The Merchant of Venice – April 2006

7 & 8 April 2006

by William Shakespeare

Link to cast & production team

Link to photo gallery

Staged reading in Cabaret Style

After failing to cast a full scale performance of the play the Troupe agreed to John Marwick’s proposal to present a two-night run of a staged reading.  Unusually, the performance was presented in cabaret style using raised rostra on the floor of the hall while the audience sat at tables.  Florence Mcfarlane and Fran Baldock, as Salanio and Salarino (or was it the other way round!) sang brief jazz classics between scenes to Bill Wollerman’s piano accompaniment.

The production was very well-received. Jerry Duckor was outstanding as Shylock.

Cast & Production Team

 

CAST
Salanio Fran Baldock
Jessica Amber Baldock
Bassanio Ashley Bloomfield
Gratiano Will Clannachan
Shylock Jerry Duckor
Duchess Sandra Gillespie
Morocco & Tubal Michael  McDonald
Nerissa Anne Manchester
Antonio John Marwick
Salarino Florence McFarlane
Lorenzo Dan  Milward
Portia Holly Robinson
CREW
Director John Marwick
Stage manager Kate Booth
Costumes Carol Thompson
Assistant Julie  Duckor
Technical help Peter Baldock
Lights Trevor  Rose
FOH Yvonne Gray
FOH Janis Caddy
Set Bruce  Caddy
Props Julia Stuart

 

Photo Gallery

Anne Manchester (Nerissa) and Holly Robinson (Portia)

Anne Manchester (Nerissa) and Holly Robinson (Portia)

Florence McFarlane (Salarino), John Marwick (Antonio), Frand Baldock (Solanio)

Florence McFarlane (Salarino), John Marwick (Antonio), Frand Baldock (Solanio)

Amber Baldock (Jessica) & Dan Milward (Lorenzo)

Amber Baldock (Jessica) & Dan Milward (Lorenzo)

Shylock (Jerry Duckor) about to take his pound of flesh

Shylock (Jerry Duckor) about to take his pound of flesh

"Then must the Jew show mercy"

"Then must the Jew show mercy"

Tubal (Michael McDonald) speaks to Shylock

Tubal (Michael McDonald) speaks to Shylock

Bassanio (Asley Bloomfield) and Portia

Bassanio (Asley Bloomfield) and Portia

Morocco (Michael McDonald) surveys Portia with Nerissa looking on

Morocco (Michael McDonald) surveys Portia with Nerissa looking on

Shylock appears in court before the Duchess (Sandra Gillespie)

Shylock appears in court before the Duchess (Sandra Gillespie)

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