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Students' special season to bring The Bard back to life

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: December 05, 2013

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Some of the greatest plays ever penned are currently being performed by students from the University of Lincoln as part of Shakespeare Season.

The productions are being staged at Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, ongoing to Saturday, December 7, directed and abridged by the Lincoln School of Performing Arts and performed by second-year undergraduate students.

Dr Diane Dubois, senior lecturer at the Lincoln School of Performing Arts, says: "Our students do not just work as actors on the shows.

"They work behind the scenes, marketing the shows, designing, lighting, sound, costume and props, and working as assistant directors, choreographers, fight co-ordinators and stage managers, too. Our students are granted the great privilege and opportunity to use, on the stage, some of the best language ever written for actors to perform.

"They also mature as performers, as being in a Shakespeare play can provide the best theatrical workout that an actor can experience."

One student, Michael Cahill, says being part of Shakespeare Season has proved to be a very challenging and rewarding experience, adding: "Shakespearean texts in performance are often greeted with a lot of nerves as there are such high expectations when performing such great plays.

"However, since working on the play Cymbeline I have found that bringing the text to life has enabled my peers and I to truly understand the language of the play. The language that Shakespeare uses encourages us to push ourselves as actors as we immerse ourselves in his complicated characters and complex storylines."

Still to be performed as part of Shakespeare Season...

A Winter's Tale (December 6): Mad with paranoid jealousy, King Leontes enters a self-destructive cycle that sees him slip from mercy to tyranny, love to cruelty. Years later his daughter, abandoned and presumed dead, meets and falls in love with a prince, and so begins a journey that leads to the most startling reconciliation and redemption.

Cymbeline (December 7): With its beautiful princess, wicked stepmother, kindly woodsmen, and stolen babies, Cymbeline is a dark fairy tale.

Julius Caesar ( December 8): Tyranny or democracy? Republic or dictatorship? This version is set after the Russian Revolution, where a magnetic quasi-democratic Leninist leader is deposed and a civil war erupts between a Republican faction and a Stalinist cabal.

All shows 7.30pm. Tickets: £7, £5 concs, students and U26s. Box Office: 01522 837600, www.lpac.co.uk

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