Counterpoint presents: The Merchant of Venice

by Insiders Dunedin

Where: St Paul's Cathedral, The Octagon, Dunedin
When: Wednesday 2 September 2015 – Saturday 5 September 2015 7:30pm – 9:30pm 

September 2 - September 5 at 7:30pm at St Paul's Cathedral Crypt

“The sins of the father are to be laid upon the children”

Shakespeare's classic tale of love, greed and vengeance comes careening into the modern world in Counterpoint's production of The Merchant of Venice, directed by Alison Embleton. Experience timeless themes and characters in an accessible, modern setting, in the language of the original text.

Counterpoint continues its commitment to creating theatre by Dunedin youth for the wider Dunedin community, starring a cast of twelve University of Otago students and young professionals. Many of the cast recall fond experiences with the University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival in High School, with six cast members having previously won individual or team awards at regional and national levels. Niamh Conlon, recently selected for the Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand Young Shakespeare Company (2014), is relishing applying the skills she developed through four years of participating in the University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival to a full Shakespearean play: "The nicest thing about doing a whole play is that you get to really explore character development throughout the whole piece. You go through a journey in the play as much as the character does, and you get to look at the bigger picture.”

Director Alison Embleton is excited about staging The Merchant of Venice in a modern context, and is keen to point out that although there are some modifications to the script, the core of the play will remain the same: "That's the great thing about Shakespeare; the social observations and relationships he was writing about six hundred years ago are as relevant today as ever. The alterations we've made simply aim to reflect a modern world, filled with diverse relationships and contemporary social commentaries, which in essence remain the same throughout time.”

General Admission: $20 | Concession: $15
Tickets can be purchased through Eventfinda or on the door (cash only)

Post submitted by Zoe Robson


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