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The Merchant of Venice Video Released

Kildare Youth Theatre is excited to announce that our recorded 2021 productions of William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice have been published.

Due to the complications surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, our production is unique in that it was entirely recorded in film format alongside a number of live performances. For this, we collaborated with the brand new soearth studio in Kill, Co. Kildare.

The Merchant of Venice was directed by Peter Hussey, and features a strong cast of young people, led by Kim Morrison (Portia), Joe Brown (Bassanio), and Douglas Morrison (Antonio), with Oğuzhan Şahin and Luke O' Brien sharing the role of Shylock. They are supported by Lauren Giltrap, Clara Quinto, Athina Fragkou, Kashmala Aamir, Eoghan Kenna, Marcel Szameta, Oisín Fletcher-Newman, Nicole Reid, Sinéad Mooney, Tara Mooney, Marco Mazza, Iona Morrison, Megan Tuohey, Mia Devine, Louis Javaherian and Aidan Forde. Some of the cast are studying the play in Junior Cert, while others are in Senior Cycle. They are supported by members who are in university.

The production was stage managed by Nikos Chatzakis, one of Crooked House's European Solidarity Corps volunteers. Other ESC volunteers were Athina, Oğuzhan and Marco who are in the cast.

These productions were shot and edited by videographer Alec Delaney, featuring sound by Cormac Dowdall.

Our 2021 production of The Merchant of Venice was unique in that it featured two seperate casts. Each cast has their own dedicated video.

Watch below our first cast of The Merchant of Venice, featuring Luke O'Brien as Shylock, Kashmala Aamir as Jessica and Lauren Giltrap as Nerissa.

Or alternatively, watch it on the Crooked House YouTube page.


Watch below the second cast of The Merchant of Venice, featuring Oguzhan Sahin as Shylock, Athina Fragkou as Jessica and Clara Quinto as Narissa:

Or alternatively, watch it on the Crooked House YouTube page.

We would like to thank our casts, production team, audience members and the soearth studio for their perseverance and dedicated hard work through the pandemic-related struggles faced throughout the production.

If you would like to know more about this production, visit our 2021 archive (soon to be released), or contact us at info[at]crookedhouse[dot]ie


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