A performance of Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare in Saint Stephen's Green, Dublin.
Horizon Productions Limited began three years ago when some actors got together on the streets of Dublin to re-enact passages from James Joyce's 'Ulysses’. There are 16 actors and eight crew taking part in this production of ‘Twelfth Night’ by William Shakespeare in the park at Saint Stephen’s Green.
Director John Farrell explains the Horizon's commitment to access in the arts and why they perform each summer for free.
Actor Dan Mullane, who plays Malvolio, says it is extremely challenging performing in the open air as you do not have a captive audience. There is also the issue of being heard and actors are really required to "play it up".
You get reactions from people who would never normally see Shakespeare.
John Farrell describes Shakespeare as a great, fun playwright and who wrote with the intention of his plays being performed outdoors. John Farrell believes that academics like to make Shakespeare difficult when in fact Shakespeare wrote for ordinary people.
The somewhat alternative interpretation to Twelfth Night, which involves song and dance, will run at Saint Stephen’s Green throughout June and July.
John Farrell outlines how the Horizon Productions has evolved over the last few years from a group of amateur or student actors to a largely professional acting group. This year, the group received a grant from the Department of Labour which along with sponsorship from Mars Ireland have helped to fund the project.
We do depend a lot on the generosity of sponsors and government bodies.
Dan Mullane has recently won a drama scholarship worth over £4,000. There is no formal training in Ireland and the scholarship will enable him to attend a three year acting course at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 19 June 1986.