5th Year Trip to Hamlet. On the 12th February 5th year students from St. Mary's travelled to the Helix theatre in DCU to view Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'. Over 50 students set out on the journey to Dublin on a misty Friday morning. The excitement of our three English teachers was obvious, however, the same could not be said for the students with the exception of a few. Any doubtful expectations about the play itself were soon put to rest following the opening scenes as the fine acting enticed the audience. The excellent sound effects were ever present throughout the duration of the play interwoven with the outstanding stage directions. A talking point of the play between the students was the costume of the main character. Although his acting skills were almost flawless, his Conor McGregor t-shirt was less desirable, causing quite a stir and chat among the startled students. However thankfully he shared similar acrobatic ability to Conor McGregor as he dived off the stage only to tumble back on a moment later adding excitement and humour to a predominantly serious play. Another humorous feature was the comical moments the character Polonius shared with the crowd. Despite having no white beard or in fact any beard at all, the actor portraying Polonius entertained the crowd until the fatal ending. However, the shining star of the marvellous production was the deceitful Claudius. Countless times I was guilty of reminding myself that it was in fact a play and not real life although his performance was out of this world. His dramatic body language was positively noticeable along with his sole yet unforgettable soliloquy. Overall I think it would be fair to score this play a solid 9/10. The play was not the only attraction of the day as many students were impressed with the impressive facilities of DCU. On the way home the bus was brimming with career choice conversations, praise for the play with the odd critic and finally discussion on places to dine in Liffey Valley, a rewarding stop off for the students' excellent behaviour. It was immensely enjoyable day made possible by our three English teachers - Ms. Malone, Ms. McNamee and Ms. Lawton. By Eanna Lowry.