Zoe’s Play (schools performances)
5 Mar - 23 Mar
Zoe’s Play (schools performances)

An engaging and powerful play by John McArdle for 3rd-6th classes

Dates & times Tuesdays – Fridays, 5 – 22 March: 10:15am, 12:15pm
Duration 65 minutes
Class range 3rd – 6th class

A captivating prequel to a well-loved fairytale, Zoe’s Play tells the story of a child who recognizes that her father’s actions are leading to dangerous consequences for the forest surrounding her home. As the wolves living in the forest are driven to find alternative sources of food, we join Zoe as she struggles to make her concerns for her grandmother’s safety heard. Raising the issue of sustainability and the impact of the endless march of urbanisation on our landscape, Zoe’s Play ultimately asks us to consider what the children of today and tomorrow will inherit.

Directed by David Horan (Can You Catch a Mermaid, Anglo the Musical at the Olympia, Halcyon Days), Zoe’s Play promises to be a powerful, impactful and dramatic theatrical experience for boys and girls aged 8-13.

Written by John McArdle | Áine Ni Laoghaire Zoe |  Ruth Lehane Mama/Nana | Karl Quinn Dada | David Horan Director | Maria Fleming Producer | Maree Kearns Set/Costume Design | Sinead McKenna Lighting Design | Denis Clohessy Sound Design | Bryan Burroughs Movement Director | Mark Rooney Production Manager | Maisie Lee Stage Manager/Assistant Director | Franco Bistoni Production Assistant          

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Commissioned by The Ark in 1999, Zoe’s Play toured nationally before playing at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC to great acclaim. The new 2013 production is presented in celebration of The Ark’s 18th birthday.

Tickets €6.50/€4.50 concessions for DEIS schools and schools travelling from outside Dublin

Schools & groups should call 01 670 7788 to book. 

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Attending and reflecting on a performance of Zoe’s Play by John McArdle with your class will explore many of the key strands of the drama, English and SESE curricula, particularly in relation to: examining the relationship between story, theme and life experience; using insights arising out of dramatic action to draw conclusions about life and people; receptiveness to language, natural environments, living things, and environmental awareness and care.