2011 The Winter’s Tale

The Sound Shell, Wellington Botanic Garden

As the sun sets and the shadows lengthen, another evening of Summer Shakespeare unfolds. The Victoria University of Wellington’s 2011 season of Summer Shakespeare brings you The Winter’s Tale, a tragicomedy embroidered with romance and brought to life in Wellington’s Botanic Garden.

When a powerful king falls in to a jealous and tyrannical fit, he loses everything that is important to him. But can the power of love triumph over fear and loss to bring redemption and reconciliation?

Directed by Lori Leigh and bringing together a cast of students and graduates from Victoria University of Wellington, Toi Whakaari, and Sydney’s National Institute of Dramatic Art, this production explores Shakespeare’s timeless play of prophecies, romance, drama, comedy, and wild bears through the “here and now” of rural New Zealand, bringing pastoral and theatrical magic to true blue sheep country. Come delight the senses and indulge the summer wiles with Summer Shakespeare 2011 The Winter’s Tale. Picnics optional, but very recommended.

THOSE OF SICILIA
LEONTES, the King JONATHAN PRICE
HERMIONE, his wife AMY USHERWOOD
MAMILLIUS, their young son CLARE WILSON
PERDITA, their daughter, born in prison and abandoned in Bohemia STELLA REID
EMILIA, a lady, attendant to Hermione XANDA EVES
CAMILLO, a councillor to Leontes KARIN McCRACKEN
ANTIGONUS, married to Paulina HAYDEN FROST
PAULINA, wife to Antigonus, friend to Hermione SOPHIE HAMBLETON
JAILER, to Hermione SHAUN McMASTER
MARINER MICHAEL POHL
LORDS MICHAEL POHL, OSCAR WEST, JOSEPH BAXTER, TRAVIS GRAHAM, SHAUN McMASTER, THEO TAYLOR
LADIES DEBORAH REA, SOPHIE SARGENT
TIME, as Chorus COMPANY
THOSE OF BOHEMIA
POLIXENES, the King TOM CLARKE
FLORIZEL, his son, who calls himself Doricles JOSEPH BAXTER
OLD SHEPHERD, thought to be the mother of Perdita LAURA BALMFORTH
THE CLOWN, her son TRAVIS GRAHAM
MOPSA, a shepherdess CLARE WILSON
DORCAS, a shepherdess LOUISE BURSTON
AUTOLYCUS, a rogue THEO TAYLOR
THE BEAR, ITSELF
SHEPHERDS and SHEPHERDESSES COMPANY

Producer ALISON WALLS
Production Manager DAVID GOLDTHORPE
Stage Manager DEBBIE FISH
Assistant Stage Manager ANNIE HUBBARD
Assistant Stage Manager THOMAS PEPPERELL
Assistant to the Director ELLE WOOTTON
Set Designer SOPHIA HANOVER
Costume Designer JANE WENLEY
Costume Assistant ELLE WOOTTON
Lighting Designer NIGEL PERCY
Music (Composition and Performance) MATT & KELLY IRVINE
Marketing & Publicity PHIL REED
Graphic Design JENN HADLEY
Voice SOPHIE HAMBLETON & D’ARCY SMITH
Director LORI LEIGH

“O, she’s warm!”
Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale sizzles this summer
‘Exit, pursued by bear’. Quite possibly William Shakespeare’s most famous stage direction comes to life under the setting sun with the new season of Summer Shakespeare in Wellington.

The Victoria University of Wellington's 2011 season of Summer Shakespeare brings you The Winter's Tale, a tragicomedy embroidered with romance and brought to life in Wellington's Botanic Garden.

The season runs February 11 – 26; tickets on the door, or book through Downstage Theatre, (04) 801 6946, email bookings@downstage.co.nz

Director Lori Leigh brings together a cast of award-winning actors and future thespian stars from Victoria University of Wellington, Toi Whakaari and Sydney’s National Institute of Dramatic Art.

Shakespeare’s timeless play explores prophecies, romance, drama, comedy, and (of course) wild bears through the lens of rural New Zealand, bringing pastoral and theatrical magic to true blue ‘sheep country’ in this exciting new viewing of Shakespeare’s classic tale.

When the powerful king Leontes falls into a jealous and tyrannical fit, he loses everything that is important to him – his wife Queen Hermione and his best friend King Polixenes.

But can the power of love triumph over fear and loss to bring redemption and reconciliation?

Come delight the senses and indulge the summer wiles with Summer Shakespeare 2011 The Winter's Tale. Picnics optional, but very recommended.
The Victoria University of Wellington Season of Summer Shakespeare 2011
The Winter's Tale
Directed by Lori Leigh
11th - 26th February, 7pm (no show Mondays)
The Sound Shell, Wellington Botanic Garden
www.SummerShakespeare.co.nz
Tickets: $15 full, $10 concessions
Bookings: Downstage 04 801 6946 / bookings@downstage.co.nz
(door sales available)
Publicity contact:

Phil Reed, Message Traders Publicity Ph 04 385 3111 / 021 433 432

phil@messagetraders.co.nz

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