St Paul's Players takes Dragons to the RSC in Stratford
By Peevo | Sunday, April 29, 2012, 23:33
Dragons by St Paul's Players
Dragons by St Paul's Players
amateur theatre company based in Southville is taking an original production to
Stratford-upon-Avon in the summer, after being invited to take part in a
national drama festival by the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company.
St Paul's Players, which has been entertaining the community with quality
productions for more than 50 years, will be performing a play written
especially for the group called Dragons – based on the classic Shakespeare
tragedy King Lear.
audiences in Bristol will be the first to see the production when it makes its
debut at the Bierkeller Theatre in the city centre, from May 22 to 24.
takes the themes from King Lear and throws them into the chaotic future of a
world plunged into anarchy following a global financial crisis. It is a
production anchored firmly in Bristol using images of derelict areas of Stokes
Croft as the backdrop for play, which have been produced by city-based
photographer Liz Eve.
original script has been penned by television writer David Heslop and it is
being directed by Bristol-based journalist Kirsty Hemming, who has also
appeared in recent St Paul's Players productions.
show is part of the Royal Shakespeare Company's Open Stages season and will be
performed at The Dell open air theatre in Stratford on June 24. Then on July 6 the
group will move to the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff, where selected scenes will
be showcased along with a number of theatre groups from the region as part of
who lives in Southville, says: "Dragons is a fantastic and innovative
production which we are really looking forward to performing it first at the
Bierkeller Theatre which is the perfect setting for the play.
are of course very excited about the prospect of performing in
Stratford-upon-Avon as part of the RSC's Open Stages competition, which would
be a first for our group.
quality of the performances from all the actors in Dragons is really impressive
and everybody in the group is giving their time voluntarily to make sure the
production is the best it can be and that we can realise the vision of the
writer who has created the script for the St Paul's Players."
David Heslop said he had been thinking about adapting a Shakespeare play for
some time when he was asked take on the script for the St Paul's Players.
said: "The germ of this idea came from me trying to think of a Shakespearean
story that would work well in the future and I loved the idea of King Lear in
about the idea of order breaking down in times of strife, and of the men and
women who are strong enough to keep a society together. These themes, would
allow me to paint a picture rarely seen in Shakespearean adaptations."
features Peter Irwin in the lead role of The Dragon, with Christine Sargent, Helen
Parker, Dominic Newton, Toby Rome and Natasha Finch taking up the major roles.
information about tickets for The Dragons at the Bierkeller Theatre from May 22
to 24, and upcoming performances in Cardiff and Stratford-upon-Avon, please go