Announcing Shakespeare in Paradise 2015!!!

Shakespeare in Paradise announces the lineup for its
7th annual theatre festival which takes place
October 2nd through October 10th.

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The signature Shakespeare work this year will be Twelfth Night, written by William Shakespeare and directed by Patti Anne-Ali who returns to Shakespeare in Paradise after a break of five years. Patti directed our first two Shakespeare offerings, The Tempest (with Craig Pinder) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Student matinees begin on September 28th and the production closes on October 3rd. This production will take place on the Main Stage at the Dundas.

The signature Bahamian play for this year’s festival will be Sam Boodle’s The Landlord. This hilarious comedy opens on October 6th and closes on October 10th. Student matinees run October 6th-9th. The director is Philip A. Burrows and performances for this work will also take place on the Main Stage at the Dundas.

Two new works we’re calling Murder & Poetry will play at the Black Box Theatre at the Dundas. This evening features a new one act play by Patrick Rahming called Miss Ethel’s Kitchen which is the murder part of our evening. The play’s main focus is on the kitchen staff at Westbourne during the events surrounding the murder of Sir Harry Oakes and trial of his son-in-law. The second half of the evening is a workshop production featuring the poetry of leading Bahamian poets. The directors for this evening are Nicolette Bethel and Erin Knowles.

Also at the Black Box Theatre this year will be our international offering, Pantomime by Derek Walcott. Director Henry Muttoo returns, having brought us One White, One Black in our very first festival. This production originates in Florida, then moves to SiP en route to the Cayman Islands. With him also come Marc Powers, the Director of the USF Schools of Theatre, Dance, Art and Music who will play the role of ‘Trewe’ and David Bereaux, the brilliant Trinidadian actor and Calypsonian, playing the role of ‘Jackson’.

The final work of the festival is a one-woman piece featuring that favourite of the Bahamian stage, Claudette “Cookie” Allens. This evening, called Cookie: 50 Years on Stage, is just that — a look back at Ms. Allens’ life in the theatre over the past 50 years. Cookie will be joined by a few friends and together they will tell the story not only of her stellar acting career but also of her volunteer work at the Dundas. This production will be traveling to various venues during the festival and is written and directed by Philip A. Burrows.

Auditions for the festival will begin near the end of June and will continue through the end of July. All audition notices will be posted on our Facebook page as well as emailed in our Ringplay mailout. To keep up to date with Shakespeare in Paradise 2015, like us on Facebook or subscribe to our mailing list!

And tell your friends to do so as well! We look forward to yet another successful year at Shakespeare in Paradise.

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R.I.P. Radel Parks and family

The Bahamian theatre community has lost a prominent member with the death on Sunday November 9 of Radel Parks (née Hanna), who, with her husband Lavard (“Manifest”) and their son Johannan, were with Dr Myles Munroe and his wife Ruth-Ann on the ill-fated private jet which crashed in Freeport, Grand Bahama, killing all on board.

Shakespeare in Paradise, its parent company Ringplay Productions, and the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts all join in with Bahamas Faith Ministries and the wider Bahamian community in mourning their loss.

In particular, we wish to recognize Radel for her work in Bahamian theatre. Along with her twin sister Ranel Pierre, she was a founder of Redemptive Productions. Radel was a playwright, actor, director, and producer who attended the very first production workshop put on by Ringplay Productions in 2005.

Our hearts are heavy. Our community has lost a light. We especially hold Ranel in our thoughts and prayers. She has lost a sister, a collaborator, a partner. Radel will be missed dearly.

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf

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October 3, 4, 5 & 6, 8 PM, Dundas Black Box
$25

Written by Ntozake Shange
Directed by Nicolette Bethel
Featuring Claudette Allens, Oniké Archer, Aleah Carey, Michaella Forbes, Arthellia Isaacs, Erin Knowles, Myra McPhee, & Theresa Moxey-Ingraham

Artwork by Lindsay Braynen, supported by the Current Gallery at Baha Mar.
Art Managed by Julia Ames. 

Announcing Shakespeare in Paradise 2014!

