23rd Jul, 2018

A chance to join in with one of the Bard’s classic comedies

Rob George 12th Jan, 2018

ASPIRING Evesham actors are being invited to tread the boards in a new production of Shakespeare’s shortest play

Eric Jones, who directs The Festival Players in Evesham, is planning a production in the spring of The Comedy of Errors and already has a number of teenagers who are keen to present the play

A number of parts are still available for the performance which is set to take place in May towards the end of the spring half term in different venues.

The production is planned for teenagers to perform so it will almost uniquely be entirely a young people’s cast for a Shakespeare play.

The Festival Players have presented some outstanding drama in both Evesham and Stratford upon Avon in recent years.

In the summer of 2017, Teens Tackle Shakespeare filled the Almonry Garden in Evesham with twenty teenagers who presented excerpts from eight different Shakespeare, and other, plays, plus some music and song, as part of The Evesham Festival of Words.

The evening certainly surprised and pleased parents and teachers who were astounded at what young people could achieve.

And the previous year saw the group take over a small performance space at The Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford to perform a similar evening called An Audience with Words. Eric Jones also tutors several of the youngsters involved already doing Bronze (Grade 6) or Silver (Grade 7) LAMDA solo acting exams.

Now the plan is to present a complete play, which is quite an undertaking but all existing members are very keen.

Comedy of Errors is quite simply a romp into the farcical

Two sets of identical twins, masters and servants, separated at birth and growing up in different towns, accidentally come together in the same town at the same time when one set of twins tries to track down the other.

Their friends don’t recognise which one of the twins they are talking to. Even the wife of one does not recognise the man who comes home for dinner – thinking it is her husband!

The ‘husband’ has debts owing to a local jeweller who tries to collect his money from the wrong brother, who in turn is arrested and thinks the world has gone mad.

The servant twins don’t even recognise their correct master – all of which causes mayhem until a chance set of circumstances brings them all together – unbelieving, but happy to be re-united at last.

Any local teenager into drama or acting is invited to get in touch with Eric Jones on 01386 48788 e-mail ericjones41@hotmail.co.uk for more details.

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