The Rose Playhouse, Bankside presents Winter’s Rages Shakespeare in speech and song. Adapted and Directed by Sophie Kochanowska.
Shakespeare fragments are fused with new material and classical song in this devised theatre piece for actress, soprano & piano which explores the blistering power of the human voice. The intimate stage of The Rose Playhouse with its cavernous backdrop and brooding expanse of water covering the remains of the original Elizabethan theatre provides the ideal setting for this work of stark contrasts in which characters play before the audience as apparitions of a fevered dream.
The piece takes each performer out of their traditional role encouraging a new level of engagement with these timeless scenes and illuminating the myriad differing approaches not only to interpreting Shakespeare, but to performing in general. These interpretations are added to and enriched by the music of Quilter, Warlock, Finzi, Strauss & Gounod performed live, as well as by Verdi & Adès incorporated into ambitious original sound design by Chris Bartholomew.
The Rose Playhouse, Bankside’s first theatre, 1587. The Rose is an indoor archaeological site, it is advisable to dress with an extra layer as there is no heating. There are also no toilets so please use Shakespeare’s Globe just a few hundred metres away.
Sophie Kochanowska – Sophie trained as a classical soprano at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and has performed in venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Barbican Centre and Cheltenham Festival. She appears regularly in opera and recital in the UK and internationally.
Blioux Kirkby – Blioux trained at ArtsEd having been awarded a scholarship at the age of 17. Her work includes several productions for Secret Cinema.
Hannah Yip – Hannah trained at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama where she studied piano with Joan Havill, Caroline Palmer and Martin Roscoe. She is currently reading for a Master of Studies in Literature and Arts at Exeter College, whilst maintaining a busy UK-wide performing schedule as a soloist and chamber musician.
Running time will be approximately 80 minutes, with no interval.
The Rose Playhouse, Bankside
56 Park Street, London, SE1 9AR
Dates and Times: Tuesday 2nd to Sunday 14th December 2014
Tuesday to Saturday 7.30pm / Sunday matinee on 14th at 3pm only
No perfomances on Sunday 7th or Monday 8th
Ticket Prices: £12 / Concessions £10. Southwark residents £9 (with proof of address)
Box Office: 020 7261 9565 or firstname.lastname@example.org www.roseplayhouse.org.uk
Tuesday 25th November 2014