Some of my favourite productions of early modern plays have been by Act One (The Merchant of Venice, Macbeth etc), the Cardiff University Drama Society.
10-13 Feb, 2016
Act One Society
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s most famous comedies. Revolving around three love stories there is plenty of room for farcical drama and of course Shakespeare’s favourite – weddings. However this production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will look at some of the darker elements hinted in the script – the stark class boundaries and the domination of the wealthy. Set in a dystopian future, it is only within the nature of the forest that the love and laughter can be found.
Director: Bex Landale
Production Manager: Undine Kalcenaua
Choreographer: Lucy Spain
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For Cardiff Students: http://www.cardiffstudents.com/activities/society/actone/
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Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps!
Harvest time on a post- World War II farming estate sees the return of Don Pedro and his regiment to pick up the remnants left by their requisition posting. Home to Leonato, his beautiful daughter Hero and feisty niece Beatrice, the estate becomes the setting for one of Shakespeare’s best-loved plays.
Bursting at the seams with comedy, romance and even conflict, this stylish adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing brings the genius of Shakespeare to the run-down glamour and precarious patriarchy of the late 1940s. Amid laughter and tears, we find hope and despair.
Much Ado About Nothing: a surprisingly modern tale of women fighting for their place in a man’s world.
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Act One, Cardiff University’s drama society, is performing a unique interpretation of Shakespeare’s classic, The Taming of the Shrew this February at the YMCA theatre in Cardiff. Set in a 1960s office space, the adaptation presents a world where men make the rules and women struggle to fit in at all.
Pitched by director Sophie Hayden as “Mad Men meets Shakespeare,” it is an interesting rendition of the story with the city of Padua altered to become Padua Ltd, run by tired and weary CEO Baptista Minola. His youngest daughter Bianca is fought over by a hoard of suitors but the old man will not sanction a wedding until his vile tempered older daughter Katherina finds a man. This proves tough as her wicked tongue repels any potential husbands.
Travelling salesman Petruchio arrives and, with his vulgar wit, finally overcomes the wilful Katherina. She is pushed into marrying him and the relationship descends into a battle of the sexes. Petruchio’s cruel taunts and pranks break her fiery resolve down, culminating in a disturbing ending, problematic to modern audiences.
The talented cast presents an array of farcical characters, with the suitors in particular creating a highly entertaining and amusing story. However, there is a sinister undercurrent, which will both move and disturb the viewer.
Act One has become renowned for their distinctive Shakespeare interpretations, adapting the classic texts to modern and diverse settings. After the success of Julius Caesar last year, there is a real buzz around the upcoming production of The Taming of the Shrew
Tickets are available on the door or from http://www.cardiffstudents.com/actone. Adults: £7, Students: £6
‘Men at some time are masters of their fates. The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.’
Shakespeare’s excellent study in ambition has never been more relevant than right now. This modern, site-specific adaptation drags the text into a political world not unlike our own, a world where women are finally permitted to ascend to the highest office. Performed in the round in Cardiff City Hall’s Council Chamber, with a mixed gender cast, this is an interpretation that interrogates our own political system and sheds new light on a text that has a timeless resonance.
Join us, and watch at close quarters the rise and fall of Marcus Brutus; an honest woman, misled.
12-16 FEBRUARY 2013
COUNCIL CHAMBER, CITY HALL, CF10 3ND
DOORS 7PM £7 (£6 NUS)
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Directed by Ben Atterbury
Produced by Catherine Elliott
31st January – 4th February 2012 (7pm)
A dramatic re-telling of one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies, this production seeks to bring Lear to a wider audience by heightening the violence and raw power of the text, and re-imagining some of its famous characters.
Britain in the not-too-distant future. The world has been torn apart by natural disasters, political crisis and war, and society has long since crumbled. Criminal gangs control what is left of the dilapidated cities.
Lear is the weary leader of a gang of survivors, when tragedy strikes and he splits his kingdom between his two sadistic daughters, banishing the third into the arms of his enemy. Meanwhile, ex-policeman Gloucester is corrupted by his bitter illegitimate son Edmund, forcing his older son to flee into the decaying underbelly of the city.
Torn apart by deceit, betrayal and madness, the characters begin to fight amongst themselves. A storm breaks over the city.
For some, the world will end.
See trailer at http://vimeo.com/33433620
Directed by Madison Fowler & Piers Horner
02920 781 458
Tickets £6 students, £6.50- non-students
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