SHAKESPEARE SUNDAY at The Citadel Theatre, Edmonton
TROILUS & CRESSIDA
Sunday 24th January 1-5pm
Join Shakespeare Workshops Alberta and the UK’s critically-acclaimed Malachite Theatre as they team up with the Citadel to present Shakespeare Sunday; a monthly series of play-readings dedicated to exploring some of the bard’s less familiar work in a collaborative, fun and enlightening environment.
This month, we are pleased to have local actor John Ullyatt joining us as our special guest. John has been delighting Edmonton audiences with his natural charm in such productions as Freewill Player’s Coriolanus, The Citadel’s One Man Two Governors, and most recently in Edmonton Actor’s Theatre’s production of Burning Bluebeard at The Roxy on Gateway.
Led by industry experts Benjamin Blyth and Danielle LaRose; and hosted by the Citadel’s Director of Education and Outreach, Doug Mertz; this months Shakespeare Sunday looks at the bard’s intimate rendition of the medieval love story of Troilus & Cressida, set amidst the iconic mythical battle for Troy.
We follow such epic heroes as Ajax, Priam, Agamemnon, and Achilles as Shakespeare humanizes this typically mythical conflict, challenging our perception of intrinsic values and conventional tragedy.
But you are wise,
Or else you love not, for to be wise and love
Exceeds man’s might; that dwells with gods above.”
– Cressida, Act III scene ii
SHAKESPEARE SUNDAY GIVES YOU THE CHANCE TO:
- Explore some of Shakespeare’s less familiar works as you read through a new play each month,
- Step into your dream roles and uncover new ones,
- Discover new speeches, scenes and situations useful for audition and rehearsal,
- Improve your natural verse speaking and confidence with the help of seasoned Shakespeareans in this casual atmosphere,
- Deepen your understanding with the help of industry mentors and special guests as they guide you through each play, offering valuable insight into the plays inner workings,
- Meet new friends, connect with your local theatre community and have a bloody good time!
SHAKESPEARE SUNDAY is open to everyone regardless of experience, and this month’s play reading is FREE TO ATTEND!
Please register your attendance with email@example.com in advance. Please only register if you are free to attend, as we need to keep an eye on numbers.
The Citadel Theatre, Board Room
Underground parking at adjacent Library or City Hall Parkades
Sunday January 24th from 1pm-5pm
A copy of the play or the Complete Works if you have one. We will have a few extra copies to hand but will not be able to provide for everyone. We advise you bring a water bottle and a snack to share with the group.
Please visit www.themalachites.co.uk, for photos, reviews, projects, and more.
Benjamin Blyth is a critically-acclaimed Shakespeare director from London, UK. A graduate of the University of Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Benjamin has directed work at some of the world’s most important and historic Shakespearean sites – including the Rose Playhouse, Bankside; the Curtain Theatre, and St Leonard’s Church, Shoreditch. Benjamin’s work has been featured on a number of occasions by the Arden Shakespeare, and he has recently completed directing Bafta-Nominee John McEnery’s King Lear, “impressive and moving” (The Times).
Danielle LaRose is a Canadian-born actor recently returned from 6 years on the British stage. She holds an MA in Musical Theatre from Glasgow’s Royal Scottish Conservatoire and has been teaching, acting, and is co-company director for Elizabethan repertory company The Malachites. She is currently developing a new approach to verse speaking using musical techniques.