Monday, July 20, 2009
R.A.D.A., London, and London Theatre - "The Merchant of Venice"
We are moving into the final two weeks of our program here at RADA and my group will be performing an adapted version of "The Merchant of Venice". Our director and program leader, Nona Shepphard, adapted the script down to about ninety minutes. I am playing the role of Antonio who is the "merchant" spoken of in the title. Many of the other roles are being doubled and tripled up. It should be very interesting, because these actors will often be on stage at the same time. For instance, there are two actors playing Shylock, and often they will be on stage simultaneously. Often they will be saying lies in unison and other times not. I think it can create a very powerful experience. We only have ten days to get this thing up and running. Thankfully that's all we have to do now. The other group is performing an adaptation of "Julius Caeser" and "Anthony and Cleopatra". We will each be doing three performances.