Midsummer Mischief Festival


Today we have announced further details of our forthcoming festival Midsummer Mischief, inspired by the original ethos and spirit of The Other Place under the leadership of Buzz Goodbody, and will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the original building in 1974.

Led by our Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman who along with director Jo McInnes will direct four new plays written by Alice Birch, E. V. CroweTimberlake Wertenbaker and Abi Zakarian. Each play responds to the provocation that 'well behaved women seldom make history', to complement the Roaring Girls season in the Swan Theatre. The plays, which run over Midsummer including what would have been Buzz's birthday on 25 June, are presented in two programmes in a purpose-built temporary studio on the current Courtyard Theatre stage and will be performed in repertoire from 14 June – 12 July 2014:

PROGRAMME A: Directed by Erica Whyman

PROGRAMME B: Directed by Jo McInnes

Throughout the festival a free exhibition will be open exploring the fascinating and influential work of Buzz Goodbody, the RSC's first female theatre director and the lead figure in establishing The Other Place as the first studio theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Midsummer Sundae on 22 June, 12pm – 5pm, will provide free activities and workshops for families in the RSC theatre gardens, Stratford-upon-Avon. Festival goers can take part in theatre skills workshops, get creative with crafts and feast on a fudge sundae. The Dell stage will feature live music by local musicians and performances of poetry, theatre and dance.

Further details of Midsummer Sundae, The Other Place exhibition and additional festival events will be announced at the end of April.


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