Shakespeare in Paradise featured in Caribbean Journal
A piece set on an island, sometimes prone to storms. It’s not The Tempest, but the work of husband-and-wife team Nicolette Bethel and Philip Burrows, who have been on a mission to bring Shakespeare to the Bahamas. The Shakespeare in Paradise festival, as it’s known, premiered in 2009, and is now in its third year of production. Bethel, the festival’s creative director, along with Artistic Director Burrows, who trained at the American Academy of the Dramatic Arts (and is regarded as one of the builders of Bahamian theatre) have sought to revive the dramatic culture in the Bahamas and in the Caribbean and create a hub for Caribbean theatre. Caribbean Journal talked to Bethel about her inspiration for the festival and the challenges of producing Shakespeare in the Bahamas.