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Welcome to Bard in the Botanics 2012 Last summer, the festival celebrated its 10th Anniversary Season and it was a tremendous celebration of our work and our successes to date, achieving box office records and delighting both audiences and critics alike. In the wake of this celebratory season, the company has been looking at where we want to go in the next 10 years – how we would like to develop the tremendous success we have enjoyed to date and reach the widest possible audience.
This has led to the development of some very exciting plans for the future and it seemed appropriate, as a first stage in this development, to shape a season for 2012 which would similarly look outward and forward. And so I welcome you to the “Brave New World” Season, featuring 3 brand new productions all linked by common themes of discovery, exploration and new horizons. In both “The Tempest” and “As You Like It”, characters must journey into the unknown to discover themselves – in one, to a magical island “full of noises” and spirits – in the other, to the Forest of Arden where it proves that disguise can often reveal truth. Both plays also give us a chance to really exploit the beautiful surroundings of the Botanic Gardens, location and narrative blending together in the special way that only outdoor performance can achieve. Our third production, “Romeo and Juliet” features less discovery of the physical world but the emotional journey of its young characters is just as epic and wide-ranging. This year’s production focuses on those young characters - poised on the brink of adulthood and ultimately cut down in their prime – and introduces an exceptional young company of actors – the next generation of theatrical stars.
They will join our increasingly impressive core ensemble of actors, many of whom are returning for their 6th or 7th season with the company – I’m sure many of our audiences will recognise some familiar faces. One of the great joys of running this company has been developing an ensemble of incredibly talented actors, now unmatched in Scotland for experience – and we are immensely proud to welcome back so many of the actors who have helped make Bard in the Botanics such a success. We are, as ever, indebted to Glasgow City Council, the Botanic Gardens, Ewen Donaldson and all his staff who remain such generous and supportive hosts of Bard in the Botanics, providing the festival with a home of tremendous beauty.
So welcome to the 2012 Bard in the Botanics Festival and, whichever performance you are here to see, I hope it takes you on a journey of discovery and exploration too.
Gordon Barr Artistic Director
“I have bedimm’d The noontide sun, call’d forth the mutinous winds, And ‘twixt the green sea and the azured vault Set roaring war.”
Prospero, the right Duke of Milan
Caliban, enslaved by Prospero, the son of the witch Sycorax Ariel, the chief spirit of the isle
Stephen Clyde Paul Cunningham Tom Duncan
The Spirits of the Isle, who play Miranda, daughter to Prospero Alonso, King of Naples
Ferdinand, Alonso’s son
Sebastian, Alonso’s brother
Antonia, Prospero’s sister, the usurping Duchess of Milan
Gonzalo, an honest old councillor Stephano, a servant Trinculo, a servant
Nicole Cooper Kirk Bage Chris Fulton Steven Rae Beth Marshall Finlay McLean Kirk Bage Steven Rae
Directed by Jennifer Dick Set designed by Giggy Argo Costumes designed by Carys Hobbs Musical Support by David Higham
â€œThese violent delights have violent ends And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,Which as they kiss consumeâ€?
Benvolio (who also plays Friar Laurence)
Romeo (who also plays the Prince)
Juliet (who also plays Lady Montague) Tybalt (who also plays the Nurse & Friar John)
Mercutio (who also plays Capulet & the Apothecary)
Robert Elkin James Rottger Stephanie McGregor
Directed by Gordon Barr Designed by Alice Wilson Fight Direction by Marc Silberschatz Fight Captain Luke McConnell
“If thou remember’st not the slightest folly That ever love did make thee run into Thou hast not loved.”
