Programme two in the series, The Ghosts of Priory Hall, written by Frank O’Connor and adapted from the play A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
The ghosts of the ghost estates in Clongriffin (Including Priory Hall, the famous estate that residents had to leave) live in an alternative world parallel with our own. O’Brien owns a ghost chipper and is involved in a custody battle with his wife over a child. He recruits his assistant Packy to hypnotise his wife with magic spice bag dust and cause her to fall in love with the first thing she sees. The plan goes wrong in the confusion of a midsummer night, however, and all the wrong ghosts end up falling in love with each other. It is up to Pack and O’Brien to fix things and restore order before sunrise.
Classroom Resources for The Ghosts of Priory Hall, based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream
The plays are accompanied by a series of resources including all worksheets and are intended to be used either as an introduction to, or revision tool for, the play on which it is based. During the period of study, students are encouraged to use their critical faculties to explore the plot, themes,and characters.
The plays were written by experienced, award-winning, local Dublin playwrights in conjunction with English teachers. Larry (based on King Lear) and McBen (based on Macbeth) are intended for TY or Leaving Cert students while The Ghosts of Priory Hall (based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream) is intended for a Junior Cycle or TY group. However, all plays are suitable for any English classroom depending on the age and stage of the learners.
The worksheets require the students to consider the play in its own right but for those classes who have already read the original play, there is is also scope for the class to compare and contrast it with the contemporary re-writing, thus also preparing them for the comparative section of Leaving Cert English Paper II. In addition, there are personal writing activities provided which encourage students to think creatively about Shakespeare’s works.
The lessons have been designed to ensure maximum flexibility for a classroom. There is a sufficient choice in activities to allow a teacher to use this with students of all levels. The worksheets are self-explanatory for the student and teacher and are broken down into three stages; pre-listening, active listening and post-listening activities.
There is enough work for approximately 5-10 periods of around forty minutes.