Shakespeare In Paradise 2011 - Nassau, Bahamas:
Designed to expose locals and visitors to the best in World, Caribbean, African, and African American theatre, Shakespeare in Paradise celebrates theatre in all its forms, not just Shakespeare.
Shakespeare in Paradise was conceived by Ringplay Productions for the following purposes:
Celebration and Development of Bahamian Theatre. The Bahamian tradition of theatre is a long and robust one which in recent years has experienced a slump in output, though no abatement in interest. Shakespeare in Paradise is designed to celebrate the best of the past while developing a brighter, stronger future.
Education & Exposure. We’re committed to exposing Bahamian audiences to a range of productions from classical theatre traditions around the world. Our decision to hold the Festival during the academic year enables us to offer specifically tailored educational packages to local and international schoolchildren. Integral to the Festival will be the offering of workshops and special performances in schools and for school audiences.
Community outreach. Shakespeare in Paradise is specifically targeted to offer opportunities to individuals in the cultural community who have limited outlets for their training, as well as to provide training for those with interest but no real skill. Through volunteer activity and productive partnerships, the Festival aims to expand this sector of the Bahamian cultural community.
Historic preservation/City of Nassau development. One of the goals of the Festival is to present plays in unusual spaces in and around the City of Nassau. We believe that Nassau has unique architectural and landscape qualities that can provide the ideal backdrop for various productions. By taking the Festival out of traditional theatre spaces and into the city, we hope to highlight those special features of Nassau and raise support for their preservation for future generations.
Enhancement of the Bahamian Tourist Product. Tourism is changing, and tourists are seeking more varied experiences. Shakespeare in Paradise is designed to enhance the Bahamian tourist product by providing a festival for theatre-goers and tourists alike.
Economic development. Studies carried out by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery of CARICOM and others suggest that culture is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the global economy. The cultural industries are more resilient in economic downturns than other, more traditional economic activities, and they are driven by changing trends in tourism. The establishment of Shakespeare in Paradise aims to build capacity in the Bahamian cultural industries, provide visitors with a different experience, and open up new markets to The Bahamas.
Among us, the members of Ringplay Productions have over fifty years’ experience in Bahamian theatre and theatre production in general.
5 Shows - 10 Days - 25 Performances
5 Shows - 10 Days - 25 Performances
Shakespeare In Paradise 2011
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Persons needing additional information can contact:
Box Office at the Dundas
Nassau, The Bahamas
Monday - Saturday
10am - 4pm
Telephone: 242 393 3728
Telephone: 242 394 7179
Telephone: 242 431 7179
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Contact the Shakespeare in Paradise Business Office at:
Telephone: 242 677 8900
US Telephone: 954 653 4694
Julius Caesar takes centre stage at Shakespeare in Paradise, Sept 30 - Oct 8
Nassau will come alive with the dramatic arts Sept 30 - Oct 8 as the third annual Shakespeare in Paradise Theatre Festival returns!
With five shows, over 10 days and 25 performances, there will be a wonderful diversity of talent, entertainment and enlightenment, featuring Bahamian and international artists.
The Signature Shakespeare performance is Julius Caesar. Now, Hamlet may be Shakespeare's most-quoted work, but Julius Caesar surely has a wider range of well-known quotations, from the standard "it was Greek to me" to Cassius's brilliantly stirring political claim: "honour is the subject of my story."
The Signature Bahamian performance is Dis We Tings 2011, a musical production that seeks to acquaint a new generation of urban Nassauvians with their own history and culture.
SIP welcomes two international productions to the festival this year. Sandra Riley's Mariah Brown tells the story of an African-Bahamian woman who was one of the pioneers to Coconut Grove; and the Grand Valley State University performing troupe Bard To Go, presents Lovestruck, a 50-minute introduction to the works of Shakespeare.
Finally, don't miss Pat Rahming alias Pat Rahming, a mix of his poetry and venerable music that has entered the hearts and minds of countless Bahamians.
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