Shakespeare at the Eastgate

Shakespeare Revue

Shakespeare’s Canon

Gentlemen of the Shade

Friday 26th and Saturday 27th March 2004

Written by Douglas Roberts, Ian McFadyen, Fiona and Richard Forsyth


Shakespeare’s Canon

Part 1 included “Shakespeare’s Canon”, written by local teacher and writer Douglas Roberts. A frantic romp through the best of the Bard, the show was presented by the group’s youngsters. This was followed by Shakespearean heroines performing soliloquies from Shakespeare, as well as thoughts as imagined by local poet, Ian McFadyen.

Shakespeare's Canon: young king

Gentlemen of the Shade

Part 2 was a production called “Gentlemen of the Shade”, created especially for the revue by Richard and Fiona Forsyth. An adaptation of Henry IV Parts 1 & 2, it featured additional material from Richard II and Henry V. The play focused on the story of Falstaff and asked serious questions about the nature of honour, authority and the relationships between women and men.

Gentleman of The Shade