Pericles: Shakespeare’s finest fairytale…

May 8, 2017 - Reuben Milne

From Richard Brown, director…

As we start putting together our summer production in earnest, I wanted to share some thoughts on the play with our audience, many of whom may not be familiar with Pericles.

Why did I choose PERICLES as the play to perform in 2017? Well, I bet many (most?) of you would know the outline story of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet and more of the popular plays, but probably very few of you know much about Pericles. If the allusion to some dry old ancient Greek politician stays your hand in buying tickets, let me immediately say it has absolutely nothing to do with the classical figure of Pericles whatsoever. It is a fairly unique play for Shakespeare, in the style we call Romance and being a wonderful adventure, recounting the voyages of Pericles around the Mediterranean as he loses, finds and loses love again, all to be resolved in a glorious re-uniting at the end.

You may think so why is it so rarely performed? Well, a few things to say here: at the end of Shakespeare’s career and after his death, Pericles continued to be the most popular of his plays, the one that audiences clamoured for. It was chosen by the RSC as the perfect vehicle for a professional/amateur collaboration in 2012 and appeared at the Sam Wannamaker Theatre in the Globe complex quite recently. This year not only are we performing it, but so are our friends in the RSC Open Stages programme, The Cotswold Archadians. Also Michael Corbidge, head of text and voice at the RSC travels from seeing our production in July straight to Paris to direct it in French. Pericles is most definitely back on the map.

It is a play that was perhaps difficult to stage in past years when the style of theatre was very different to today (or indeed to Shakespeare’s own time). However, the rather cinematic course of events, free from long speeches and dotted with new places and bizarre characters, is just the job for modern productions. It is a play you could easily imagine on television, and if the Disney Corporation could turn back time and ask Mr Shakespeare for a film script, Pericles would have been the choice. It has evil kings, wicked queens, plaintive heroines, homespun fishwives, flashy knights, whores, healers, pirates, sailors in storms, citizens in famine, a goddess, to name but some.

Or, to put it another way, this play, working very much like a fairy tale or even at time a pantomime, is unadulterated fun.

To not do it at SatG would be such a great shame. So this is the year we put that right.

I do look forward to seeing you there. It may be a chance that will not arise again for many years.

 

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Support our Bursary recipients by Waiting…..For Godot

March 16, 2017 - Reuben Milne

Every year, SaTG offers The Mo Pearce Bursary which aims to support amateur projects that connect to theatre in any particular way.  The bursary was set up in memory of the late Mo Pearce, former Trustee, director and actress for the company who inspired so many people with her love of Shakespeare and performance

SaTG are delighted to announce that from Friday 31st of March, One Tree Theatre Company will be performing Waiting For Godot at The Festival Theatre in Cambridge in a series of performances partly funded by the bursary and we’d encourage anyone who is able to pop in and support the production.  For more information, visit the website here.

 

 

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Join us for some Shakespearean music at Hunts Library

March 13, 2017 - Reuben Milne

As part of National Shakespeare week, we are partnering with our good friends at Hunts library to put on a special music-themed event this Saturday (18 March).  Between 11 am and midday, Ian Favell our musical director will take us on a visual and auditory tour of shakespearean instruments and musical styles, showing how music compliments the wonderful language of the Bard.  And to get everyone in the mood for this year’s summer production, he’ll finish off the event with an exclusive preview of a piece of middle eastern music we’ll be using in Pericles, giving everyone the chance to get involved and create a piece of live music.  See you there.

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Tickets On Sale Now For Summer Production

March 1, 2017 - Reuben Milne

I know, doesn’t seem like a moment since we were watching the story of The Tempest unfold in the courtyard at The George Hotel, Huntingdon but nevertheless, tickets are now on sale for Pericles, written by Mr Shakespeare and directed by Richard Brown.  This cracking tale involving pirates, shipwrecks, jousting knights (and the odd excursion into the seamier side of life) will be gracing the stage at The George from Tuesday 27 June until Saturday 8 July (no performance on Sunday 2 July).  Many nights sell out fast so check your diaries, call your friends and click on this link to book your tickets.  See you there.

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Reduced ticket prices for U16s

February 22, 2017 - Reuben Milne

It goes without saying that we here at Shakespeare at The George love a bit of Shakespeare (the clue’s in the name).  We believe that seeing his words come to life on stage is the best way to ‘get’ his timeless storytelling (and bawdy humour) so we are excited to announce that this summer U16s will be able to enjoy the adventures of Pericles for just £7.50.  The U16 concession will be available for every performance, making it easier to introduce younger audiences to the magic of Shakespeare for the first time.  All tickets for all performances go on sale here from March 1.  See you there!

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Summer Production – Pericles cast announced

December 12, 2016 - Reuben Milne

The Shakespeare at The George Trust is pleased (and just a little bit excited) to announce that the summer production has been cast.   Full details of the cast and the play can be found here.  And if all that talk of adventures, pirates, storms and brothels (Read the synopsis!) has whetted your appetite, tickets go on sale on March 1.  See you there.

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October 20 AGM – An opportunity to remember

October 17, 2016 - Reuben Milne

This year has marked the passing of two leading lights of the SaTG Trust family.  At the start of the year we lost the inestimable wardrobe mistress Jo Fradley and this weekend we learned that one of our longest standing members, Phil Cox, passed away peacefully following a spell in hospital.  We intend to honour both at this week’s AGM so please do come along to join us in remembering such legendary individuals who had such an impact on the group.

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Agenda for this week’s AGM – hopefully see you all there!

- Reuben Milne

SHAKESPEARE AT THE GEORGE TRUST

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

To be held on THURSDAY, 20TH OCTOBER 2016 at 7.30 for 7.45

In The Manchester Room, at The George Hotel

A G E N D A

1. Welcome by Chairperson

2. Apologies

3. Acceptance of Minutes held on 21st October 2015

4. Matters Arising

5. Chairman’s Report

6. Treasurer’s Report

7. Publicity Report

8. Director’s Report for In the ParlourThe Nativity 

9. The Nativity Wash-up Comments and Questions

10. Director’s Report for The Tempest 

11. The Tempest Wash-up Comments and Questions

12. Election of Officers

13. Elections of Committee Members

14. Future Productions

15. Any Other Business

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2016 SaTG Trust AGM – all welcome

September 29, 2016 - Reuben Milne

The Shakespeare at The George AGM will be held in The Manchester Room at The George Hotel, on Thursday 20th October. Join us at 7.30pm for a glass of wine, ready for a 7.45pm start, and hear about the past year.

In addition to this, will be the chance to discuss anything about The Tempest, Shakespeare Festival or The Nativity that you feel worthy of note for improving the way we do things in the future.  For those cast members present, it will also be a chance to pick up any photo CDs or DVDs that have been ordered.

See you all there.

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Pericles auditions update

August 19, 2016 - Reuben Milne

From the director;
To my delight, already in August I am getting requests for audition times. Please keep them coming and if appropriate, please let me know which of the 19th or 20th November you would prefer.
I am currently working on other elements of the production so I plan to actually set audition times in the second half of September.
Please also note the following:
If you are auditioning I will request you prepare (but you do not necessarily have to learn) a very short monologue from any Shakespeare play (10-15 lines) plus a short verse of any poem you happen to like. You can be as flexible as you like!
Thank you!
Richard Brown

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