Above: As you like it, featuring Gemma Collins and Darragh Shannon. Pic: Louis Wild
Kinsale College presents two comedies directed by Belinda Wild this May, ‘The Shaugraun’ by Dion Boucicault and ‘As You Like it’ by William Shakespeare. Wrap up warm and bring a friend to enjoy a theatrical treat in Kinsale college’s unique open air amphitheatre.
In ‘The Shaugraun’, the sister of an escaped Fenian prisoner falls in love with the English Captain sent to capture him. Their story unfolds amidst dancing flowers, a daring jailbreak, treachery and shenanigans in 19th century County Sligo. Featuring a land-grabbing villain, his devious sidekick, a priest with a conscience, lovely ladies and a charming rogue, and introducing Tatters the lurcher dog, an energetic cast bring a fresh and imaginative look to this enduring comic tale of forbidden attraction. May 2, 3, 7, 8, 9 at 8pm and Sunday Matinee, May 4 at 3pm
‘As You Like it’ tells the story of Rosalind who, after falling in love with a wrestler, is banished from court and, disguised as a man, heads to the magical forest of Arden where anything goes. There, she encounters the wrestler once more, only now she is wearing a moustache and smoking a pipe. Sunny as a woodland glade, As You like It is Shakespeare’s pastoral symphony to the ‘good life’. His enchanted world of foolish philosophers and philosophising fools where, surrounded by trees, everyone falls in love at the drop of a jester’s hat, is one we should all visit more often. Don’t pass up the chance. May 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 at 8pm.
Tickets: €10 and €5. Bookings: 085 8309359.