ITW Shakespeare Company

ITW  Shakespeare Company

“Strong, energetic and dynamic – an accomplished and original production” –Schools Shakespeare Festival on our Romeo & Juliet   - 

Our ITW Shakespeare Company have performed Hamlet, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice,  Romeo & Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing in recent years and we are delighted to have been selected again to participate in the Schools Shakespeare Festival 2019 with our production of Twelfth Night.  We perform in The MAC Belfast each year as part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival. We also brought our Company to Shakespeare's Globe in London to see Much Ado About Nothing live on stage!

Our past cast members have also won awards for Shakespeare in many competitions including the SDTI Festival and Feis Maitiu.

“Strong, energetic and dynamic – an accomplished and original production” – Schools Shakespeare Festival on our Romeo & Juliet  read the full appraisal report HERE

"We are Such Stuff as Dreams are Made on........"

  • Students love the language of Shakespeare

  • Musicality, movement and imagination skills are developed

  • Teamwork is key - every child is fully involved

  • Junior Cert Shakespeare is demystified

Our senior Shakespeare Company starts with a workshop on the 24th of november and continues then on Sunday mornings 11.30-1pm for term 2 .

Our Senior Squad will be looking at the Leaving Cert Shakespeare texts - and additional plays - getting them on their feet and performing excerpts, exploring the language and familiarising ourselves with the characters, plot and storylines. Breathing life into the texts from page to stage!

Our Junior Company Take one of Shakespeare’s plays that has been especially abridged to just 30 minutes in length, we work towards our performances in The MAC in Belfast in early November, followed by a home venue performance a couple of weeks later.


A high level of commitment is required and the rewards are huge!


Included are:

  • Intensive rehearsals every Sunday from 10pm-12pm during September and October.  

  • 3 or 4 full days of training and rehearsals during the October mid- term break after the bank holiday weekend.

  • A performance as part of the prestigious Schools Shakespeare Festival in The MAC, Belfast and the chance to watch 3 other Shakespeare plays that night.

  • Stay overnight in Vagabonds, Belfast 

  • A trip to the Titanic Exhibition, W5, or the Ulster Museum or similar.

  • Home venue performances that can be attended by friends and family.

The cost is €180 per student to participate (Sept/October workshops and rehearsals and including the October mid-term rehearsals and the participation fee) plus costs (costumes, train/coach fares, food and accommodation overnight in Belfast of approx €120).  

We encourage the parents to get on board to organise some fundraising activities (karaoke night/sponsored dramathon) to help pay for the costs, including overnight in Belfast and transport, costumes, props and so on. This is a collaborative project that everyone is expected to get involved with and support. 

ITW Shakespeare Company is for ITW Members only. (You must be taking 2 or more classes per week including a Drama class)