Cyclone Rep presents: The Hamlet Session Touring nationwide 2015/16

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Cyclone Rep presents:

The Hamlet Session

Touring nationwide 2015/1679

“Brevity is the soul of wit.”

– Polonius, Act II, Sc II, 92

Shakespeare’s most celebrated and performed play is brought to life in Cyclone Rep’s unique style. The Hamlet Session is an entertaining and engaging student-centred performance, intertwined with analysis of main themes and characters, audience participation, discussions and Q&A sessions.

With the aid of animation, music, dynamic performances and a good dose of humour, this abrdiged version of the play, tracks the plot of Hamlet from the beginning to the finale.

Hamlet is arguably The Bard’s greatest play – Cyclone Rep Hamlet Session’s main goal is to help learners access, understand and enjoy it!

What people have said about Cyclone Rep’s Hamlet Session:

“****: Aimed at school audiences, well edited and presented in an accessible style, giving the young audience plenty to think about.” – Colette Sheridan, Irish Examiner.

“Excellent – a refreshing and fun approach to a brilliant play.  Your production was accessible, informative and very educational.  Keep up the good work.” – Barry McDonnell, Salesian Secondary School, Limerick

“An engaging, often humourous take of Shakespeare’ s Hamlet, this theatre company understands fully what appeals to teenagers. Interaction with the audience worked a treat” – Edward Newman, Christian Brothers College, Cork

“An excellent production, engaging throughout, one of the best performances I’ve seen to date” – Bríd Murphy, St. Brogan’s College, Bandon, Co. Cork.

“The pupils all said they really liked the session and were delighted that we went.  I was glad I took them too.  Best of luck in future performances.” – Elizabeth McCoy, Regina Mundi College, Co. Cork

Topics and themes introduced and/or analyzed in the show:

  1. Hamlet’s Main Source
  2. Revenge tragedy genre
  3. Hamlet’s frame of mind at play’s beginning
  4. Appearance vs. Reality
  5. Poetic Language
  6. Action & Inaction
  7. The Role of Women in the play
  8. Death/Mortality
  9. Madness
  10. Corruption
  11. The Character of Hamlet

Dates & Venues for Cyclone Rep’s 2015/16 National Tour

28th Sept – 23rd  Oct 2015 Bullying Prevention Session Shows nationwide
9th – 13th November 2015 Everyman Theatre, Cork
17th  – 19th November 2015 The Helix Theatre, DCU, Dublin
23rd – 27th November 2015 Direct-to-School Shows nationwide
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 Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny
4th & 5th February 2016 Direct-to-School Shows Donegal area
8th & 9th February 2016 Town Hall Theatre, Galway
10th – 12th February 2016 The New Garage Theatre, Monaghan
22nd – 26th February 2016 Direct-to-School Shows nationwide
29th Feb – 4th March 2016  Everyman Theatre, Cork
7th – 15th March 2016  The Helix Theatre, DCU, Dublin
4th & 5th April 2016 Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo
6th– 8th April 2016 Direct-to-School Shows, Sligo area
11th April – 6th May Direct-to School Shows nationwide

There will also be potential shows in Killarney, Co. Kerry. Dates to be confirmed. Please enquire if you are interested in this particular area.

Early Bird Special Available:

Book & Pay Fully before October Mid-Term break:

€12 per student for theatre venues. (Regular ticket price: €14)

Our tour features four Shakespeare Sessions. For Senior Cycle we offer Hamlet and King Lear; for Junior Cycle, the Merchant of Venice and Romeo & Juliet Sessions. Please contact our sales team to enquire for specific dates. Also, our Bullying Prevention Sessions (both Primary & Secondary School versions) are available for booking as a direct-to-school performance.

For bookings and further information:

–          View our website,
–          Contact our Sales Team (021) 235 5356
–          Contact Ms. Maev O’Shea , Sales Manager,  085 8585502

Theatre venue show times are 9.45 am and 1.00 pm each day. All Shows are also available as Direct to School performances (see DTS tour dates).

We look forward to hear from you very soon!!

The Cyclone Rep Team

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