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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.

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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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Globe to Globe Hamlet

Ad Final Adapted Hamlet Poster

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Ramping up for 2014!

And there are some exciting new prospects on the horizon!

Perhaps the most exciting of them all is the fact that our parent company, Ringplay Productions, is now managing the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts.

Those of you who are longtime supporters and followers of Shakespeare in Paradise will know that the Dundas has been our home base for the past several years. This year, following the death of the former manager, Betty Knowles, Ringplay Productions, the company that produces and underwrites Shakespeare in Paradise, has taken over the management of the theatre.

Among other things, this means more theatre year-round, not just during Shakespeare in Paradise. And it also means that there will be just plain more theatre, as Ringplay is working on developing a second theatre space. Shh.

But in the meantime, watch this blog for information about Shakespeare in Paradise, which will be anchored this year by Romeo & Juliet!!

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Elizabeth "Betty" Knowles, Fall 2013

Betty Knowles clip from “When a Man Dreams Dreams”

The Shakespeare in Paradise family—indeed the whole theatre family in Nassau, if not The Bahamas, was saddened two weeks ago to learn of the death of Elizabeth “Betty” Knowles, who for the past twenty-five years was manager of the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts.

The day after she passed, the following was posted on our Facebook Page:

On Saturday March 22, SiP’s Artistic Director, Philip A. Burrows, gave the following tribute to Betty on behalf of the theatre community:

First, in my best Betty vocabulary, I would like to say that I and Betty had a very interesting relationship over the past 33 years.

My first encounter with Betty Knowles was at the beginning of the Dundas Repertory Season, in 1981, when she was brought to the Season to work by Warren Jones. I knew that she was one of the helpers backstage but she really came to my attention when the renowned Jamaican playwright, Trevor Rhone, who was here directing his play Smile Orange, came to me after that production and said that Betty would make an excellent Stage Manager. He was quite impressed with how on the ball she was and he thought that she might have a future in some area of the theatre.

Winston Saunders and I approached Betty to run the Box Office for the Repertory Season and that is where she stayed for quite sometime. In 1985 I asked her to be my Stage Manager for a production of Sammie Swain. This was the production that took place at the then Bahama Rhythm Theatre and one of the evenings of that production was the command performance for Queen Elizabeth II. This of course was at that most historic Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. In the years to follow I would tell many stories about that production and Betty would feature prominently in them. Apart from being one of the directors of the production, I was also calling the show so I was in the booth with the lighting and sound technicians and I was communicating with Betty, who was backstage, on headset. Now sometimes in the theatre we say that the real show happens backstage and the audience never gets to see all of the drama, only the performance happening onstage.

Read the rest here

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Speak the Speech 2 Returns

Speak the Speech 2

On Thursday, February 27, 2014, our walk through modern Bahamian history, Speak the Speech 2: Speeches and Correspondence 1973-2002 will return for one night only at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas.

Shakespeare in Paradise has teamed up with the National Art Gallery to offer our survey of Bahamian history since Independence as part of the ongoing programming for Kishan Munroe’s “Swan Song of the Flamingo”, an exhibition examining the sinking of the HMBS Flamingo in 1980 by Cuban fighter planes.

The gallery will open at 6 PM so that people can view the exhibition. The performance of Speak the Speech 2 will take place at 7 PM in the ballroom (Gallery One).

SpeakTheSpeech_72dpiFeatured performers are: Stephen Aranha, Franktasha Rolle, Philisha Forbes, Tareo Bridgewater, Torree Musgrove, Obediah Michael Smith, Myraiel Newry, Marcel T. Sherman, and Anthony “Skeebo” Roberts.

The evening is free of charge, but donations to help offset costs of this year’s Shakespeare in Paradise festival, planned for October 3-11 2014, will be gladly accepted.

See you there!

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The last two weeks have been groundbreaking and life changing. Along with three other phenomenal women, I just completed an intensive international artist residency under the helm of international dubpoet, mono-dramatist and educator, D’bi Young Anitafrika. The residency took place in Nassau, Bahamas and combined physical wellness, meditation, spiritual grounding and self-knowledge as a foundation for creating art. This meant waking up at 5am to meditate, then do yoga, then jogging, then swimming in the ocean and then we would begin our classes for the day! I cannot begin to describe in words how important this residency was for me and how much I learned about myself and my art. What I will say is that I feel more alive than I ever have before… awake, grounded, grateful and deeply committed to the practice of self-love and, as my fellow resident artist Maryam would say, “DOING THE MOST!”

- Lishai Peel

via YEMOYA international artist residency 2013 graduating class speaks to their experience… | D’BI.YOUNG ANITAFRIKA dubpoet monodramatist educator.

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SiP 2013′s Signature Bahamian Production was a revival of E. Clement Bethel’s The Legend of Sammie Swain, directed by Philip A. Burrows. Photos below!

Photos courtesy of Dominic Duncombe of StopMo Productions
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SiP 2013′s Signature Shakespeare Production was our version of The Taming of the Shrew, adapted and directed by Gordon Mills. Photos below!

Photos courtesy of Dominic Duncombe of StopMo Productions
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Happy New Year!

Greetings to all our faithful supporters!

2013 was a landmark year for Shakespeare in Paradise. We celebrated our fifth annual season, and in the process pulled off what we have been trying to achieve for the past ten years–the revival of E. Clement Bethel’s Sammie Swain. We also mounted an exhibition of the artwork that we have produced over the past five festivals, and celebrated the participants in our Young Artists’ Programme, and we celebrated our fifth Shakespeare production with our version of The Taming of the Shrew. We commemorated 40 years of independence with Speak the Speech II, and we welcomed d’bi.young anitafrika, who performed her Sankofa Trilogy to appreciative audiences!

We’re working on highlights for the blog, so keep an eye on this site!

Happy new year — we wish you all the best possible wonder and joy for 2014.

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