Cyclone Rep is a Cork-based professional Theatre-in-Education company. We provide audiences of children and young people with an exciting and multi-faceted theatrical experience that engages and entertains, enriches and educates. A key concern for the company is delivering work that stakeholders have a need for. This concern has been rewarded with exceptional growth in the last four years – audience expansion by more than twelve hundred percent.
The company’s main focus to date has been to create and present accessible and fun theatrical experiences of Shakespearean texts for second-level students (12-18 year olds). This is achieved through a combination of performance and workshop. In response to stakeholder feedback Cyclone Rep expanded the company’s repertoire in the last year to include two original works: one based on the Leaving Cert Poetry Curriculum - The Poetry Session and also the Amber Flag accredited Bullying Prevention Session.
Cyclone Rep presents in theatres and schools nationwide, offering relevant and thought –provoking, lively and engaging professional performances. In addition to being of outstanding artistic quality, these performances are informed by our experience and audience feedback. Cyclone Rep endeavours to address the age-specific needs of our young audiences as well as supporting their teachers and schools with original resource materials.
Feedback from the audience, teachers and schools also highlights the positive impact of Cyclone Rep’s work on young people. We aim to expand our reach in 2014/15 by offering a Primary School version of the Bullying Prevention Session for 3rd to 6th class pupils (9 – 12 year olds).
Cyclone Rep is growing its reputation for innovative work both nationally and internationally. As well as performing and participating at educational conferences, e.g., Scenario Forum, INOTE - Irish National Teachers of English, and the National Parents’ Council (Post-Primary), Cyclone Rep engages in research. The company continues its commitment to the mentoring of young artists and to the development of Theatre for Young Audiences.