At Court Duke Frederick Celia, his daughter Rosalind, her cousin, daughter to the banished Duke Touchstone, a clown Madame Le Beau, a courtier Charles, a wrestler Courtiers
Stephen Clyde Jennifer Dick
Nicole Cooper Paul Cunningham Beth Marshall Levi Morger Steven Wallace Steven Grawrock
The “De Boys” Household Oliver, eldest son of Sir Rowland de Boys Steven Rae Jacques de Boys, middle son of Sir Rowland Steven Wallace Orlando, youngest son of Sir Rowland Tom Duncan Adam, a servant Finlay McLean
In the Forest of Arden Duke Senior, banished brother to Duke Frederick Jaques, a melancholy lord Amiens, attendant on Duke Senior Forest Lords
Stephen Clyde Kirk Bage
Levi Morger Steven Grawrock Steven Wallace Audrey, a goatherd Beth Marshall Silvius, a shepherd John Scougall Phebe, a shepherdess Ashleigh Kasaboski William, a country youth Steven Grawrock Sir Oliver Martext, a country vicar Finlay McLean
Directed by Gordon Barr Costumes designed by Carys Hobbs Fight Direction by Marc Silberschatz
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Artistic Director Associate Director Production Manager Wardrobe Supervisor Deputy Stage Managers
Assistant Wardrobe Supervisor & Head Cutter Wardrobe Assistant Wardrobe Assistant Placements Front of House Manager Press Officer Associate Artists
Board of Directors
Gordon Barr Jennifer Dick Iain Orr Carys Hobbs Suzie Goldberg Deanne Jones Kylie Langford Socks Rolland Ruth Burgon Jessica Griffiths Yvonne Smith Lesley Booth (New Century PR) Gordon Barr, Sarah Chalcroft, Jennifer Dick, Kay Hesford, Scott Palmer, Sarah Paulley, Pete Searle, Sam Ramsay, Nicki Walsh, Kirk Bage, Tom Duncan, Paul Cunningham, Beth Marshall, Stephen Clyde, Nicole Cooper Val Atkinson (Chair), David Coleman, Gordon Jackson QC, Gillian Hastings, Lorraine Davidson
With thanks to: Glasgow Botanic Gardens, Ewen Donaldson and all his staff, Alana Brady, Jain McIntyre, James Dean, Lorenzo Mele, Sam Ramsay, Sarah Paulley, Theatre Stuff, QMU, RCS, Jack Sargeant, Mark Mitchell, Tron Theatre, Scottish Opera, Pete Searle
Kirk Bage (Alonso & Stephano / Jaques)
The Tempest and As You Like It will mark shows 12 and 13 for Kirk with Bard in the Botanics. Other roles have included Pericles in last year’s anniversary season, Sir Toby in Twelfth Night, Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew, Richard III and, most vividly, “French Soldier” in Henry V in his debut year. In a busy 2012 so far, Kirk has also worked with BBC Scotland, LA Media and Signal Films, enjoying a first showing at the Cannes Film Festival in the acclaimed short film First Date.
Daniel Campbell (Tybalt, Nurse and Friar John)
Daniel studied Acting and Performance at Coatbridge College. He has performed at The Arches, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Cumbernauld Theatre and has toured productions with AGAP Theatre. His College credits include The Tempest, Empty, 12 Angry Men, The Crucible, Lysistrata and Present Laughter. Daniel is fresh from The National Youth Film Academy’s 10 day “Make It Happen” Easter Course. He has also appeared in Bad Pony Media’s Television series The Young Person’s Guide To Becoming A Film Maker.
Stephen Clyde (Prospero / Duke Senior & Duke Frederick)
Stephen’s theatre work includes The Merchant Of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, King Lear, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Nights Dream and Hamlet (Bard In The Botanics), A Christmas Carol (National Theatre Of Scotland),The Lonesome West, Copenhagen and Cyprus (Mull Theatre); Translations, Betrayal and Waiting for Godot (Arches Theatre Company); A Doll’s House (Theatre Babel); The Demon Barber (Perth Theatre), Mouth of Silence (Birds of Paradise). Film and TV work includes Chain, The Curious, Stone of Destiny, River City, The Old Guys and Taggart.
Nicole Cooper (Miranda / Rosalind)
Nicole trained at RSAMD. This is her 4th season with Bard in the Botanics Previously with the company: Anne / Elizabeth etc. (Richard III), Regan (King Lear), Viola (Twelfth Night), Helena (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Ophelia (Hamlet). She is thrilled to be adding Miranda and Rosalind to her collection of Shakespeare's women! Other theatre credits include: Six Characters in Search of an Author, The Mountain Giants,The Hypochondriac, Stars in the Morning Sky, The Shape of Things.
Paul Cunningham (Caliban / Touchstone)
Paul has worked extensively throughout the UK, USA and Canada, working with companies as diverse as The Citizens Theatre, Lookout Theatre, NTS, Catherine Wheels, Vanishing Point, 7:84, Oran Mor’s Play Pie and a Pint , and most recently in The Man Who Lived Twice for Birds of Paradise. He is delighted to be returning to Bard in The Botanics for his 6th season. His Film and TV credits include; Taggart, Rebus, Still Game, Red Rose, and River City, as well as appearing in several radio plays and writing for the BBC comedy unit.
