Summer 2017, at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin.


Conor hanratty

I'm a theatre director from Dublin, Ireland, currently based in Atlanta, GA. I've been a passionate Shakespeare interpreter and fan for as long as I can remember. Studying Macbeth for the Irish end-of-high-school Leaving Certificate made me want to be a theatre director more than an academic, but the balancing act between the two options continues to delight me.

I worked for over a year with the great Japanese director Yukio Ninagawa (on Shakespeare projects that included The Comedy of Errors, Titus Andronicus and a wild Japanese play that included elements of ALL of the plays) and then my first ever professional job in ireland was working with Second Age Theatre Company on productions of Othello and Macbeth. I have myself directed Much Ado About Nothing, All's Well That Ends Well and Romeo & Juliet. I also founded Text|Messages, a successful enterprise at Project Arts Centre that gave directors a platform to experiment with Shakespeare's plays. 

This podcast is an opportunity to explore the play that fascinates me the most, because I find it terribly difficult, terribly moving, and terribly rich. I hope we will have a terribly good time going through it!