Uillinn; West Cork Arts Centre and the West Cork Education Centre are delighted to have brought West Cork schools the opportunity to experience a production by the Abbey Theatre Community & Education Department and Baboró International Arts Festival for Children touring as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Commemorations, in association with the Department of Education and Skills.
by Ali White
Directed by Sarah Fitzgibbon
Thursday 3 March 2016 at Uillinn; West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen
Me, Mollser is a specially commissioned monologue play, part of the Abbey Theatre’s Priming the Canon series which introduces classic Irish plays to a younger audience. This performance will retell The Plough and the Stars by Sean O’Casey through the eyes of its youngest character, Mollser, telling the story of the Easter Rising 1916 through the magical power of a performance and workshop.
The world of Mollser, is introduced by a performer/facilitator who prepares the students for the deprivations and camaraderie of tenement life. Mollser herself has lost none of her spirit and cheerfully interacts with the audience as well as leading them through a post-show workshop supported by online syllabus-linked resources. Aimed at ages 10 yrs and up, the play introduces the audience to a strong willed and passionate young woman coping with consumption against the backdrop of the 1913 Lock-Out and the Easter Rising. Me, Mollser is a compelling, funny and poignant monologue performed by an experienced actor/facilitator skilled in working with a range of school groups. The actor is supported by a facilitator/stage manager who introduces the play and helps run the post-show workshop. The Abbey provides online resources linked to the production that cover topics and issues raised in the O'Casey play such as the Easter Rising 1916 and the rights of the child. The web resources include four drama schemes designed by Sarah Fitzgibbon, the Abbey Theatre’s educational drama practitioner. You can access the resources at mollser.com including Drama, English, History and SPHE resources. A Teachers Pack is available on This Link.
This was an exciting opportunity for schools to experience a quality theatre production from a national institution, designed specifically for schools with supporting resources, without leaving West Cork. For more information, please contact Alison at Uillinn, West Cork Arts Centre; email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 028 22090