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R.I.P. Radel Parks and family

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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.

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Sixth Festival Closes!

It Over

The sixth annual Shakespeare in Paradise theatre festival closed last night with Romeo and Juliet, Sizwe Banzi is Dead, and a jamming after-party at John Watlings featuring Tingum Dem. What can we say? All in all, a good time was had, and the festival lives on.

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October 3 & 11, 10 PM, John Watlings
$30

Band leader Fred Ferguson
Featuring Earl Forbes, Colyn “Moe” Grant, Byron Thompson, Shacara Newton, Trent Carter, D’Angelo Moss, Andrew “Tino” Richardson & Dion Turnquest
Co-hosted by John Watlings Distillery
Food by Le Petit Gourmet

Artwork by June Collie.
Art Managed by Julia Ames. 
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Sizwe Banzi is Dead

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October 8, 9, 10 & 11, 8 PM, Dundas Black Box
$25

Written by Athol Fugard, John Kani & Winston Ntshona
Directed by Philip A. Burrows
Featuring Dion Johnson and Mark Humes

Artwork by Bernard Petit, supported by CCG Traffic Signal Ltd.
Art Managed by Julia Ames. 
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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. 
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October 3 & 4, 10 & 11, 8 PM, Dundas Main Stage
$25

Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Philip A. Burrows
Featuring Matthew Deveaux and Angelique White
Romeo and Juliet is presented in association with Asa H. Pritchard Co. Ltd.

Artwork by Jalan Harris.
Art Managed by Julia Ames. 
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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

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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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