock full of smiles after a super day. 

By Saoirse McGuinn