Priming The Canon is a series of specially commissioned monologues that introduce the classics of Irish theatre to a younger audience. This is achieved through the magical power of a live performance in your own school along with classroom resources.
The first in the series is Me, Mollser by Ali White. This piece is based on the character of Mollser, a fifteen year old consumptive who appears in The Plough and the Stars by Sean O’Casey.
Aimed at 5th and 6th class pupils, the online resources cover topics and issues raised in the O’Casey play. Topics such as the 1916 Rising and the rights of the child link with 5th and 6th class History, English and SPHE curricula.
The web resources for programmes include four drama schemes designed by an experienced educational drama practitioner with extensive experience of the Irish primary school system. All the schemes have been designed with the performance piece in mind. They can be taught independently of the piece, allowing teachers to engage with this programme year on year.
- Drama: Pupils have the opportunity to engage and respond to a piece of live theatre and avail of a session on theatre making, inspired by the piece.
- English: Online Resources are supplied to help with reviewing, writing documents in a variety of styles, engaging with an historical texts and exploring artifacts.
- History: Students can engage with archival materials of the time within the structure of a drama workshop. The topics covered include life at the beginning of the last century, the 1913 Dublin Lockout and the 1916 Rising.
- SPHE: Students are tasked with creating an exhibition reviewing child poverty and living conditions at the time of Molser’s life. They can then compare it with today’s lifestyles and explore a drama workshop on the rights of the child.
We appreciate the time demands and challenges that face teachers. This programme is designed to achieve the greatest impact with a minimal amount of involvement. No pre-work is required from the teacher. However there is an optional drama workshop on life in tenement Dublin that teachers may avail of prior to the Abbey Theatre’s visit.
Structure of the Abbey Theatre Visit
(consisting of a facilitator and performer)
• The preshow intervention within the classroom – 20 minutes.
• Performance piece in the school hall – 30 minutes.
• Theatre making discussion/ workshop – 10 to 15 minutes.
• Teacher commitment overall (including booking) – 90 minutes.
Note: The teacher must be present for all elements of the programme.
Our aim is to give Primary Schools an opportunity to engage with the Abbey Theatre in a new and entertaining way. We welcome feedback on the development of this and other pieces of work. We would like you to aid us in this by filling out a questionnaire reviewing the programme after our visit.
To find out more about the programme contact Phil Kingston or (01) 879 7319.
To book a visit contact our Box Office on (01) 87 87 222.
The cost is €5 per student which includes the performance visit as well as four schemes of work and access to online resources to support these.