We’re very pleased to announce that our show for 2019 will be another first for SMP as we will stage an ambitious promenade performance through Bury Lodge Park of one of Shakespeares most popular plays, Much Ado About Nothing.
What’s a promenade performance? We hear you ask. Well, we’ll tell you;
We plan to produce an immersive, intimate and personal performance. As our audience arrive they become part of the ensemble and as the story flows they move through the park as one of Leonato’s, our play’s hosts, guests.
Our production will be unique to each audience member as they choose how they view the performance. The show will be free flowing, natural and organic with little or no barrier between cast and audience instead of a traditional audience and cast divide.
There will be no fourth wall, the audience will be guided toward the action, some of which will take part amongst them some which is more classically staged but the audience are free to move and view the performance however they choose. The abridged version of the play will contain music and dancing and promises to be a unique experience.
Intrigued? We hope so!
The show is being produced by Warren McWilliams and will be directed by David Bowman. We’ll confirm more of the production team shortly.
Our introuduction night and auditions will take place in early February 2019 (details tbc) and the show will be staged in the beautiful surroundings of Bury Lodge Park from the 5th-8th June 2019.
Due to the nature of the performance audience numbers will be limited per show so you’re advised to book early once we announce that our box office opens.
Our introduction night for the show will take place on the 4th of Feb – You can find the FACEBOOK EVENT here.