Linlithgow Players’ dramatic offering

Linlithgow Players in rehearsal for a previous production.
Linlithgow Players in rehearsal for a previous production.
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Linlithgow Players have been chosen to work in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company and Dundee Rep. Theatre.

The RSC Open Stages Project seeks to support amateur theatre groups in producing a Shakespeare or Shakespeare related play.

Groups were set the challenge to propose an innovative project and with only seven groups in Scotland making the grade, Linlithgow Players are pleased that their hard work and creativity has been recognised.

“We had to consider the brief set by the RSC for the production to follow their aim of being inquiring, ambitious, collaborative and engaging,’’ said a Players’ spokeswoman.

‘‘We did this by proposing to devise a new piece of theatre based on Shakespeare’s most popular comedy ‘‘Twelfth Night’’.

Our version, given the alternative title of “What you Will” will be set in modern day “Scotia”.

While some characters retain the original Shakespearean language, the majority of the dialogue will be modernised and a range of British and European accents will be used too. The characters and themes however will stay true to the original.’’

The involvement of the RSC and their mentor from the Dundee Rep. has already brought great opportunities for the cast and production team.

They have attended skills workshops run by the RSC. They will continue to work with their mentor in the lead up to the production which will take place in April 2015.