Jennifer Dick (Celia)
Jennifer’s acting credits for Bard in the Botanics include Kate (Taming of the Shrew), Mercutio / Friar / Lady Capulet (Shakespeare’s R & J), Goneril (Lear), Lady Macbeth (Macbeth), Queen Margaret (Richard III), Enobarba (Antony & Cleopatra), Mistress Quickly (Henry), Tamora (Kabuki Titus), Caliban (The Tempest) & Phebe (As You Like It). Other credits include Melissa (Love Letters for Bag&Baggage in Portland, Oregon), Sue (Abigail’s Party for Unscene), For the Islands I sing (Splinters Productions) & A Secret Room (The Arches).
Tom Duncan (Ariel / Orlando) For Bard in the Botanics, roles including: Lysander (A Midsummer Nights Dream), Laertes (Hamlet), Orsino (Twelfth Night), King Henry VI (Queen Margaret), Banquo (Macbeth), Gratiano (Merchant of Venice), Don John / Dogberry (Much Ado about Nothing), Caliban (this fearful country...), Sir Andrew Aguecheek (Twelfth Night). Tom trained at the RSAMD. Recent credits in theatre and film include Beauty and the Beast (Mad About), Romeo & Juliet (Erasmus), Aladdin (PACE), Mother Goose (Macrobert) and Joyeux Noel (Nord Ouest Productions).
Robert Elkin (Benvolio & Friar Laurence) Originally from Manchester, Robert trained at RSAMD. Robert is thrilled to be back with Bard in the Botanics for a third season, having previously appeared as Valentine (Twelfth Night), Puck (A Midsummer Night's Dream) and Rosencrantz/Osrick (Hamlet).
Chris Fulton (Ferdinand) Chris is just about to graduate from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s BA Acting course. His theatre work while there includes Sweet Bird Of Youth, The Cherry Orchard, Much Ado About Nothing, Medea, and most recently Observe The Sons Of Ulster Marching Towards The Somme (Tron Theatre) and Much Ado About Music (BBC/SSO). Before this Chris trained at RADA on their foundation course, credits whilst there include A Midsummer Night’s Dream and DNA.
Steven Grawrock (William & Forest Lord & Courtier) Steven grew up in Portland, Oregon. He is now studying at the RCS for a graduate degree in acting. Previous theatre credits include Banquo in Macbeth, Fluellen in Henry V and Dr. Treves in The Elephant Man. He is incredibly excited to have his Scottish theatre debut at Bard in the Botanics this year. He would like to thank his wife for her incredible support.
Ashleigh Kasaboski (Phebe) This is Ashleigh’s first time working with Bard Botanics. She is a postgraduate student here at RCS and since arriving last September from Toronto, Canada, she is proud to call Glasgow her home away from home. Theatre credits include Measure for Measure (Isabella) at RCS; King Lear (Cordelia) at The Globe Theatre, Hamlet (Ophelia); The Rocky Horror Show (Magenta); The Penelopiad (Penelope) and Extremities, all at RAPA; Blood Brothers (RCMPI); The Curious Savage (GLT).
Beth Marshall (Antonia / Audrey & Madame Le Beau) Beth’s theatre work includes 7 seasons with Bard in the Botanics, 4 seasons with Mull Theatre, Monster in the Hall (Best Ensemble 2011) and Yellow Moon (TMA Best Show For Young People 2008) with TAG Theatre, A Christmas Carol (CATS Best Ensemble 2012) with NTS, The Dundee Rep Ensemble, The Belgrade Theatre, The Byre Theatre, The Citizens Theatre, The King’s Theatre Glasgow, Grey Coast Theatre, Sounds of Progress and Communicado.
Luke McConnell (Mercutio & Capulet & Apothecary) Luke is delighted to be joining Bard in the Botanics for his first year this summer. Since graduating from Queen Margaret University in 2010, Luke's theatre credits include: Peter Pan at the New Vic Theatre, Alls Well That Ends Well and Anne Boleyn at Shakespeares Globe Theatre. Luke has also just recently finished a National tour of Anne Boleyn in a co-production with Shakespeares Globe and the English Touring Theatre. He is very much looking forward to being back in Scotland and spending time in the garden!
Finlay McLean (Gonzalo / Adam & Sir Oliver Martext) Finlay McLean has worked extensively in radio, theatre, TV and films. He has appeared as the Ghost / Player King in Hamlet for Bard in the Botanics, as Shylock in The Merchant of Venice (Prime Productions), Danforth in The Crucible and King Hrothgar in Beowulf (Arches Theatre). TV Credits include Taggart, Rebus and River City. Film credits include Senseless (Matador Pictures) and Regeneration (BBC Films).
