Spanish dream for dramatic society
Next summer Sudbury Dramatic Society (SDS) is taking on an ambitious project to perform one of Shakespeare’s finest plays in Spain.
To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Annie Eddington will be directing the July 2016 SDS production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest at Sudbury’s Quay Theatre.
Following its week of performances there, the plan is to take the production to perform at an outdoor theatre in the Spanish town of Laroles, situated in Las Alpujarras - “Un Teatro entre Todos”, translated as A Theatre for Everyone.
A Theatre for Everyone is a project run by an English woman, Anna Kemp, converting two traditional Alpujarran circular threshing floors into an outdoor performing space, seating 250 people.
Currently Mrs Eddington, alongside fellow organiser Sara Knight, is working hard to obtain sponsorship and raise money to fund the trip.
The intention is to benefit both Sudbury and Laroles by creating a link between two theatre groups.
The pair will be explaining more about The Tempest Project on Sunday at 2.30pm in the Jetty at The Quay Theatre, where they will be showing photographs of the theatre space in Spain and holding a question and answer session.
This will be followed by a practical Shakespeare Workshop, for all ages, with the aim of de-mystifying Shakespeare, bringing his language alive, offering everyone a chance to engage with his storytelling and have fun.
Auditions for The Tempest, a mystical story set on a magical island, are likely to be held early in 2016 and a company of around 10 actors and musicians will be needed.