Shake­speare group stages a win­ter’s tale

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A group of ded­i­cated thes­pi­ans has been work­ing hard on a tale of jeal­ousy, anger, for­give­ness and re­demp­tion.

The Shake­speare Group has been study­ing Wil­liam Shake­speare’s

for about six months and now they’re ready to bring the Bard to the masses.

The home-schooled cast is aged be­tween six and 18 and has been re­hears­ing an abridged ver­sion of the fa­mous play.

‘‘We’ve been study­ing it for about six months and we’ve been break­ing down the char­ac­ters, analysing them and learn­ing the lan­guage of Shake­speare,’’ home school ed­u­ca­tor Wendy Crum­mer says.

‘‘The rea­son we abridged it is that we’ve found a lot of au­di­ences can’t sit through three hours of Shake­speare but there’s no need to worry – it’s all true Shake­spearean lan­guage and we’ve kept the in­tegrity of the play.’’

The Shake­speare Group has been per­form­ing to­gether for about four years and has also per­formed

and an out­door pro­duc­tion of

The Win­ter’s Tale tells the story of a king­dom plunged into chaos by the jealous and de­luded King Leontes and is a tale of de­cep­tion and sus­pi­cion, ha­tred, bro­ken friend­ships, love, laugh­ter, for­give­ness and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion

Re­gan Crum­mer, 15, who plays the sus­pi­cious king says his char­ac­ter is driven mad by jeal­ousy and ac­cuses his preg­nant wife of hav­ing an af­fair with his best friend.

‘‘He suf­fers from mor­bid jeal­ousy. His friend has been stay­ing at the palace with them for months and he starts get­ting ideas,’’ he says.

Daniel Tiz­zard, 16, plays Leontes’ best friend and fel­low king Polix­enes and says he loves get­ting into re­hearsals with the group af­ter study­ing the play for so long.

‘‘It’s re­ally great to get on stage and start de­vel­op­ing the char­ac­ters and see­ing their lit­tle quirks and how they re­act to oth­ers.’’

Mrs Crum­mer says they have been work­ing with a the­atri­cal di­rec­tor.

‘‘We’ve been work­ing with a man named Dou­glas Roberts. We stum­bled across him when we were do­ing

and it’s just grown from there re­ally. He loves Shake­speare,’’ she says.

‘‘The par­ents have been hard at work mak­ing cos­tumes and props. There are prob­a­bly two or three cos­tumes for each cast mem­ber and we pre­fer to make our own rather than hire them.’’

‘‘We don’t want peo­ple to go away and think ‘that was pretty good for a kids’ pro­duc­tion’,’’ Re­gan says.

‘‘We re­ally aim for qual­ity and we want to make Shake­speare more ac­ces­si­ble to var­i­ous au­di­ences in­clud­ing schools – es­pe­cially since it’s no longer a com­pul­sory part of the cur­ricu­lum.’’

will be per­formed at the Spot­light Theatre, Tav­ern Lane in Pa­p­a­toe­toe, on March 30 at 2pm and 7.30pm and March 31 at 7.30pm. Tick­ets are $20 for adults or $15 for stu­dents.

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