Donegal Theater launches online study aid for second tier English students

A Grianán Theater in Letterkenny has produced a study aid for second-grade students, which is now freely available online.

The study aid, which is available free to teachers and students, explores scenes from MacBeth, Romeo and Juliet and Philadelphia, Here I Come.

Dramacast was born out of a desire to give Leaving Cert students who missed out on the valuable experience of seeing their English acting tests come to life on stage during Covid-19 restrictions with an online resource that would bring crucial scenes to life. , with expert commentary, to ensure that students have the chance to do as well as possible in their English exam.

Produced by An Grianán Theater in co-production with Workhouse Theater Co, DramaCast features scenes from three review texts: Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, and Philadelphia, Here I Come. Two key scenes from each play are performed by local actors and are accompanied by commentary by Michael Kelly of St Eunan’s College, Letterkenny, highlighting aspects for students to consider when tackling exam questions. Plus, director Iarla McGowan of the Workhouse Theater provides insight into how to approach theater as performance.

The scenes and their commentary are now available for teachers and students on the An Grianán website. The scenes were filmed by An Grianán’s in-house technical team, under the direction of cinematographer Karen Quinn. The actors involved were Patrick McBrearty, Megan Armitage, Troy Devaney, Diarmaid Doherty and Aoife Lennon.

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