RAISING THE CURTAIN #9: “All The World’s a Stage” – by Mitch Hamer

It was in ‘As You Like It’ that Shakespeare wrote the famous words ‘All The World’s a Stage’, and my experience of performing Shakespeare on the Island has proved just that. Who says that the stage MUST be a traditional proscenium arch in the theatre with rows of chairs of audience.

RAISING THE CURTAIN #8: “Why Shakespeare?” – by Maureen Sullivan

Why Shakespeare indeed!
Shakespeare gives us characters who are timeless, who wrestle with the same issues we still grapple with – self-doubt, greed, pride, jealousy, love and hate, wanting revenge – and at the same time his characters are capable of providing farce, slapstick comedy and general stupidity. Most of all, Shakespeare’s characters are human.

REVIEW: Shakespeare Schools Festival 2019 – at Medina Theatre

Thank you to Shakespeare Schools Festival, the teacher-directors and the casts for creating a pleasant evening of theatre. The three casts were extremely impressive!

“… a brilliant performance by Binstead Primary School”
“… highly engaging with a unique theme that showed ‘Macbeth’ in a new light” (The Island Free School)
“… always very ambitious with their themes and this year was no different… highly engaging and comedic” (Medina College).

REVIEW: The Taming of the Shrew – South Wight Youth Theatre

Taking on a Shakespeare play is a challenge for any theatre group; even more so for a youth theatre whose average age is in the low teens. After all, all teenagers hate Shakespeare, right? Not so – for every single young actor taking part in The Taming of the Shrew at The Island Free School…

CALENDAR: Merry Wives of Carisbrooke!?

English Heritage is teaming up with the Islands local theatrical talent to bring together a production of Shakespeare’s comedy, The Merry Wives of Windsor. The production will be set traditionally in the atmospheric surroundings of Carisbrooke Castle.