As You Like It

Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Karen Carleton
Performed in Airfield, Dundrum, June 2008

Rough winds and rain did shake the performances out of the garden and indoors, but the show went on in the shelter of the Library in Airfield House. The midsummer stormy forecast was not as we would have liked it, but come rain or shine, the summer Shakespeare production in 2008 was staged, as usual, in Airfield House, Dundrum. 'As You Like It' by William Shakespeare was directed by Karen Carleton, who worked with a cast and crew of around thirty people to bring the play to five performances during June in Airfield and the Mill Theatre.



Three Performances in the Gardens of Airfield House, Dundrum

The performances scheduled for the open air were from Saturday 21 June to Monday 23 June at 8pm in the gardens of Airfield House, Dundrum. The rain and stormy weather meant that the performances were moved indoors to the Library in Airfield house.

Two Performances in the Mill Theatre, Dundrum

There were two additional performances, in the round, on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 June at 8pm in the Mill Theatre.

Some of the cast presented a short half-hour extract in Cabinteely Park on Saturday 17 May as part of the 'Centre Stage' programme run by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.

'As You Like It' was probably written around 1598–1600, during the last years of Elizabeth’s reign.

It's a pastoral play, a genre which usually involves exiles from urban or court life who run to the refuge of the countryside, often disguised as shepherds to converse with other shepherds on a range of established topics, from the relative merits of life at court versus life in the country to the relationship between nature and art. This comedy plays with simple rivalries: court versus country, realism versus romance, reason versus mindlessness, nature versus fortune, young versus old, and those who are born into nobility versus those who acquire their social standing. Shakespeare does not take sides. Instead, 'As You Like It' offers up a world of choices and endless possibilities together with the simultaneous pleasures and pains of being human.

The play contains some great speeches and comic moments that combine to make a very entertaining show.

A copy of the cast list is available in PDF format to view or download.

A PDF copy_of_the_leaflet for the Mill Theatre performances is available here. To view it, click on the link. To download a copy, right-click on the link and select 'Save Link As' or 'Save Target As'. The file size is 114KB.

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Duke Senior – A Banished Duke
First Lady – also banished
Jaques – a melancholy
Amiens & Singers in attendance

Duke Frederick his Brother
Le Beau a Courtier
Charles – A fencer
Oliver De Boys
Jacques De Boys
Orlando De Boys
Adam, retainer to De Boys
Rev.Oliver Martext, a country vicar Corin (Shepherds)
Phebe (Shepherdess)
Audrey, country wench
Rosalind, daughter of Duke Senior
Celia, daughter of Duke Frederick
Dukes retinue 1st and 2nd Lords

A Masquer representing Hymen

Brendan Dunne
Mary Ryan
Declan Brennan
Jacqui Lee
Mags O'Driscoll
Audrey Harte
Niall O’Kennedy
Hilary Madigan
Fergal Cleary
Rupert Heather
Niall O'Kennedy
Ciaran Dwyer
Jim Carroll
Kevin Fahey
Francis Cahill
Dominic Lavin
Muriel Caslin O’Hagan
Óran O’Rua
Cathal Kilcline
Joanne Keane
Bernadette McLoughlin
Niamh Daly
Siamha Ni Aonghusa
Luke Kenny, Mark McKenna,
Cathal Kilclin
Fergal Cleary, Tony MC
Karina Steffans, Caroline Harold,
Orla Cooney

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