Stephanie McGregor (Juliet & Lady Montague) This is Stephanieâ€™s debut with Bard in the Botanics. She trained at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance graduating with a BA (Hons) Acting Degree. Other theatre credits include: Antigone (Antigone) at The Space, Philomele (The Love of a Nightingale), Goneril (King Lear) and We Planted Sunflowers (Paines Plough) at Rose Bruford. She was lucky enough to perform at Shakespeareâ€™s Globe in the Sam Wanamaker Festival, playing Vittoria (The White Devil). This autumn she will be starting a new musical by Cora Bissett called Glasgow Girls (National Theatre of Scotland).
Levi Morger (Charles & Amiens) Levi Morger has worked in New York since 2002. He is currently an MA acting student at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Theatre in New York includes Three Sisters, The Duchess of Malfi, MANSON: THE MUSICAL!, Against Her Better Judgment, As You Like It, Form=Nothingness, Demon.doc and Brigadoon. Radio credits include A Spring Like Day and The Third Colony. Film credits include Hey, Sonny... and The Morning After.
Steven Rae (Trinculo & Sebastian / Oliver) Steven trained at RSAMD. His recent credits include Little Ulla (Citizens/Grinagaog), Mr Snow (macrobert),Hamlet, King Lear, Twelfth Night (Bard In the Botanics), This View Of Life, Outspoken, Wee Fairy Tales, The Bevellers (TAG/ Citizens Theatre), Passing Places, The Magistrate (Pitlochry), Snuff (Arches / NTS), Prince Unleashed (Visible Fictions/BBC Scotland). Film/TV credits include Outpost- Rise of the Spetsnaz (Black Camel Pictures), The Last Laugh (BBC Three), Laid Off (Zam Salim), and West End Story (Simpatico productions).
James Rottger (Romeo & Prince) James is delighted to be making his Bard in the Botanics debut as Romeo. Born and raised near Dundee, James trained at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, where he appeared in numerous shows, including his Shakespearean debut as Malcolm in Macbeth. Professional credits include: Cinderella (Dundee Rep), Going Green (Palm Tree Films) and Series Three of Gary: Tank Commander (Comedy Unit/BBC Scotland) which is due to air later this year.
John Scougall (Silvius) John is currently training at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. His theatre credits include Phil in John Byrne's 'The Slab Boys' and 'Cuttin a Rug' (Magners Comedy Festival); Stevie Reynolds in Peter Paterson's debut play 'Smile'; Quintus/Caius in 'Titus Andronicus' (Bard in the Botanics) and Macduff in 'Macbeth' (InTheatre). John has also recently completed filming on the pilot episode of TV mockumentary 'Close-Up'. He is excited to be returning to Bard in the Botanics this year.
Steven Wallace (Jacques de Boys & Courtier & Forest Lord) Steven is currently a post graduate student at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he is studying for a masters degree in classical and contemporary text. Having relocated from Newcastle, this is his first season with Bard in the Botanics. Previous roles include Antonio in The Duchess of Malfi (RCS), Edmund in King Lear (Globe Education), Peter Quince in A Midsummer Nightâ€™s Dream (PTAG), Salieri in Amadeus (NUTS) and Kenneth Williams in Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick (PTAG).
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Production Team Biographies
(Set Designer – The Tempest) Giggy studied Interior Architecture at Robert Gordon University and then Set Design and Construction at Queen Margaret University. Since designing Hamlet last season, Giggy has designed for Hairy Maclary and Friends at the Sydney Opera House and worked as Scenic Artist for shows including, A View from the Bridge, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Jackie and the Beanstalk.
(Director – Romeo and Juliet / As You Like It) Gordon has been a director at Bard in the Botanics since the first season in 2012 and this is his ninth season as Artistic Director, directing and producing more than 35 productions of Shakespeare’s work in that time. His own directing credits for the company include, amongst others, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pericles, King Lear, Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew, Richard III, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, The Winter’s Tale and The Comedy of Errors. He has taught Shakespeare extensively, including directing a number of productions for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland – most recently The Wars of the Roses Part 3. He has also worked on projects for a variety of companies across Scotland including NTS, macrobert, Cumbernauld Theatre, TAG and 7:84.
(Assistant Director - As You Like It) Phil is currently training at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. In June he staged A Million Hearts in Stereo at the Arches and he is currently directing The Special, a new piece by Rona Munro which tours from August. Other directing experience includes Ubu (Edinburgh Fringe), Bad Jazz (University of Oxford), and an outdoor production of Love’s Labour’s Lost. He recently assisted Alison Peebles on Bite the Bullet (Oran Mor).
