Posted on 27 February 2014
The Common Ground Ensemble’s A Winter's Tale has been touring Yorkshire throughout February. Audiences from Leeds to Bridlington to Barnard Castle have remarked upon the show’s accessibility, energy and wit in re-imagining Shakespeare's story of cruelty, separation, love and forgiveness for a quartet of performers, speaking sometimes Shakespeare's words and sometimes their own, with live music throughout.
'clear and sharp . . . utterly joyful . . . high-octane comedy . . . original, provocative thinking' York Press
'Fast paced, engaging and very inventive work that keeps everyone enthralled. A Winter's Tale flows beautifully. An absolute joy.' Tabitha Grove (Rural Arts)
'Brilliant . . . you can hear a pin drop all the way through . . . wonderful . . . very accessible . . . tremendous' (click the quote for a soundslide of audience feedback from our opening show at Poppleton Tithe Barn)
‘The quality of acting, music/harmony and especially movement, was impressive. The balance of pure Shakespeare text, current language and dialects along with songs and musical interludes, was superbly delivered. . . The audience were enraptured, in hysterics, focused with attention and engaged with the dialogue.’ Thirsk and Easingwold Advertiser
Since the show’s performances in York have all now almost sold out, we have added a date at the Friargate Theatre on 11 March at 7.30pm. There will be a short Q&A after the show with the cast and Hannah Davies and Tom Cornford, who adapted and directed the show together. They will answer questions about their adaptation of Shakespeare’s play; discuss with the audience their reasons for taking this approach, and talk about the discoveries they have made while touring the show as well as their plans for York’s newest theatre company.
To book tickets, call Riding Lights on 01904 613000 or go to http://ridinglights.org/a-winters-tale/