After four years of increasingly successful youth productions by
the Young Auckland Shakespeare Company, The Auckland Shakespeare
Company has chosen 2016, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's
death, to stage their first professional production.
LUCRECE is a reimagining
of Shakespeare's narrative poem, The Rape of Lucrece, first
published in 1594. Working from the original text, four actors and
a musician have devised a theatrical presentation that honours the
400-year-old work and brings it into the 21st century. Now more
than ever, when rape culture is being closely examined, this work
highlights the issue of such a horrific crime, its devastating
consequences, and the ultimate effects on everyone involved.
Transforming a poem into a performance has been a unique journey
for the company. LUCRECE will
be brought to life with spoken word, supported by a haunting
original musical score from Paul McLaney, and explored through
stylised movement from a chorus of male actors as well. We've
brought a range of aesthetic elements together in order to create
the nightmare that Lucrece - and those closest to her - have to go
A performance of this poem has never been seen before in
Auckland. This is a rare opportunity to see Shakespeare at its most
intense, while exploring themes that have rippled through time and
are as important now as they ever were.
LUCRECE plays at TAPAC
theatre from 26-30 October, and stars Anthea Hill, Daniel
Watterson, Sheena Irving and Calum Gittins, with original music
composed by Paul McLaney ("…on the threshold of something big" -
Mike Alexander, Stuff).
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The Auckland Shakespeare Company is a registered charitable trust.
We have had generous support from Auckland Live and Four Winds
Foundation for the initial development of this project, but we have
sadly been unsuccessful in our many, many funding applications for
the actual staging of the show. We are coming to you, our amazing
crowd of supporters, to crowdfund the significant but unavoidable
cost of theatre hire for the incredible TAPAC black box
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