The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 28.220 Friday, 28 July 2017
Date: July 26, 2017 at 6:20:47 PM EDT
Subject: Shakespeare Inspired Project
Our upcoming performances at the Edinburgh Fringe this summer heavily focus on the modern relevance of Shakespeare in exploring the fascination with human nature and we feel this would perfectly fit in with your publication. Please have a look at the below information and consider helping our project in any way you can.
The downfall of Oscar Pistorius is becoming a Shakespearean tragedy at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017.
University of St Andrews student drama group, Mermaids, to put on controversial play that ‘Shakespeare-ifies’ one of the biggest scandals of recent history.
Written in Shakespeare’s English and intricate poetic metre, new play, Pistorius: A Shakespearean Tragedy, likens the most famous tragic heroes of literature to the world’s fastest double-amputee turned accused murderer.
Uncovering the truth of Pistorius’s own issues with his father, fragility, and violent temper, the most recently acclaimed play of the drama society of Scotland’s oldest university performs the Olympian’s descent as a reminder of our own historic appetite for a fallen hero.
‘a beautiful script … a capable mimicry of Shakespeare’s methodical manipulation of the English language to bring out the relatable in un-relatable situations’ – Owl Eyes
After Pistorius’s anxieties begin to unravel in the wake of the 2012 London Olympics, the sudden slaughter of his fiancé, Reeva Steenkamp, sets into motion a fierce family feud and courtroom battle. From a talented, international student cast, the play’s portrayals of the Pistorius and Steenkamp families capture the Shakespearean insight into the human nature of this world-famous scandal.
‘the cast is tight, charismatic, composed, and ready to thrust audiences deep into the cruel depths of death and courtroom suspense’ – The Tribe
Pistorius: A Shakespearean Tragedy explores Shakespearean characters’ most famous flaws in the real, reported life of Oscar Pistorius. Following the Bard’s distinctive styling of capturing the fall of those we place highest, it finds in Pistorius the father issues of Hamlet with his own estranged dad, Henke Pistorius, the hunger for fame and success of Macbeth in his own athletic world, and the jealous lust to kill of Othello.
The theatre of the Fringe provides the perfect platform to explore these continuing themes that have captured audiences for centuries. The play looks to highlight the now 400-year-old fascination with human nature that created the media storm surrounding the case of Pistorius.
Producer and Co Press-Coordinator of Pistorius: A Shakespeare Tragedy.
Pistorius: A Shakespearean Tragedy
Venue: Ivy Studio, Greenside Venues (Venue 236) @ Infirmary Street
Dates: 14th-19th, 21st-26th August
Time: 7:30 (1h)
Box Office: 0131 618 6968