The Tempest: soggy Shakespearians soldier on
Wednesday evening was a balmy summer evening here in Leicester. Bats flitted around the edge of Victoria Park as a shirt-sleeved audience made their way home from De Montfort Hall. In front of the David Wilson Library, another audience enjoyed a cracking outdoor performance of Hamlet featuring some clever usage of the Podium architecture for the grave-digging scene. Wonderful stuff.
A couple of hours later it Chucked It Down.
Undaunted, our determined thespians transplanted to the foyer of the Attenborough Seminar Block and continued through Troilus and Cressida, All’s Well That Ends Well, Measure for Measure and assorted sonnets.
They are now performing Othello, intermittently ducking into the Library Café when the heavy showers appear. It’s a heavyweight programme today and no mistake with King Lear, Macbeth, Anthony and Cleopatra and Coriolanus, then through the night with Timon of Athens, Pericles and Cymbelline.
Please show your appreciation of the team’s dedication by donating online to our Cardiovascular Research Centre Appeal, or just dropping a few coins into the collecting bucket by the performance area. They’ve been going for more than 72 hours now, and every penny raised renews their fortitude to make it to the end.
Yesterday saw the average age of the performers dip considerably with a guest appearance by Thomas Simpson, eight-year-old son of staff from our Department of Geology and Marketing Communications Office. Thomas joined the cast of Julius Caesar to play Lucius, boy-servant of Brutus, and gave a fine performance which was enjoyed by audience and actors alike.
Thomas has his own Justgiving page and has already raised nearly £50 for the CRC appeal. In recognition of this sterling work, his father Mike will cycle two miles to the University at midnight tonight, in full pirate costume (and possibly in the pouring rain) to play the challenging role of ‘First Pirate’ in Pericles – all two words of it.