Shakespeare comes to Cayman for one night

| 26/09/2019
Cayman News Services
Comedy of Errors cast members

(CNS Local Life): Theatre lovers have a rare opportunity to enjoy a live Shakespeare play on Tuesday, 1 October, when students from the University of Cambridge take to the boards of the Harquail Studio theatre with a production of The Comedy of Errors. This one-night show, produced by a group of 17 actors, directors and technicians, known as CAST, is coming to Cayman as part of an annual tour of the east coast of America.

“Our Comedy of Errors brings out all the fun in this famous play. It’s designed to be accessible and engaging to audience members of all ages,” said Laura Cameron, one of CAST’s managers.

The show starts at 6pm at the Harquail Studio. It will be free to students but adults will be asked for a donation.

“We are really hoping to get a good turn-out by students doing GCSE and CXC English courses, as well as those doing English A Level (or equivalent) and the humanities,” noted local coordinator Eliza Harford. “We have made the evening free to all in full-time education, so cost will be no bar to attending. This is a fantastic opportunity to see a live performance by highly accomplished young actors.”

CAST is a Cambridge University not-for-profit society, established in 1999 under the patronage of renowned British actress, Dame Judi Dench, who set up CAST with the aim of taking a Shakespeare production every year around the east coast of America. This will be the fourth year that CAST has concluded its US trip in the Cayman Islands. 

In addition to staging The Comedy of Errors, CAST will be running drama workshops on Monday 30 September, Tuesday 1 October and Wednesday 3 October for students at John Gray, Clifton Hunter, Cayman Brac and Cayman Prep high schools. These workshops have been tailor-made by CAST’s education officer to meet each school’s specific requirements.

“Given that Cambridge is one of the world’s top universities, we trust Cayman students will be inspired by the CAST undergraduates’ drive and ambition, and their drama teaching,” noted Harford.     

“We are so looking forward to coming to Cayman, performing and meeting local children through the workshops,” Cameron said. “Our education officer last year reported that Cayman had by far the most interesting range of education work, and we had great feedback from schools as well.”

Coordinating the CAST arrangements are Nicki Samuels at the Department of Education Servies and Clive Baker at the Ministry of Education. Generous sponsors of the CAST visit are Cayman citizens Henry Harford, Gus and Kim Pope, Andrew and Jane Moon, Andrew and Felix Jones, and Tim Ridley.


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