(Director – The Tempest) Jennifer has been a core member of the company since the first festival in 2002. Her previous productions as a director for Bard in the Botanics include Hamlet, Queen Margaret, Macbeth and Love’s Labour’s Lost and Twelfth Night for the B in the Park Summer School. Other productions include Vivienne Grout’s Adventure in Another Metropolis (sparkleDark), David Copperfield (QMU), The Wars of the Roses Part Two (RCS) and Oleanna (Unscene / sparkleDark). Jennifer recently spent 3 months in America, directing Shakespeare’s R & J for Bag&Baggage Productions in Portland, Oregon.
(Deputy Stage Manager – The Tempest / As You Like It) This is Suzie’s second season with Bard in the Botanics. She trained in Technical and Production Arts at the RSAMD. Since then she has worked in stage management and prop making for various companies, including Birds of Paradise, Borderline, Scottish Opera and Visible Fictions, Random Accomplice, SYT and Bill Kenwright Ltd. She has also worked on many Tron Theatre Productions. In fact she has just returned from her time on tour to New York and London as Company Stage Manager for the Tron’s production of “A Slow Air”. She has also worked as Art Director on short film “Voices” and a music video for Phase VI media.
Carys Hobbs (Costume Designer & Wardrobe Supervisor) Carys is delighted to be returning to Bard in the Botanics for a fourth consecutive season. Her previous productions with the company include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, King Lear and Twelfth Night. Carys has recently toured Madame Butterfly with Mid Wales Opera and has costumed projects at The National Portrait Gallery. Other credits include APA’s The Silver Darlings and Sunset Song, Qdos productions and feature film “Electric Man”.
(DSM – Romeo and Juliet) Deanne has just finished a national tour of Something in the Air, with Oily Cart & Ockham’s Razor and a remount of Paddy Cunneen’s awarding winning Fleeto and Wee Andy at the Brighton Fringe. She previously worked Production Coordinator at the RSAMD for 3 years before leaving to continue her freelance career. Previous credits include: Ring a Ding Ding (Oily Cart), If I were a mouse I would hide in your hood (Reeling and Writhing), Musical Hats (Scottish Ensemble) and Wee Dance Wee Groove (Imaginate).
(Production Manager) Recently completing an undergraduate degree in Drama and Theatre Arts, Iain has worked on several productions both as a Director and a Production Manager. Credits as director include Overthought, part of Bated Breath at the Traverse Theatre, and REDotto 2012 at the Caves. Credits as Production Manager include the tour of David Bachelor’s Keep Smiling Through, several projects as technical manager of Tightlaced Theatre and Edinburgh Grand Opera’s Carmen at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh.
Marc Silberschatz (Fight Director)
Marc Silberschatz is thrilled to be working with Bard in the Botanics for a fourth consecutive season. Previous productions with the company have included Macbeth, Titus Andronicus, King Lear, Hamlet and Wars of the Roses. Other productions: Linda McLean's Reminded of Beauty, Moby Dick Rehearsed (NY Times Critic's Pick) and the award-winning world premiere of T.L.C. He is currently pursuing his PhD, exploring how the principles of flow theory can be applied to rehearsal and performance practice.
(Designer – Romeo and Juliet) Alice graduated from Queen Margaret University last July and has since been working professionally as a Set and Costume Designer. She has recently been nominated for a CATS Award as part of the design team on Magnetic North’s Pass The Spoon. This is her second year working with Bard in the Botanics, however Romeo and Juliet is her first full design for the company.
Bard in the Botanics – A Timeline
First ever Bard in the Botanics Festival. Founding Artistic Director, Scott Palmer directs As You Like It and The Tempest. The season also features a lesser-known play – Titus Andronicus – produced in an unexpected style, fusing Shakespeare’s language with the visuals of Japanese theatre to create Kabuki-Titus. Current Artistic Director, Gordon Barr, directs Romeo and Juliet in an early incarnation of the “Emerging Artists” Scheme. Current Associate Director, Jennifer Dick plays Caliban and Phebe. Core actor, Kirk Bage, joins the company to play Bosola in The Duchess of Malfi, staged in a graveyard.
The festival features 5 full-scale productions including Measure for Measure, Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V and Antony and Cleopatra. Gordon Barr directs a musical version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream – this production will later win the “People’s Shakespeare” vote in 2011 and be revived for our 10th Anniversary Season. Kabuki-Titus is invited to perform at the Perth International Festival of the Arts.
