Double bill Shakespeare troupe on tour
The delightfully and aptly named theatre company The Lord Lackbeards bring their 400th anniversary Shakespeare tribute to The Dark Room this weekend.
The name Lord Lackbeard is taken from a line in Much Ado About Nothing, and the touring troupe is fittingly an all female affair.
Producer Julia Campbell says the eight actors, direct from performances at the Pop-Up Globe in Auckland, include two with strong Palmerston North associations, Catriona Tipene (Benny’s sister) and Deborah Eve Rea.
Deborah plays Hamlet in the troupe’s production of the famous tragedy at 3.30pm on Saturday 30, and 7.30pm on Sunday 1, with Catriona as Ophelia.
‘‘I am so thrilled to be doing the thing I love best, inmy favourite place,’’ Catriona says. ‘‘My love of acting began in Palmy, and it’s so wonderful to return home.’’
The other half of the extended double-bill is a feminist reverse take on Shakespeare’s play ‘‘with all the good lines reassigned’’. Ophelia Thinks Harder by Wellington playwright, actor and director, Jean Betts turns Hamlet on its head, and plays at 7.30pm on Saturday 30 and 3.30pm Sunday 1.
Julia says that performing the two plays side by side continues a conversation between past and present, with the production combining an Elizabethan approach to staging and the text, with modern physical theatre techniques and costuming.
Catriona Tipene from female acting company The Lord Lackbeards, which is performing a double-bill production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Jean Betts’ Ophelia Thinks Harder.