House Tours Transport's AS YOU LIKE IT, Now thru Nov 22
From today, 27 September to 22 November 2013, Transport, the critically acclaimed Folkstone-based theatre company behind Invisible, 1001 Nights, Elegy and Europe will present an innovative and visceral new production of Shakespeare's age-old romantic comedy across the South East of England, Eastern England and internationally. The tour will open in Luxembourg tonight, 27 September and finish on 22 November in London. For a full list of tour dates, see below!
A vibrant, touching, and timely story about love and statelessness, As You Like It examines human capacity to endure. Rosalind, the daughter of an exiled leader, falls in love with Orlando. Separately the two are banished from their homeland by Rosalind's dictator uncle. In the wild depths of the forest they find unexpected freedom and are reunited with friends and family.
Casting includes: Fisayo Akinade, Ritu Arya, Colin Carmichael, Anna Elijasz, Michael Fox Elisabet Johannesdottir, George Lasha, Mark Jax, Alton Letto.
Using theatre to examine a complex subject, director Douglas Rintoul researched experiences of exile and identity, working with asylum seekers and migrants from India, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. In this new adaptation, Rintoul underpins Shakespeare's classic English text with references to contemporary political exile, offering audiences new perspectives on the play, our own society and the wider world.
Douglas is artistic director of Transport and has directed for the Barbican, Unicorn Theatre, Watermill Theatre, Trafalgar Studios, Dundee Rep Theatre, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, National Theatre Studio, Salisbury Playhouse, New Wolsey Theatre, Ice&Fire and Creation. He is also a long-standing associate director to Complicite and was an assistant and associate director to Deborah Warner.
Transport was awarded house's first Contemporary Classic Theatre commission for their new adaptation of As You Like It. The commission was designed to create and tour a new piece of contemporary classic theatre to new and established theatre audiences, initially across the South East and East regions of the UK.
Transport is an internationally minded arts company based in Folkestone. Positioned on a geographical border, the company's focus is rooted in the near and far looking towards the channel and beyond. Transport exists to make work that celebrates the diversity of the human experience, engages the imagination and promotes new forms and collaborations. Transport's work is highly visual, sonorous, physical and poetic and through collaboration the company produce strong ensemble lead story telling for the theatre - be that new text, devised work or classic drama. Transport is headed by theatre director Douglas Rintoul (Complicte, Barbican, Watermill, National Theatre Studio) and producer Emma Cameron (Complicite, Deborah Warner, Royal Court, National Theatre).
AS YOU LIKE IT
by William Shakespeare
Presented by house
Produced by Transport Theatre in association with Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg and New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich
Directed by Douglas Rintoul
Luxembourg, Grand Théâtre Studio
27, 30 September, 1 October 2013
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Ipswich, New Wolsey Theatre
9 - 12 October
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Peterborough, Key Theatre
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Newbury, Corn Exchange
15 - 16 October
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