Shakespeare and Carnival?

Shakespeare and Carnival, an unlikely pairing? Think again because the Trinidad Theatre Workshop (TTW), certainly have. The theatre’s company of actors are delivering a local take on Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The play, directed by Timmia Hearn Feldman, opened on the 18th of April, with a cast of seven actors, playing a total of twenty characters. This version is unique because it is set in contemporary Trinidadian Carnival society. Director Timmia Feldman said, “the setting is the best parallel to Shakespeare’s rendering of the Bacchanalian May Day celebrations, in Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

At the launch, two excerpts from the play contained recognisable but modified carnival characters. The jab jab was evident in Titania and her fairies. The aggressive characteristics of the blue devil were portrayed in the character King Oberon. There are contemporary carnival characters used throughout the play and the actors use their own accents and intonations, to deliver their performances.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream runs from the 25th – 28th of April at the Trinidad Theatre Workshop. More information can be found on their website, www.trinidadtheatreworkshop.com.

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