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Bringing Shakespeare plays alive in class at UL

Innovative teaching is something we pride ourselves on in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. This week our first year English students were treated to performances by members of UL Drama Society of snippets of Shakespeare plays during their lecture.


Organised by Dr Carrie Griffin, the aim was to encourage fresh approaches and readings of the plays by highlighting their performativity and how that contributes to meaning. The lecture concentrated on the cultural significance and particular conditions of theatrical production in Elizabethan and Jacobean London.

The student actors included:

  • Danielle McCarthy (BA Arts)
  • Kate Devaney (BA Journalism & New Media)
  • Sarah Devaney (Law Plus)
  • Derek Williams (Biological and Chemical Sciences)
  • Conor O’Brien (Aeronautical Engineering)


Students of English at entry level bring with them very little awareness of the fact that Shakespeare’s plays were written to be performed. At second level they engage in a very close way with the themes and language of the text, often without a sense that those elements of Shakespeare’s plays are closely in dialogue with and reflective of the theatre of the Early Modern period. The work of Shakespeare provides an ideal springboard for transitioning: it is already familiar to many students, and much is known about the conditions under which his plays were produced.


The module EH4002 Critical Practice 2: Renaissance Literature is available to our LM002 Bachelor of Arts students.



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