Monday, 15 December 2008

Festival First Night

The first night of the Shakespeare Festival proper - with three pieces directed by our MA Directors and performed by the second years. It's the first time that student shows have gone into the refurbished theatre.

The premise of the work is to take Shakespeare as a stimulus for thirty minutes of performance - be that through adaption, excerpt or retelling.

The first bill, which will be repeated tomorrow evening featured a clubbed together slapstick version of rude mechanicals from A Midsummer Night's Dream, the Goneril, Regan plot from King Lear and a sea shanty version of Pericles. Later in the week we'll have a dance piece based on Ophelia's funeral, a cropped version of Hamletmachine and an American short imagining a meeting between Juilet, Portia and Katherine from Taming of the Shrew.

Elsewhere The Times have published this article, which begins to redress the injustice of the tabloid attacks on The Comedy School.

... and I thought we might be winding up!

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