The Show Must Go On!
- October 30th, 2016
- in Lifestyle
Arguably, one of the last activities expected while living in the Caribbean is the pleasure of theatre – live performances are usually associated with ‘big city life’ and yet, BVI Theatre Series has enjoyed an avid audience since its inception.
Nadia Menezes, a volunteer with the BVI Theatre Series pioneered this activity for the Territory in 2013. Pursuing the desire to present UK’s National Theatre for BVI residents who relish such cultural diversions, her accomplishment has witnessed increasing popularity since its establishment.
“Recognising that there weren’t many options for live theatre, I’d thought ‘why not bring these productions to the BVI?’ said Nadia, explaining the introduction of this innovative step. “Luckily the National Theatre has an outreach programme to make theatre more accessible to a broader audience…they professionally record plays performed on stage and broadcast them to thousands of locations around the world.”
Exhibited at HLSCC and well-received by the BVI community, this year witnesses a line-up of six new cinematically-filmed plays comprised of famous actors and actresses of the highest calibre:
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Saturday 29 October 2016 at 7pm – One Man, Two Guvnors by Richard Bean
Featuring a Tony Award-winning performance from host of the The Late Late Show, James Corden, One Man, Two Guvnors was a runaway hit both in London’s West End and on Broadway, telling the story of Francis Henshall who becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood…
Saturday 3 December 2016 at 7pm – Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Christopher Hampton
Les Liaisons Dangereuses is a highly anticipated new production about former lovers, the Marquise de Merteuil and Vicomte de Valmont competing in games of seduction and revenge in this intriguing plot…
Saturday 28 January 2016 at 7pm – The Deep Blue Sea by Terrence Rattigan
Helen McCrory returns to the National Theatre in Terence Rattigan’s devastating masterpiece, playing one of the greatest female roles in contemporary drama set in a flat in Ladbroke Grove, West London, 1952. When protagonist Hester Collyer is found by her neighbours in the aftermath of a failed suicide attempt, the story of her affair with a former RAF pilot and the breakdown of her marriage to a High Court judge begin to emerge…
Saturday 25 February 2016 at 7pm – The Threepenny Opera – a musical
Rory Kinnear is Mack the Knife in a new version of this landmark twentieth-century musical, broadcast live from the stage of the National Theatre. The story takes the audience to a time as London’s East End scrubs up for the coronation; Mr and Mrs Peachum gear up for a ‘bumper day’ in the beggary business.
Saturday 25 March 2016 at 7pm – No Man’s Land by Harold Pinter
Following their hit run on Broadway, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart return to the West End stage in Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land, about two ageing writers who meet, drink, and as they become increasingly inebriated so their stories become increasingly incredulous. Their conversation morphs into a clear power game…
Saturday 29 April 2016 at 7pm- Amadeus by Peter Shaffer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives in Vienna, the music capital of the world – and he’s determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy his name. Seized by obsessive jealousy, he begins a war with Mozart, with music, and ultimately, with God.
With a popular response last season, Nadia is confident that the 2016/17 line up will be even more enjoyable for both long term theatre fans and converts.
“We are of course still grateful for the continued support of Appleby as one of the community sponsors for the event and of HLSCC,” said Nadia. “Thanks of course to the various businesses that act as ticket outlets and the number of people and organisations who all contribute to the success of the BVI Theatre Series, assisting with the logistical actions needed for such a complex endeavour, and to the various charitable organisations who provide refreshments at intermission to raise funds for their projects.”