Derry Girls’ Saoirse-Monica Jackson Performs Shakespeare… In the dark

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  • See Shakespeare as you’ve never seen it performed before… with star of award-winning Channel 4 sitcom, Derry Girls, Saoirse-Monica Jackson, delivering an unexpected twist on The Bard’s work in a new weekly content series to celebrate the return of live theatre curated in partnership with The Sexton Single Malt Irish Whiskey and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
  • Famed for her critically-acclaimed role as the troublesome and sarcastic Erin Quinn, watch as the actress performs four scenes from some of Shakespeare’s most iconic plays, including HamletThe Taming of the ShrewA Midsummer Night’s Dream and of course… Macbeth
  • Kicking off with Hamlet, a new episode will be released weekly throughout October, with each performance paired with a cocktail that embodies the play
  • The first episode will be available on Instagram from 6pm on Thursday 7th October: https://www.instagram.com/thesextonuk.irl
  • To donate to the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, please visit: https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/support-us/donate/

You’ve seen it on stage, you’ve seen it on the big screen, but now see Shakespeare as you’ve never seen it before… in the dark, as The Sexton enlists the help of Saoirse-Monica Jackson, star of award-winning Channel 4 sitcom, Derry Girls, to feature in a new weekly content series set to reinvigorate the UK’s passion for theatre and culture.

Curated in partnership with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, the world’s leading authority on Shakespeare’s work, life and times, the weekly series created to celebrate the return of live theatre sees Saoirse deliver an unexpected twist to some of The Bard’s most iconic plays.

Shakespeare in the Dark delivers a unique and playfully dark twist on the familiar. Synonymous with live theatre, The Sexton sees a kindred spirit in The Bard and sees in his work a duty to celebrate, keep alive and encourage people back to theatres across the land. As Shakespeare himself said, “All the world’s a stage” and for The Sexton, that means being free to play the roles we were born to play. Created to celebrate the creative and irreverent, the series breathes fresh life into Shakespeare’s most famous works and challenges expectations, making it enticingly disruptive and accessible for a modern-day audience – much like The Sexton itself!

Celebrated for her critically-acclaimed performance as Erin Quinn in the hit Channel 4 sitcom, Derry Girls, fans of The Sexton will be treated to a side of the actress far removed from her familiar comedic persona as she performs multiple roles simultaneously, including Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and not one, but all three witches in Macbeth – each injected with her individual brand of wit and humour.

Hailing from Northern Ireland, the spiritual home of The Sexton, Saoirse worked closely with experts at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust to bring The Bard’s works to life, helping her to deliver a star performance that leaves no doubt as to why she is on course to set Hollywood alight.

Dr. Anjna Chouhan at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, said: “Shakespeare is widely recognised as the world’s greatest playwright, so how better to demonstrate the power of performance than by getting up-close-and-personal with his wonderful plays? With his work still as relevant today as it was 400 years ago, this reimagining of some of his most iconic plays is sure to ignite the inner thespian in all of us. So be like Shakespeare, march to the beat of your own drum and head on over to The Sexton’s Instagram channel and enjoy something truly unexpected.”

Fans of The Sexton can tune into a new episode of Shakespeare in the Dark from 6pm every Thursday throughout October. Exclusively available through The Sexton’s Instagram channel, the curious amongst us will be able to witness Saoirse-Monica Jackson perform her unique and unexpected take on a new Shakespeare play each week, including MacbethHamlet, The Taming of the Shrew and The Sexton’s personal favourite, A Midsummer Night’s Dream – because everybody knows the darkness is where magic comes alive!

The series kicks off on Thursday 7th October at 6pm with Act 3, Scene 1 of Hamlet and the infamous “Get Thee to a Nunnery’ scene. Performing the monologue, Saoirse delivers a performance that is both unexpected and as far removed as possible from the classrooms and corridors of Our Lady Immaculate College.

Is that a cocktail I see before me? Well of course, as a single malt made for mixing, The Sexton has also concocted a special cocktail pairing to be enjoyed during each performance which will be revealed each Wednesday, including:

  • Macbeth: The Bloody Manhattan
  • Hamlet: To Be Or Not to Bellini
  • The Taming of the Shrew: The Shrewdriver
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Mint-Summer Night’s Dream

But that’s not all… each week fans of The Sexton will be offered the chance to get their hands on a free bottle of The Sexton by simply guessing which of Shakespeare’s famous plays will be receiving The Sexton treatment that week, with clues posted every Monday.

For more information on The Sexton or to find out more about Shakespeare in the Dark, please visit The Sexton Whiskey Instagram page. Those looking to support the work of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in caring for Shakespeare’s heritage and sharing his enduring legacy can donate directly at https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/support-us/donate/

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