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Youth And Will: A Portrait Of Shakespeare’s Young Characters… And Us (Zikit)

By | Published on Monday 15 August 2011

Giving Shakespeare a modern makeover can be a little risky; however, ‘Youth and Will’ is something completely different – they fuse universally known plays with private struggles in a modern world. The actors move seamlessly between quoting famous speeches to talking openly about their lives, and it works brilliantly. There is a risk this honesty could make the audience uncomfortable; instead, we are given a moving and rare insight into how these actors don’t just act the part, but feel catharsis as much as the audience. ‘Zikit’ reminds us that “the purpose of playing… is, to hold as ’twere the mirror up to nature” and that we must learn from these ancient patterns of repetition, or go as mad as Ophelia.

C soco, 6 – 10 Aug, 12.00pm (1.00pm), £6.50 – £8.50, fpp314.
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