Abercrombie House halfway to the accommodation of Shakespeares The Tempest | Western lawyer


Just as their families couldn’t stop Romeo and Juliet, the rainy weather and COVID couldn’t prevent the opening night of Shakespeare In The Garden at Abercrombie House. This was the ninth time that Abercrombie House and the Bathurst Shakespeare Players have teamed up to present a re-enactment of a Shakespeare play, which this year was The Tempest. Abercrombie House owner and theater producer Christopher Morgan called the opening night a success despite the weather. “We moved it to the ballroom because of the weather and it was a huge success,” Morgan said. “As a producer my observation would be that this kind of Shakespeare production is really intimate, really grounded and the level of performance is superb and it was an absolute triumph on opening night.” The cast of around 20 was selected just before the Bathurst lockdown, so the cast had to work really hard to rehearse on Zoom. Mr Morgan thanked production manager Brett Van Heekeren and the cast for their dedication to bringing the show together under difficult circumstances. “… a lot of rehearsals started on Zoom, and then they had to really put them together quickly at the end,” Morgan said. “They did a wonderful job. In fact, the Zoom rehearsals maybe helped this piece in a weird way because everyone really mastered their characters brilliantly.” The play also featured Junior Shakespeares, a group of Bathurst children learning to be Shakespearean actors, and the Vox Choir of the Mitchel Conservatorium of Music. The music was also completely original, written by Michelle Griffin especially for the production. Mr Morgan said Shakespeare’s shows have “all been fantastic” and continue to attract full audiences. There are three other shows that will take place from Thursday, December 2 to Saturday, December 4. Our journalists work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can access our trusted content:



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