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Studio teams up with Shakespeare company
SALISBURY’S Studio Theatre is teaming up with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) for a production of Macbeth next year.
The group has been selected by the RSC for the next phase of its Open Stages project.
Macbeth will be performed in October next year at Studio’s Ashley Road theatre, but between now and then, its director Chris Hawley will receive training, mentoring and feedback from the RSC. Last month, Mr Hawley travelled to Stratford for a weekend of workshops on the fundamentals of directing.
In the coming months, there will be further skills workshops for actors and technicians at the Nuffield Theatre in Southampton, which is also involved in the project.
Two years ago, Studio Theatre took part in the inaugural Open Stages project, which involved about 260 amateur companies across the country. It culminated in an invitation to perform part of its award-winning production of Hamlet in Stratford-upon-Avon after it won the National Shakespeare Competition, run by the RSC in conjunction with the All England Theatre Festival.
This year, Open Stages, which aims to transform the relationship between the amateur and professional stage, selected 86 companies nationwide to work with RSC.
Mr Hawley said: “Our last experience with Open Stages was thrilling and gave us, as a company, the confidence to push forward with new and more ambitious ideas. We’re looking forward to this time to work alongside and learn new skills from the professionals, which will help us realise those ambitions and allow us to explore new creative paths.
“Historically, amateur theatre has been tarred with a very sticky brush but this project will once again show that there is some amazing talent out there putting on some brave, exciting and inspiring theatre – we just don’t get paid for it.”
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