Shakespeare Demystified: The Merry Wives of Windsor
In a little town called Windsor live two generally happy and loving couples, the PAGEs and the FORDs. Things change with the arrival of the fat, drunken old knight FALSTAFF. Being very broke, he decides to sweet-talk some money out of the ladies, writing them identical love letters. But in this very little town, the two loyal wives and good friends find out. Neither has any intention of cheating on her husband - but that doesn't mean they can't have fun teaching this rascal a lesson!
Taking the role of the would-be playboy Falstaff is Qahar Aqilah, while foiling his schemes as the Merry Wives are Sandee Chew and Marina Tan. Lim Soon Heng and Lim Kien Lee portray their very different husbands. Joining the ensemble as guest performers are veteran actor Anne James as the nosy neighbour Mistress Quickly, and newcomer David Lim.
KUALA LUMPUR SHOW DETAILS
Venue: Indicine, klpac
Date: 17 - 20 April 2013 @ 8.30pm
20 - 21 April 2013 @ 3pm
PENANG SHOW DETAILS
Venue: Stage 2, penangpac
Date: 24 - 27 April 2013 @ 8.30pm
28 April 2013 @ 3pm
Ticket: RM28 | RM20 (Student Group Booking min 40 pax)
PREVIEW: RM 23
[17 Apr 2013 @ klpac]
[25 Apr 2013 @ penangpac]
EARLY BIRD: RM23
[Valid until 15 Mar 2013 for klpac]
[Valid until 22 Mar 2013 for penangpac]
Shakespeare Demystified (SD) started with its maiden production Julius Caesar in 2011, followed by The Merchant of Venice in April 2012. We aspire to “un-scarify” Shakespeare, and bring the Bard closer to a diverse audience, including teens, adults, and those whose first language may not be English.
Our work is inspired by Australian director Jeff Kevin, who was invited by the Australian High Commission and klpac to conduct a workshop in 2009. This was followed by a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2010 under his direction. A number of SD members took part on both occasions, and learned how Shakespeare’s works can be presented in a simple way, yet capable of drawing the audience into a fantastic and compelling world. A weaving of clever storytelling and language reveals the Bard’s rich imagination and depth of humanity.
We are a colourful bunch of Shakespeare enthusiasists from diverse backgrounds. And within SD, we don’t only act, but direct, produce, design, train and take up various other production tasks. At the very core, we all hold the strong belief that:
“Shakespeare was originally written not to be studied by geeks or seen by snobs, but to be performed for the general masses.”