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.
“I really liked the enthusiasm of the actors, the fact that the audience was involved and the way the play debates our thoughts and opinions about our society because it helps us to understand and develop the world around us without any injustice.”
Year 10, Our Lady’s Convent High School, Hackney
Adapted by Michael Wicherek; Directed by Iqbal Khan; Enrico Aurigemma (composer); Florence Hazard (design); Riad Ritchie (actor); Jack Blakey (musician)
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