A top professional theatre
director who lives in Brightwell-cum-Sotwell will be at the helm of Sinodun
Players' production of Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz
and Guildenstern are Dead at Wallingford's Corn Exchange this month.
Lucy Pitman-Wallace, whose work
includes high profile productions with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the
National Theatre, now promises an innovative re-telling of Tom Stoppard's
absurdist tragi-comedy featuring two minor characters from Shakespeare's Hamlet.
As a director, Ms Pitman-Wallace has
worked extensively with top theatre companies in the UK and abroad. This will
be the first time she has worked with the Wallingford drama group and she is
looking forward to the experience.
She says: ‘I have known about the
Sinodun Players and the Corn Exchange theatre since I moved to the Wallingford
area. Their reputation as an excellent amateur group, fuelled my desire to work
with them in their beautiful refurbished theatre. I am enjoying working with
this professionally run group.’
Ms Pitman Wallace will be bringing
a wealth of experience to the Corn Exchange. In a career spanning more than 20
years, she has directed highly regarded professional productions at venues all
over Britain and abroad, picking up numerous 'best director' awards in the
Stoppard's play focuses on the
misadventures and offstage musings of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two minor
characters in Shakespeare's Hamlet.
Using Stoppard's witty and droll dialogue, the duo voice their confusion about
their roles in the story of Hamlet
which, from their perspective, are largely nonsensical and comical.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
was first performed at the Edinburgh Festival in 1967. It made the reputation
of its young author Tom Stoppard. It explores a world where nothing makes sense
for the protaganists Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Ms Pitman-Wallace says: “I see it as a philosophical musing on the
nature of being whilst remaining a comedy. Ever since I assisted on a
production at the National I have wanted to do my own version.”
Producer Gloria Wright is very
enthusiastic about the production and working with a professional director. She says:
"It was 40 years ago that we opened the Corn Exchange as a theatre
and since then we have worked hard to build the reputation of the Sinodun
Players as a centre for excellence in South Oxfordshire. Working with Lucy is giving us the opportunity to gain valuable
insights into the world of professional theatre and push ourselves to the next
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead takes place at Corn Exchange,
Market Place, Wallingford, OX10 0EG on 23-26 May at 7.45pm. Tickets at £10 are
available from www.cornexchange.org.uk, or phone 01491 825000, or on the door.
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