SASKATOOON – Local twists on timeless plays are bound to entertain theatre-goers this summer as the curtain is set to rise for Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan. Othello and Much Ado About Nothing are this years’ chosen plays.
They are being produced in partnership with the Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company and with local audiences in mind. The plays deviate slightly from Shakespeare’s original scripts.
“We have a tradition here at Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan of updating and setting them in different settings,” said artistic director Will Brooks.
“Othello, we’ve taken a little bit further this year. We’ve translated portions of the text into Cree. Audiences don’t need to worry, they’ll still be able to follow the story no problem.”
“It’s wonderful to hear the Cree translations in the thing.”
The artistic choices made during production are intentional and use Shakespeare’s plays to creatively address issues that exist in Saskatoon.
It is hoped that the text changes will make Shakespeare’s themes relevant as well as start conversations among audiences members.
Along with regular performances between July 8 and Aug. 23, there are also performances dates set aside for a medieval feast, a pizza night and a Sunday afternoon tea.
April Johnson contributed to this story