Shakespeare’s Classic Love Story Comes To Scilly This Weekend

romeo and juliet 2013Outdoor Shakespeare comes to St Mary’s and Tresco this weekend.

The Gloucestershire-based Festival Players will be performing at the Chaplaincy Gardens on Saturday and the Abbey Gardens on Sunday.

The company are touring outdoor venues and historic sites around Wales and the West with their version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

Director Michael Dyer has a great passion for Shakespeare and believes it appeals to all ages.

The company aims for clear story telling, he says, and they keep performance length below two hours.

On the road the cast do everything, including packing and unpacking the set, repairing clothing and arranging the lighting. It means they need a wider range of practical skills than many performers would be used to.

And the cast needs to be flexible on stage too, says Michael. Using a variety of outdoor venues means they often have to make last-minute changes because of the setting and which side entrance and exits can be made.

Michael feels people will enjoy this version of the classic play. He says the second half in particular, which can drag in some productions, has a “great energy and pace.”

Performances take place at the Chaplaincy Gardens on St Mary’s on Saturday, August 10th at 7.30pm and Tresco’s Abbey Gardens on Sunday, August 11th at 6.30pm.

Tickets for both shows are £12 (£10 concessions) and tickets for the St Mary’s show are available on 422641 while Tresco tickets will be available on the door or from the Estate Office.

Online booking is also available for both shows at the Festival Players’ website.

Audiences are invited to bring picnics and refreshments will also be on sale in the interval.