The Actors Wheel theatre company based at the University takes an exciting production ‘The Winter’s Tale’ to the road this month on a South West tour.
Previewing 11 May at Derriford’s Desmond Tutu Theatre, Shakespeare lovers and those new to Shakespeare will experience a retelling of his most enigmatic work of love, jealously and redemption.
Natasha Buckley, an Associate Lecturer on the University’s BA Acting programme, spoke to us during rehearsals. She said: “It’s a stunning piece of theatre with contemporary references that will explore undiscovered waters and undreamed shores and be accessible to all.”
“If you want to see one of Shakespeare’s four ‘problem plays’, it is one of his finest and one which confronts the complexities of human emotion. There is nothing flowery or contrived - it’s about human experience.”
“There will be a few surprises; seagulls, dead children, domestic abuse. The actors have composed their own music and will be playing instruments as well as acting.”
Designer Jacqueline Ball from Stiltskin Theatre has created two worlds through polarised sets; a closed dark world of Sicilia with slatted screens which open out like origami, and a soft world of Bohemia, both of which are designed to work indoors and outdoors at Sterts Theatre, near Liskeard.
Performers from The Actors Wheel are first year acting students but are treated as professional actors from day one. They are expected to work a 9-5 day with strict rules preparing them for the real world of theatre and film. As such, we are promised high quality performances, with last year’s production of Faustus receiving rave reviews from audiences who were "held spellbound as the story unfolded through a cast which was in top form, brimming with wit and ingenuity in their interpretation. The breathless choreographed climax brought the audience to its feet and a standing ovation.”
Buckley continued: “It’s an ensemble piece and is challenging for the cast who are on the stage all of the time. For those who are new to performing Shakespeare they are learning a new language, and one line of iambic pentameter completely fills up your lungs. This is a fantastic company and we’re excited to work in each of the venues.”
Plymouth (University of St Mark & St John)
- 11-13 May at 7:30pm, Desmond Tutu Theatre
- Tickets: £8/£6 from firstname.lastname@example.org
- 26 May at 7:30pm, Sterts Theatre
- Book online or call 01579 362382
- 27 May at 7:30pm, The Flavel Arts Centre
- Book online or call 01803 839 530
- 28 May at 7:30pm, Barbican Theatre
- Book online or call 01752 267131
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