Shakespeare in Paradise is pleased to announce the productions in its 6th Annual Theatre Festival Oct 3-11 2014:

  • William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”
    • Directed by Philip A. Burrows
    • Featuring Matthew Deveaux & Angelique White (aka Angelique Sabrina)
    • Dundas Main Stage – Four Public Performances – October 3rd, 4th, 10th & 11th
    • Eight Student Matinees – September 29th thru October 2nd & October 6th thru October 9th
  • “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf” (Rated C)
    • Written by Ntozake Shange & Directed by Nicolette Bethel
      • (Back by popular demand with all of the original cast members)
    • Dundas Black Box Theatre
    • Four Public Performances – October 3rd thru October 6th

Limited Seating Available – Only 320 seats will be available for the entire run of this production

  • “Sizwe Banzi is Dead” 
    • Written by Athol Fugard & Directed by Philip A. Burrows
    • Featuring Dion Johnson & Mark Humes
    • Dundas Black Box Theatre
    • Four Public Performances – October 8th thru October 11th

Limited Seating Available – Only 320 seats will be available for the entire run of this production

  • “Bruce Katooska: Laughter is the Best Magic!”
    • A magic show designed specifically for elementary school children
    • Ten Primary School Performances – October 5th thru October 10th
  • Primary schools interested in having the magician visit may book through the Shakespeare in Paradise Box Office

We are also working on another production which will be announced as soon as the logistics have been finalized. This production will take place on the opening and closing nights of the festival, October 3rd and October 11th.

For further information, contact us on our Facebook Page, at the Dundas Theatre Monday-Saturday 10AMto 4PM (Tel: 393-3728)
For advance bookings, email us at tickets@shakespeareinparadise.org.
For other questions or further information about Shakespeare in Paradise you can email us at admin@ringplay.org.

Tickets are $25 for advance booking or $30 at the door (if seats are available)

Group & Student rates and discounted Season Tickets will also be available.

9 Days – 5 Productions – 40 Performers – 32 Performances

Shakespeare in Paradise is produced by Ringplay Productions Ltd. who are also the managers of the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts.

Yellowtale, SiP and the Dundas Welcome Globe to Globe Hamlet

One week ago, on August 5th, Yellowtale Theatre Company, Shakespeare in Paradise, and the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts welcomed Shakespeare’s Globe’s touring production of Hamlet to Nassau.

It all began (at least for Shakespeare in Paradise) with a chance announcement by a supporter of Shakespeare in Paradise that the Globe was embarking on a world tour of Hamlet in commemoration of the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth. At that time, the supporter was seriously considering helping to bring the tour to Nassau, and she contacted the members of Shakespeare in Paradise to see if it could happen. Later, though, she backed off—the company was proposing that it perform in Nassau at the beginning of August!

Now anybody who spends any time in Nassau knows that the August holiday weekend is one of the slowest times of the year in town. It’s the last holiday of the summer, and Nassauvians traditionally leave the city for other islands or for Florida. It’s also the dog days of summer, and expatriates also tend to make sure they are leave the city for cooler weather. And as potential sponsors are gearing up for the back-to-school rush of the end of August, it’s a particularly difficult time to raise money around.

So it seemed as though we would have to pass on this tour. Couldn’t Shakespeare in Paradise take it up, people wondered? After all, we do have a Shakespeare festival. There was one problem with that, though—our entire year is spent raising money for October, and we were really concerned that if we had to bring in a professional touring company from the UK it would affect our ability to fund the festival itself. After several attempts to get the Globe to consider visiting Nassau later, SiP reluctantly passed on the opportunity.

Enter the Yellowtale Theatre Company. Based in the UK, Yellowtale is a gathering of actors with Bahamian roots who produce theatre in both the UK and Nassau. Their first local production was Shakespeare in Paradise 2010’s Dat Bahamian Ting, a love story loosely based on the courtship of the parents of  Yellowtale’s founder. This was followed in 2012 by a special adaptation of Othello, set in The Bahamas with Othello as a Bahamian Conchy-Joe, and most recently, this past May, Yellowtale also presented Hibiscus Hotel. Craig Pinder, a Bahamian actor who performed in Shakespeare’s Globe in 1997, took up the challenge, linking Yellowtale with Shakespeare in Paradise and proposing that we collaborate on the production.

And so the collaboration began. Yellowtale were the executive producers, the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts offered the theatre, and used its box office to sell the production to its audience; and Shakespeare in Paradise provided technical expertise and promoted the production to its followers and supporters. The result was an audience that ranged from youngsters of 10 to old-timers in their eighties, all of whom paid rapt attention to the performance.

The touring company flew in from New York on Tuesday morning. The tech crew moved into the theatre straight away, coming in from the airport and meeting with Philip Burrows, SiP and the Dundas’ artistic director, and set up. Assisting SiP were volunteers from both Shakespeare in Paradise and the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture’s Youth Development through the Arts programme. At five o’clock the executive of SiP arrived at the theatre along with the rest of the touring company, and rehearsals of the music and of the fight scenes took place. Then, at 7 PM, the doors opened and the audience entered.

The experience was electric. The photos we’re sharing here were taken by Dede Brown on behalf of Yellowtale, and are from the dress rehearsal. For more on the evening, see Craig Pinder’s guestblog about the Nassau visit. But for now, the photos.

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