Grad Play 2020

Tuesday, October 27th, 2020 at 3:32 pm | News & Events

The Gaiety School of Acting Class of 2020 Presents Decameron Tales


The year is 1353, and the setting, an opulent Italian villa. Giovanni Boccaccio’s young men and women of The Decameron distract themselves from the encroaching plague and stave off the boredom of quarantine by weaving tales of terror, triumph and titillation. 

A mere 700 years later the Gaiety School of Acting class of 2020, distracting themselves from the encroaching plague and staving off the boredom of quarantine, bring you a reworked, revamped radio version of some of these 14th Century novellas – Decameron Tales. 

To be released episodically on Spotify and ACast from November 3rd, this podcast will whisk you into its flamboyant tales of love and subterfuge, before landing you gently in its poetic pillows of heartbreak. 

Rewritten and adapted by the GSA class of 2020 and Clare Maguire who also directs and Sound Design, Recording & Mixing by Thomas Donoghue, Decameron Tales is the rollicking riot of colour, fun and escapism that you’re in desperate need of this winter.

Find the first episode on Acast here and Spotify here. 

Cast and Credits

Director Clare Maguire Sound Design, Editing and Mixing Thomas Donoghue

Video & Photography Thom McDermott
Costume Design Dearbhla O’Beirne
Lighting Design Shane Gill
Voice Coach Russell Smith
Movement and Choreography Libby Seward
Dramaturg Maureen White
Production Manager and Covid Compliance Officer Sinead Purcell
Stage Manager Ciara Gallagher


Cast List 

Lauretta   Dara Keegan

Valentina   Gwenaëlle Gillet

Emilia   Fiona Bergin

Elisa  Dympna Heffernan 

Stefano   Christopher O’Sullivan

Filostrato   Matt Lenehan

Filomena   Emma Parsons

Panfilo   Darragh Gilhooly

Lisabetta   Sidonie Welton

Neifile   Grace Keelin

Dioneo   Goja Gojevic

Fiammetta   Lisa Murphy

Pampinea   Eimear Mullen-Frew

Federigo   Aidan Stevens

Lorenzo   David Peic

Giovanni   Louis Kehoe