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Friday 20 October 2017

Shakespeare in great outdoors

Travelling Light Theatre, who are presenting 'The Tempest' by William Shakespeare at Wells House.
Travelling Light Theatre, who are presenting 'The Tempest' by William Shakespeare at Wells House.

SHAKESPEARE is coming to Wells House.

His play 'The Tempest' will be performed on the front lawn of this magnificent Gothic Tudor Mansion on the first and last Saturdays in July.

Travelling Light Theatre's young, international, energetic and award-winning cast will visit Wells House for the opening and closing nights of what many now consider to be The Bard's finest play.

As a 'picnic theatre' event, 'The Tempest' is an ideal first taste of Shakespeare for anyone who has heard of the world's greatest playwright but has never seen any of his works performed.

This production is a real celebration of creativity and the art and craft of theatre, and it will whet the appetite for more of Shakespeare's wonderful insights into what makes us humans tick, and his wonderful ability to weave compelling and magical stories around this rich diversity of characters.

With 'The Tempest' there is no mystery about the language – despite being 400 years old, and it is easily understood and easy to follow.

This production should also delight and engage the experts in literature and theatre. It is true to its origins, faithful to the script, and is a clear reflection of the period in which the story was set. The story is full of dark plots, truly hilarious scenes, romance, betrayal and revenge.

This professional production by Wexford-based Travelling Light Theatre is on tour in Co. Wexford in July, visiting Wells House on the first and last Saturdays of the month (July 6 and July 27); The Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy on July 13; and Redmond Park in Wexford on July 20.

Theatre goers are encouraged to bring along picnic rugs and cushions to sit on, and maybe even a picnic to enjoy with the on-stage entertainment. Areas will be reserved for wheelchair users and anyone who wishes to sit in camping chairs, which they will need to bring along themselves. Guests are advised to dress according to the weather.

Gourmet picnics are also available to order for the performances in Wells House - see the website for more details or contact 053 9186737.

The performances begin on the Saturday nights at 7.30 p.m. with an arrival time of 7 p.m. advised. Tickets are available online at: wellshouse.ticketabc.com/venues/wellshouse/

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