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Wellbeing and the Arts






Congratulations to Ms. Dowling and the cast of the transition year students who won the overall award for 'Best Production' at the inaugural Schools Shakespeare Festival which was held in the Mill Theatre, Dundrum on January 24th and 25th 2019. This was an outstanding achievement for the cast and their production of 'Jules on the Loose' really impressed the adjudicator, Geoff O'Keoffe. He commented on how well the cast worked together as an ensemble and how they performed a fluid, polished and insightful interpretation of Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'.

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The modern scenes of the play were adapted from the script 'Shakespeare on the Loose' which was written by the brilliant Ms. Clodagh Havel in 2017 and which provide comic relief and a fresh, modern understanding of the themes and issues that lie at the heart of Shakespeare's text. This ties in with the aims of this new festival which is for students to experience Shakespeare in an innovative and truthful manner through live theatre performance. Each school in the competition had to perform a Shakespeare play in 30 minutes. There was very stiff competition from a chilling, broody performance of 'Macbeth' by a very talented group of students from Mount Anville secondary school. 'Macbeth' was awarded the runners up award.shakespeare photo 3.jpg

Anastacia Gluschenko was nominated for the 'best actor' category for her role as the modern day Juliet 'Jules'. The Mount Sackville play won 'Best ensemble' and 'best supporting actor' for Abbie Flannery for her role as 'Agnes' as well as the overall 'best production' and prize money of 500 euro. Well done to all involved in this success and especially to Ben and Micheal for set construction and Johanna Ní Bhléine for her role as technical manager .The cast will now go on to perform this play in 'The All Ireland Transition year drama festival' and the entire school community wish them every success and are very proud of their achievements to date.

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Shakespeare Schools festival and the All Ireland Transition year drama festival 2019


2019 is proving to be a very exciting and creative year for our current transition year students. After a very successful production of ‘Singin in the rain’ in November 2018, our transition year students were given another opportunity to audition for another creative and dramatic production. Mount Sackville has entered the inaugural School Shakespeare Festival which is taking place on January 24th and 25th in The Mill Theatre, Dundrum. This is a new and exciting opportunity for our students to explore Shakespeare in a fresh, innovative manner as each school entry has to explore a Shakespearian text in a thirty minute short abridged version of a full Shakespeare play.

Auditions were held at lunch time and a cast of twenty one students have been rehearsing a unique version of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ since December. This performance explores the key scenes and key themes of Shakespeare’s original text but there is a modern comedic twist to this interpretation as our modern Juliet,(‘Jules’) is due to appear on the daytime Talk show ‘Loose Women’. This witty modern version of the play is an extract from the play ‘Shakespeare on the loose’ written by Clodagh Havel (our own current TY Coordinator) which was originally performed in 2017.

The cast of transition year girls will be performing ‘Jules on the Loose’ at this new festival on Thursday 24th January at 7.30pm in the Mill Theatre. Following on from the Shakespeare Festival, the cast will be bringing this play to another drama competition ‘The All Ireland Transition year drama festival’ on Tuesday 29th January. This is a national competition open to all schools across the country and our play will be onstage in the Arts Centre in Mullingar at 10am. Plays must be thirty minutes long and the standard of performance is very high. We wish the cast and their director, Ms. Dowling,the very best in both these exciting drama competitions.

Class play ‘The Crucible’ by Arthur Miller…coming in March!

Ms.Dowling’s Transition Year English class ‘Volta’ have been studying the play ‘The Crucible’ as part of their English curriculum. This play is set in 1692 and this classic parable draws a chilling parallel between the Salem witch hunt of 1692 and the Mc Carthyism that gripped America in the 1950’s. The play explores how the power of false accusations can tear communities apart and this theme resonates with society today. The class will be performing an abridged version of this intense and brilliant play in our own Lecture Theatre on Wednesday March 27th and 28th. All welcome.

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