The King Lear Session REBOOT!

Cyclone Rep perform "The King Lear Session". Photo Joleen Cronin


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Following your feedback we’ve created a new version of The King Lear Session.  This revised show explores the motivations of Lear, Kent, Goneril, Regan, Cordelia, Gloucester and Edmund with humour, discussion and arguments that focus on the major themes of the play. And as always is performed faithfully to the text with top notch dramatic performances.


Topics and themes analysed in this Session: The Natural Order vs. The Unnatural; Filial Ingratitude; Madness; The Divine Right of Kings; The Nature of Man; Power and Responsibility; Families Mirroring Nations; The Parallels of Lear and Gloucester’s Journey; The Political Context of Lear’s Time.



“Dramatic, engaging and thought provoking. Suitable for both higher and ordinary levels. A great performance.”(Caroline Mc Cauley, Gairmscoil Mhic Diarmada, Arranmore Island)



“Excellent. A modern, comprehensive overview, played beautifully. Particularly loved your portrayal of the Fool.” (Maria Rushe, Colaiste Ailigh, Donegal)



“Excellent performance. Great connection with audience.”  (Ellen O Neill, Chriost Ri, Cork)



“A well delivered, unique take on Shakespeare that truly engaged the students interest.” (Vincent Foley, Patrician Academy, Cork)



Adaptation and Direction by: Peadar Donohoe

Cast: David Peare, Angela Newman, Anne Doyle, Leah Wood, Kieran O’Leary & Luke Barry

Film: Luke Barry

Props Design and Construction: Davy Dummigan

Costumes: Mary Newman