You look as if you held a brow of much distraction. [The Winter’s Tale 1.2.149]
Set in modern dress yet accepting all forms of expressive artifices, we have developed an approach to the work based on a direct encounter between actors and spectators, movement and spatial awareness, deep emotions and pure entertainment. Ours is a swift Winter’s Tale, one which has sought to keep an eye open on its surroundings and include the audience in its festivities.
Leontes, the King of Sicilia, and Polexenes, King of Bohemia, are about to part friendship and suspend bonds of amity that have united them since childhood. Like a serpent, an infectious jealousy has entered the realm of Sicilia promising its imminent demise. Condemning the lives of those he loves, will the hero find redemption or has he himself become the subject of the lies he has sprouted in his land? Might the craft of Camillo and Paulina ever bring back his beloved Queen Hermione or has she remained silent for all these years for a reason? All questions have been asked…
Cast: Marlon Ariyasinghe, Manon Beury, Géraldine Donaldson, Athéna Dubois-Pelerin, Lukas Hobi, Kailing Huang, Sally Lanar, Pauline Leroy, Mélanie Miranda, Bahareh Samimi, Jessica Subire, Adrian Zacharias.
Adaptation and stage direction: Nicholas Weeks
Lights: Juliette Pierangelo