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.

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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.

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