A spot of Shakespeare at the château
The atmospheric setting of Bourglinster castle will form the backdrop of an outdoor performance of The Merchant of Venice in English on June 29.
It will be performed by the American Drama Group Europe and TNT Theatre Britain, who will show how themes in this 400-year-old play such as race, money and gender remain relevant today.
Venice is presented as the commercial hub of the western world, a city teeming with opportunity where law is second to commerce and there, at the core of this mercantile world, stands Shylock, the first Jew in western literature to be presented as a tragic human figure.
Against him are ranged a cast of dubious characters, obsessed with wealth above love or any of the finer feelings. The older magical creation of Shakespeare’s masterpiece is the vibrant and independent woman, Portia, who struggles for happiness and love despite her father’s bizarre lottery for her hand in marriage.
She turns the patriarchy on its head by assuming a male disguise. Through her wit and intelligence she brings down not only Shylock with his vengeful claim to a pound of flesh from his debtor but the whole edifice of male power in Venice.
The play is directed and edited by Paul Stebbings with musical direction by John Kenny. The show runs from 7.30pm to 10.30pm and will take place regardless of weather conditions.
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