‘Shake it Up, Shakespeare’ at Castleisland Community College

The Castleisland Community College Creative Schools Team. Included are, front row: Pierce Flynn, Leah Voigtlander, Mia Shortt, Seán Butler, Szymon Podraza, Thomas McCarthy, Ruairí Mannix, Viktoria Angelova and teacher, Jacinta Buckley. Back row: Jessica O’Loughlin, Isabelle Brosnan, Oscar Daly, David Peskett, Dawid Balas, Chloe Barrett, Jack Blanchfield and Edward Roche.

The Creative Schools Club at Castleisland Community College took to the stage recently for their debut performance.

The group performed an original script, ‘Shake it Up, Shakespeare’ – a modern take on some of Shakespeare’s classics, with a comic Kerry twist!

The script was written by Mary Quirke from Qwerkreations. Mary visited the school every week from October to December to prepare the students for their performance.

A Memorable Performance

Together with teacher, Jacinta Buckley the group worked hard to ensure a memorable stage performance. The students also created their own backdrops and props using their own creativity and skills.

“The school secured funding from the Creative Schools initiative in association with the Arts Council in 2019 and it was paired with a ‘creative associate’ to help decide what type of creative projects the school wanted to pursue over the following two years,” said spokesperson Doreen Killington.

Creative Associate

Our creative associate, Olivia Howe, a teacher and a children’s author who works in Siamsa Tíre, provided a wealth of knowledge and creative contacts for Ms Buckley and the students.

The Creative School Club is currently made up of students from second year to fifth year, all with different talents and skills.

Costume Design Workshop

After such a successful performance on their debut show, the drama group is continuing in the school and welcoming new members from all the different year groups.

The students will also be taking part in a costume design workshop over the next few weeks, and in our next show we are hoping to be able to show off some of these new skills.

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