The Dell

Find out more about the people and the companies that have performed at The Dell, our free open air theatre.  

Amy Young

Amy Young  studies English at the University of Exeter. This summer she is reuniting with the GYP Theatre Company, for whom she has previously played Gregory in Romeo and Juliet, and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, to perform the comedic clown characters Trinculo and Stephano in The Tempest.

Paul Moss

Paul Moss  is the HandleBards tour manager and is in his second year of touring with the company. When he's not on his bike he works as a freelance producer. Paul will be blogging as part of the 2014 Dell season.

Gail Sawyer

Gail Sawyer , founder and Artistic director of the Oxford Actors Company has professionally worked in theatre as an actor, director and teacher. She is directing At War With Love for the company as part of the 2014 Dell season.

A dark and blustery night...

July 29, 2014

On a dark and blustery night, a storm roared throughout the UK, sending booming thunder and numerous bolts of lightning across the land.

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A drunken idiot and a crazed, power-hungry butler

July 24, 2014

We are over half way through the rehearsal process now, and things are starting to get a teeny bit stressful. I've been a part of GYP for over three years, and every year I seem to forget that we have a week and a half to practice a typically two hour Shakespearean masterpiece.

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July 14, 2014

This is a long, painstaking, but very necessary process. Hours and hours are spent on this.

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10 actors, 32 - no, 35 Shakespearean Sonnets! How?

July 10, 2014

So, if each sonnet takes approximately one minute to speak out loud, and we have 10 actors and need a piece that's just under an hour, and we need time for transitions and maybe some physical work, and maybe a couple of group sonnets - that's about three per actor. Give or take a few.

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'There's a shipwreck, and on an island stuff goes down'

July 8, 2014

It's that time of year again – crack out the Early Modern English and the orange highlighter pen, it's the 2014 season of the Gloucestershire Youth Players (GYP).

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HandleBards on tour

June 25, 2014
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We're two weeks into our three month tour, and we've already cycled over 350 miles. In a few days' time we'll be reaching The Dell, with four bikes, two trailers and all the props and costumes we need to perform Macbeth and The Comedy of Errors.

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Ten actors, 32 Shakespearean Sonnets. Why?

June 18, 2014
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We needed a piece to work on that would give these young actors a chance to explore Shakespeare, to find themselves in his rich and complex language. But this had to be worked around A level exam prep, jobs, holidays and a million other commitments.

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