Search

Shakespeare play for Felixstowe theatre

PUBLISHED: 04:26 06 December 2001 | UPDATED: 10:59 03 March 2010

HANDS up all those who were baffled by Shakespeare at school!

Prithee, nuncle, there art more than thou could shake a stick at this fair day.

But fear not, for Felixstowe's Spa Pavilion will next month have a version of one of Shakespeare's finest plays which everyone can understand and enjoy.

HANDS up all those who were baffled by Shakespeare at school!

Prithee, nuncle, there art more than thou could shake a stick at this fair day.

But fear not, for Felixstowe's Spa Pavilion will next month have a version of one of Shakespeare's finest plays which everyone can understand and enjoy.

The nationally-acclaimed Shakespeare 4 Kidz Theatre Company is bringing to the seafront venue its production of the writer's classic comedy Twelfth Night.

Although designed for schoolchildren, Shakespeare for Kidz is a great way for an older audience to watch one of the bard's plays and understand it.

The audiences range typically from junior and primary schools to lower high school, to grandparents with grandchildren and parents with their children.

Twelfth Night is the hilarious story of two twins separated after a dramatic shipwreck off the coast of Illyria.

With neither knowing the other is still alive, the play follows their adventures in a foreign land, meeting along the way some of Shakespeare's most famous characters – Sir Toby Belch, Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Feste the Fool, and the puritanical steward Malvolio.

Shakespeare 4 Kidz skilfully and uniquely blend the original Elizabethan Shakespeare with the modern language of today, turning it into an upbeat musical, simplifying it enough for children to fully understand and also ensuring an enjoyable and exciting experience.

The show, currently on a six-month countrywide tour, is performed by 13 cast, a live band and a crew of five. Each performance lasts two hours including a 20 minute interval.

Mark Lyminster, who plays the bawdy and fun-loving Sir Toby Belch, said: "The enthusiasm of the cast, all of us feel we are creating something completely different, is refreshing and altogether very thrilling.

"When you know you are potentially attracting a whole new audience, providing a stepping stone into the world of Shakespeare, it makes the whole experience of acting so much more inspiring."

Many schools are already booking for the performances at the 913-seater Spa on Wednesday January 30 and Thursday January 31.

There will be complimentary Teachers' Packs for Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 available at the performance, and for those attending the January 30 evening performance, there will be an hour-long workshop aimed at lower high school students studying for their 14+ SATs. It starts at 6pm and costs £3.50.

n Twelfth Night is on January 30 at 1.30pm and 7.30pm, and January 31 at 10am and 1.30pm. Tickets are all £6 for daytime performances, and £11 for adults and £6 children in the evening, available from the box office on 01394 282126.

WEBLINK: www.shakespeare4kidz.com


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Ipswich Star. Click the link in the orange box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad, serving as your advocate and trusted source of local information. Our industry is facing testing times, which is why I’m asking for your support. Every single contribution will help us continue to produce award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Ipswich Star