Shakespeare Lives

Shakespeare Lives through Kenneth Branagh on Stage and Screen

For Cruinniú na nÓg 2018 we have an Exhibition and workshops at the Museum of Childhood Ireland office.

Few have done more to celebrate and popularise the work of Shakespeare than actor and director, Kenneth Branagh, born in Belfast in December 1960. From his early days at RADA Drama School to his present theatrical work, Branagh’s name has been closely intertwined with that of the Bard.

This exhibition celebrates Kenneth Branagh’s remarkable – and prolific – career which has seen him breathe new life into Shakespeare on stage and screen, and open up the work of Shakespeare to a global audience. It features rarely seen artefacts from the Sir Kenneth Branagh Archive in Special Collections, the McClay Library at Queen’s University Belfast, which illustrate the actor-director’s remarkable Shakespearean career, from his debut as Henry V with the Royal Shakespeare Company aged just 23 to his Oscar-nominated screen adaptation of Hamlet, and beyond.

The exhibition will travel to various locations across Ireland and Northern Ireland throughout the year.

For more information on the exhibition contact Liz McBain at the British Council, Ireland:

Part of ‘Shakespeare Lives Across the Island of Ireland: Conversations and Celebrations‘ an unprecedented programme of events in Ireland and Northern Ireland celebrating the work of William Shakespeare (1564–1616) and commemorating the enduring appeal of the Bard 400 years after his death.

Exhibition Curation and Text: Rosaleen Hickey

Exhibition Consultant: Prof. Mark Thornton Burnett, QUB

Thanks to: Special Collections, the McClay Library, Queen’s University Belfast

Supported by: The GREAT campaign

We are delighted to announce that Cynthia Martin, a current PhD candidate in modern Shakespeare adaptation in the School of Arts, English and Languages, Queen’s University, Belfast will join Majella McAllister from the Museum of Childhood Ireland to present (free) accompanying workshops on the exhibition to students, on the utility of using film adaptation to study Shakespeare. 

Creative workshops on writing DRAMA! will follow weekly throughout the year.

“It was so lovely meeting the museum team yesterday and getting to know the children in your community. Below are a few links to some of the productions I introduced in the workshop.” Cynthia Martin.

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The British Council, Ireland.

School of Arts, English, and Languages,

Queen’s University, Belfast.

The Museum of Childhood Ireland.

Contact: Majella McAllister