The Studio Production Company made history this week by performing the first Shakespeare play at the newly refurbished Guildhall in Tavistock. As one of the earliest examples in the country of a purpose-built combined courtroom and police station, it was the perfect venue for The Merchant of Venice, and the young cast was superb. Alfred characterised Shylock as both menacing and vulnerable, whilst Grace and Lily presented Portia and Nerissa’s words with passion and humour. Zak, Harvey, Harry, Adejola, Poppy, Rowena, Eleanora and Ella, all rose to the challenge of capturing the essence of Elizabethan attitudes and concerns in their roles, delivering an unforgettable performance of Shakespeare’s most controversial play.
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