Speed Date TY Play 13th February 2014
On Thursday, 13th February, Fingal Community College held a production of the play 'Speed Date'. The play, directed by Mr O`Loughlin featured a brilliant performance from Transition Year students.
From the beginning of the play, the actors addressed the audience, with the character of Laura welcoming the audience as “fellow speed daters”. The cast engaged the audience with several monologues where the audience gained insight into the character`s mind and how they were feeling.
The play lasted forty-five minutes and the light-hearted quality of the play kept the audience thoroughly entertained from beginning to end. The most comical aspect of the play was that the two main characters Laura (played by Caoimhe) and John (played by Brian) struggled to find a suitable date, yet came across several comical, ridiculous, love obsessed, irritating and very strange characters during the speed dating session. Laura got more than she bargained for with a wide range of personalities from the; childish, the desperate to the ridiculous as one of the characters (played by Laurynas) showed up in a bear costume, Brad (played by Connor) quoted scenes from movies, while Sean (played by David) constantly mentioned his ex-girlfriends and Neil (played by Ciarán) brought up a marriage proposal. However, it was Francois (played by Lewis) that truly brought comedy to the play with his claim that “scent is the essence of attraction”.
The character John is shocked when he meets a cat obsessed Kirsten (played by Katie) that shows him pictures of her 30 cats which she refers to as her 'babies'. He struggles to impress a very particular Jen and he even gets interviewed by his date Pat (played by Aoife) who is more interested in her phone than her date. However, it was the character of Mary that I found truly hilarious. On her date with John, Velma (played by Amy) preformed a psych evaluation on her date, by showing him flash cards of pictures and analysing his results in front of him.
On the other hand, while portraying the characters in a humorous way, the play also gave insight into the characters and how they felt about being single. We learn that Sean`s girlfriend has left him, while Pat (played by Aoife) has been through a very difficult divorce and the 'Cat obsessed' Kirsten`s husband has passed away. This play delivered an insight into the types of people that speed date in a humorous manner which kept the audience thoroughly entertained.
At the end of the play, the audience received a hug from the Laura`s date that arrived in the bear costume. The play ended with thanks to Mr O`Loughlin, the Transition Year students as well as the teachers that helped them. Everyone clearly enjoyed the play and there is no doubt that the Transition Year play in Fingal Community College was once again a tremendous success.
Erica (6th Year Student)
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Public Access to Law
On the 1st and 8th of October, a barrister, Jadel Naidoo, gave the Transition Year class some insight to the whole area of law. As research before his visit, we watched a movie titled Twelve Angry Men. This gave us some background information prior to his visit about the jury system; however we knew we had lots more to learn.
On his first visit, Jadel, discussed the different types of courts and the role each one plays in the Irish legal system. He explained the various roles within the courtroom; judge, jury, plaintiff, defendant and registrar. We now know the difference between civil law and criminal law. There were some interesting facts, for example children under eight years of age cannot be convicted of any sort of crime. He continued to explain how the Irish prison system operates. We learned what happens in the different types of prisons. It took some of us by surprise how “soft” some of the jails were with televisions and play stations for example.
During his second visit we set up a workshop. We all had parts to play in a reenactment of two court cases, a murder case and an air rage case. We had to set up the classroom like a courtroom and each student played a specific role in each case.
This Public Access to Law module was very interesting and a very worthwhile experience. As a class we have gained a little more knowledge of a very complicated Irish legal system.
Written by Chloe & Lokyin
On Friday the 6th of September, the 1st Years and TY class got a chance to be detectives and explore the exciting world of forensic science. Education Interactive based in Australia, the UK and Ireland ran this interesting workshop. The hall was set up with a reconstruction of a murder case. Alison, from Education Interactive, gave us a quick introduction explaining the different areas of forensic science and which tools could be used in the gathering of evidence. It soon became apparent that we were dealing with a complicated case.
We had to piece together all the evidence and build up a case to prove who did it, what happened and why? The most fascinating sections were the ballistic, linguistic and the sections exploring the tyre tracks. We looked at a UV torch that highlighted blood stains and other vital evidence.
We learned that in reality, forensic science is not like what you see on popular TV shows nowadays. Cases are not solved within weeks. The case we were trying to solve took scientists 12-18 months. It is also interesting to see the various stages and processes a case could go through. It was certainly an enjoyable and mind-boggling afternoon.
Written by Katie and Grace