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Pop-up open air venue for Shakespeare double bill

Monday, 21 May, 2012

The Faction, winners of the Peter Brook Equity Ensemble Award 2011, are creating a pop-up open air venue in Brockwell Park near Brixton to present a new production of Othello and a revival of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The Faction has taken over the copse in Brockwell Park to create an improvised auditorium underneath a canopy of trees – perfect for enjoying the summer evenings with a hamper of food, a picnic rug and a high quality Shakespearean production – or two.

Shakespeare’s enthralling tragedy of jealousy, prejudice and betrayal, Othello, is the first production to be directed by The Faction’s Associate Director Rachel Valentine-Smith. Nana Amoo-Gottfried and Elizabeth Twells make their debuts with the company as Othello and Desdemona.

The same company are cross-cast in Shakespeare’s comedy masterpiece A Midsummer Night’s Dream which closed its UK tour last year at the Theatre Royal Bath. Kate Sawyer recreates her critically acclaimed performance as Helena alongside Derval Mellett (Hippolyta / Titania) and Jonathan Plummer (Bottom / Egeus). The production is directed by The Faction’s Artistic Director Mark Leipacher.

The Faction is an ensemble interpreting classical texts with a contemporary aesthetic to engage and excite local, national and international audiences, building a permanent ensemble with a rolling repertoire.

For further information visit www.thefaction.org.uk

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