Although currently prevented from performing live on stage at the Mary Wallace Theatre, we at the Richmond Shakespeare Society have not been idle. Through the magic of Zoom (more powerful even than Prospero’s spells!) we have been able to make available to our members a variety of virtual productions, including a Halloween Fright Night and Whisky Galore. Other Zoom events in the past months have included a Lock-In Social, a costumed production of School For Scandal, a reading of Pygmalion and a poetry evening. February also saw a Zoom production of Limitless by our Young Actors Company.
What’s next? Well, this month we’ll be reading Old Possom’s Book Of Practical Cats, and making preparations for a joint production with the Lewis Carol Society to mark the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice Through The Looking Glass. A reading of The Magistrate will follow and in June we’ll be streaming a virtual production of Consent by Nina Raine. If there is a silver lining to the Covid cloud it is that it has exposed hitherto undetected talent and ingenuity within our organisation.
Meanwhile, in preparation for safer times and a relaxing of Covid regulations, casting and rehearsals of our April production of Quartermaine’s Terms by Simon Gray are progressing, which will be followed by Arlitia Jones’ Summerland. And preparations for our June Open Air Shakespeare (The Comedy Of Errors) are already under way.
Dates of all future events can be found at richmondshakespeare.org.uk.
The RSS always welcomes new members whatever their skills, and we look forward to producing live theatre again, alongside continuing Zoom broadcasts, before too long. Drama lives at the RSS!