A magical tale exploring the cycles of human life, the destructive capacity of jealousy and the struggle for understanding, forgiveness and reconciliation. And a bear.
A jealous husband tears apart his own kingdom when he falsely accuses his wife of adultery with his childhood friend. In his foolishness and rage he loses his wife, his son, and his newborn. Time passes, the seasons change. Seeds are planted for reunion, redemption, and rebirth.
"A sad tale's best for winter: I have one of sprites and goblins."
Written by William Shakespeare.
Directed by Bruce Brown.
Presented by Ellerslie Theatrical Society.
An interview with the director, Bruce Brown:
I started studying at UNITEC straight after college, on their performing arts bachelor programme, doing a major in writing and directing. I’ve been familiar with The Winter’s Tale for years. I read it while I was studying. The Winter’s Tale gives you the highs of drama and tragedy and then a second half with a lot of comedy. Shakespeare has been done to death in the past by always being done the same way. I think that people who know the play will have a few surprises with this production. I want to challenge audiences’ expectations, to challenge how people see Shakespeare, not just as ‘men in tights’ and inaccessible.
See the website for the full interview.
Leontes - Wayne Coreham;
Hermione - Jane Rushton;
Polixenes - Pascal Tibbits;
Paulina - Suzann James;
Autolycus / Antigonus - Tim Skinner;
Emilia / Cleomenes / Second Gentleman - Tracey Holdsworth;
Camillo - Steve Austin;
Old Shepherd - David Blakey;
Perdita - Jessica Walsh;
Florizel / Jailer / Mariner - Isaac White;
Young Shepherd / Officer - Benjamin Murray;
First Lady / First Servant / Mopsa - Kiri Aikman;
Mamillius / Bear / Time - John Edwards;
Second Lady / Second Servant / Dorcas - Gwendoline Taylor.