The Merchant Project

Summer 2017 saw the our new production of The Merchant of Venice undergo  three days of script development at Oxford High School with director Iqbal Khan, actor Lloyd Thomas, musician Enrico Aurigemma and our Artistic Director, Michael Wicherek. The residency provided internships for Sixth Form pupils in directing, acting and music, as well as opportunities for classes to see and take part in the creative process .

“Seeing Box Clever was one of the most awesome things I’ve ever done and I cannot stop talking about it.  The use of the interaction and boundaries between the actor and audience was so clever and fascinating. I was literally buzzing when I came out and think that I want to be a director now!” 

Student intern, Oxford High School

The autumn term sees the launch of the Project as five schools in East London host a performance followed by members of the company leading students from the schools in writing workshops focusing on the themes of the play. The work will culminate in a Symposium in November at which representatives from each of the schools will share and discuss their creative writing.

Partner Schools

East London Science School, Langdon Academy and St Bonaventure’s, Newham; Our Lady’s Convent High School, Hackney and Bow School, Tower Hamlets.




The Merchant of Venice

Ideally suited for Years 9, 10 or 11
Performance length: 60 minutes
Audience number: approximately 150
Venue: ideally school hall with the audience on three sides

Two performers present a clever adaptation that fuses classical text with modern language. Box Clever’s inimitably energetic style will challenge the audience to keep with the pace but then to hold back the tears when the full impact of the story takes hold. The adapter Michael Wicherek masterfully proves that the events and issues still resonate 400 years after Shakespeare as the play speaks to each new generation.


Creative team

Adapted by Michael Wicherek; Directed by Iqbal Khan; Enrico Aurigemma (composer); Florence Hazard (design); Riad Ritchie (actor); Jack Blakey (musician)

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