Gordon Barr takes over as Artistic Director - his first season includes a revival of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and new productions of Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, Richard III and Infinite Variety – a new piece celebrating Shakespeare’s women.
“The Summer of Love” season is headlined by productions of Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night. Core actor, Tom Duncan, makes his Bard in the Botanics debut as Sir Andrew in Twelfth Night and the Prince in Romeo and Juliet. Scott Palmer returns to direct a new production of his acclaimed version of King Lear at Oran Mor. The company collaborates with Cumbernauld Youth Theatre on a production of Macbeth, part of our ongoing commitment to instil a love of Shakespeare in young people of all ages.
Gordon Barr directs The Comedy of Errors and The Winter’s Tale, with core actors Beth Marshall and Paul Cunningham joining the company as Paulina and Leontes respectively. Jennifer Dick directs her first production for the company – “this fearful country...”, an imagined prologue to The Tempest. The production is commissioned under the “Emerging Artists” scheme. Infinite Variety is commissioned by Cumbernauld Theatre.
The company tours Joe Calarco’s “Shakespeare’s R & J”, an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, round Glasgow and North Lanarkshire. The Kibble Palace reopens after 3 years and the company stages Othello in the new glasshouse. The festival also features an adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, featuring just 5 actors and our inaugural “B in the Park” Summer School for young people which stages Twelfth Night.
2008 One of the company’s most critically acclaimed seasons to date features The Merchant of Venice and Much Ado About Nothing. Core actor, Stephen Clyde, joins the company for the first time to play Antonio in The Merchant of Venice and Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, opposite his real-life partner, Beth Marshall as Beatrice. Our “Emerging Artists” programme is established, seeing 4 young drama school graduates join the acting company. The “B in the Park” summer school returns with a production of Love’s Labours Lost.
Associate Director, Jennifer Dick, returns to her acting roots to play Kate in The Taming of the Shrew before going on to direct her first full production for the company, Macbeth. The company establishes “The Lesser-Spotted Shakespeare” strand, under which Gordon Barr directs a 3-man version of Richard III in the Kibble Palace, featuring core actor Nicole Cooper in her Bard in the Botanics debut, playing 6 characters!
The festival features the company’s first full version of King Lear, followed by a highly acclaimed production of Twelfth Night. Meanwhile, Jennifer Dick directs “Queen Margaret” as our “Lesser-Spotted Shakespeare”. Gleaned from the Henry VI plays, this new piece follows the story of one of Shakespeare’s most incredible female characters. 2010 marks the first season which brings our 6 core actors together – Kirk Bage, Stephen Clyde, Nicole Cooper, Paul Cunningham, Tom Duncan and Beth Marshall. The “Emerging Artists” programme is extended to include a director – Marc Silberschatz who directs Titus Andronicus.
The company celebrates its 10th Anniversary Season in style with a host of large-scale productions. The “People’s Shakespeare” saw our audiences vote for A Midsummer Night’s Dream to open the festival. The colourful, musical extravaganza sees Shakespeare and Lady Gaga brought together for perhaps the first time. Stephen Clyde’s performance as Bottom wins him the Best Actor award at the CATS Awards.The company stages its first production of Hamlet and the “Lesser-Spotted Shakespeare” saw us tackle Pericles for the first time. The company collaborates with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to stage The Wars of the Roses – an adaptation of Henry VI Parts 1, 2 & 3 and Richard III.
And so to this year - The “Brave New World” season features new productions of The Tempest, As You Like It and Romeo and Juliet. Romeo and Juliet will also be offering free performances in community spaces and to community groups across Glasgow, bringing our work to a whole new audience. The Brave New World season is all about discovery, exploration and new horizons. As a company, we are delighted with what we have achieved in that past decade and look forward to discovering where our new horizons are in the coming years.
Friends of Bard in the Botanics Bard in the Botanics would like to thank the following organisations for their generous support of Bard in the Botanics 2012: Glasgow City Council Glasgow Life Eastwood Park Theatre Big Lottery Fund: Awards for All The Trades House of Glasgow The Calder Trust per Messrs. Mactaggart & Company, Solicitors, Largs Educational Institute of Scotland Gordon Fraser Charitable Trust The Cross Trust James Wood Bequest Fund Bard in the Botanics would like to thank the following individuals & companies for their valued support: â€œRoseâ€? Patrons Frontline Consultants
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