THE SHAKESPEARE INSTITUTEPLAYERS

Est 1951

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2011

The cast of King John performed the last scene from the play at The Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon on 11th December as part of the RSC's Open House event.  It was a sold out audience.

 

The Players' first meeting of the Autumn Term took place on Thursday, 29th September 2011, after the Thursday Seminar. At this meeting, the Autumn Term play was chosen:  The Changeling by Thomas Middleton & William Rowley (to be performed 25th - 27th November), and elections were held for the posts of President, Secretary, and Treasurer. All registered students are automatically members of the SIP and have speaking and voting rights.  Congratulations to President José A. Pérez Díez, Secretary Helen Osborne, and Treasurer Jon Harvey.

 

The Summoning of Everyman was performed at Holy Trinity Church this summer and was very well received.  Kudos to Jason Burg and the Everyman company.

 

The Law of Love.  An evening of poetry, dramatic readings and music with the Shakespeare Institute Players, takes place in the Hall of The Shakespeare Institute (Mason Croft, Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon).  Saturday 30th April 2011, 7:30pm.

 

First part: the legal controversy in The Merchant of Venice, followed by Shylock vs. Antonio: The Appeal, world-première of a short play by John Curtis.  Interval: coffee, tea and cakes served in the Shakespeare Institute's conservatory.  Second part: scenes from 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, The Maiden's Tragedy, Richard III, Othello and Edward II, alongside a selection of erotic poems by John Donne.  A feast of poetry and drama to celebrate the complexities of love in the English Renaissance.  Join us in this very special occasion to celebrate Mr William Shakespeare's 447th birthday! 

 

The Summer Term play has been chosen!  Everyman, the Mediaeval morality play will be performed at Holy Trinity Church 18th - 20th August and will be directed by MA student Jason Burg.  The production will support Jason's ongoing research on the use of churches as playing spaces.  The Players also offer a major source for practical research for those members investigating topics on performance or on any other aspect of Renaissance drama for which a live performance of a play may be useful.

 

The Spring Term production of The Life & Death of King John will be performed for one night only as part of the Stratford Fringe Festival on Wednesday 1st June (7:30pm in the Lecture Hall), and the date for a performance at Worcester Cathedral (where King John is buried) may also be confirmed shortly. We will keep you posted.

More tremendous news about this production:  after the hard work, the cast and crew was rewarded with the reception of a letter from the Royal Shakespeare Company informing them of the success of our application to the RSC Open Stages Festival. This means that we have been offered a series of professional workshops taught by the RSC, and the opportunity of performing a selection of scenes from The Life & Death of King John in an upcoming showcase at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.  It is a very exciting prospect and we will keep you updated on all the events surrounding this opportunity!  Congratulations to one and all.

 

Auditions are being held on 30th March for The Law of Love, an evening entertainment devised by John Curtis, which we will be preparing as part of Shakespeare's Birthday celebrations on 30th April.  More details to follow!

 

Dr. Lizz Ketterer, President of the SIP from 2006 - 2008, and very active & enthusiastic member from 2004 - 2009, passed away on 19th February 2011. 

 

Her great heart, sheer enthusiasm for life, and megawatt smile endeared her to all who met her, making every moment with her pure joy.  Lizz started her SIP career as one of the Witches in 2004's Macbeth directed by Liisa Spink.  She went on to organise, direct and act in Will-Full:  Shakespeare Scenes of Seduction & Persuasion (2005), in which she delivered a poignant rendition of 'The Rain it Raineth Every Day' from Twelfth Night.  Her portrayal of the New Jersey-accented Cook (as well as her many musical accompaniments) practically stole the show in The Canterbury Tales (2005).  She next she played the aptly named 'Fiddle' in The Fair Maid of the Exchange as part of a staged reading for BritGrad 2005, before delivering a moving portrayal as the mistaken conspirator, Cinna, the Poet in Julius Caesar (2005).  She returned to the stage as Phao in the rare play by John Lyly, Sappho & Phao (2007) before co-directing Henry V with David Hartwig in the summer of 2007, her love-sick Hortensio in The Taming of the Shrew (2007), allowed her to show off her musical skills once again before her final role as Balthasar in Much Ado About Nothing (2009).  During her time with us, she advised on music for several productions (Twelfth Night in 2008 being but one example), and was the draughtsman of the SIP Constitution, which continues to this day.  She will be much missed and always remembered with great love and affection by all who had the priviledge of knowing her.

 

Recent addition to the archives - information on 1983's production of William Hemming's The Fatal Contract has made it into the 1980s section of the archives.  Thank you, Carol Morley!

 

The Spring Term play will be Shakespeare's The Life & Death of King John, which will be directed by current MA in Shakespeare & Theatre student, Robert F. Ball.  Casting details are found in the 2010s section & it will be performed 24th - 26th March 2011.  Some of the returning performers include:  José A. Pérez Díez as King John, Gareth Bernard as the Dauphin, Will Sharpe as the Bastard, Richard Nunn as Melun, Red Smucker as Arthur, and Catherine Clifford as assorted messengers & heralds.

 

 

 

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