'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).
This is my third year with GYP, and every year I come back it feels like I've barely been gone. Sure sometimes the faces are different, and the play is a new every year (although always by the wonderful Bard himself), the sense of family is always there. Albeit a slightly, wonderfully quirky family.
For our 2014 show we're performing The Tempest. I have to be honest, I'd never really read The Tempest before now. If you asked me what the plot was back in January before our introductory workshop, I would have said: 'There's a shipwreck, and on an island stuff goes down.' Luckily the Bard is a much better poetic lyricist than I am.
Instead, I am portraying Trinculo and Stephano, the two clowns of this later Shakespearean work. You may be wondering how I am playing two characters who share every scene that they are in, but you will just have to come to the Dell on either the 26 or 27 July and see for yourself. Or look on our website www.gyptheatre.org, as it's also on there too. I was trying to be slightly cryptic, but when you need to help advertise a show, that's not always the best strategy.
I must now leave you temporarily in the very capable blogging hands of two of my fellow cast mates. Next time I post, hopefully I will be able to sign off with a quote from my characters without having to look at my script to check.
'Misery acquaints a man with strange bed-fellows'– Trinculo, The Tempest
by Amy Young
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