“Hmm, let me think – me, a Shakespeare nut, direct one of his funniest plays in the unique setting of our historic castle, beloved of Keats – less beloved, it has to be said, of Charles I… it took me all of five seconds to say yes.”
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.
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.
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).
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…
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.