Rose Company Theatre filmed Jane Lumley's Iphigenia at Aulis in September 2014 and once the editing is completed this will be available for sale. Here is a preview of the interview where Clytemnestra confronts her husband Agamemnon, telling him she knows that he plans to sacrifice their daughter Iphigenia rather than marry her to Achilles, as he had pretended.
The Rose Company presents a compilation of texts by Shakespeare reflecting on the power of language:
Well, it's just under 2 weeks to opening night, and so, like any good director, I am not so much thinking at this stage as existing in a state of blind panic! There is so much to do and, as always, the mountain to climb seems daunting. This show is one of the most logistically complicated I have ever undertaken - 16 female performers, playing 59 male and female roles (not to mention the non-speaking roles) in eleven main scenes taken from a range of Shakespeare's plays Still, I am regularly ticking things off my "to do" list and, together with my talented cast, we are certainly making the right kind of progress.
I am really enjoying watching the production gently mature in rehearsal, getting ready for an audience. Highlights from the rehearsal room this week have been: adding a basic pavane to an argument between Beatrice and Benedict from Much Ado; finding the relationship between Kent and Lear that allows Kent to speak so bluntly and passionately to Lear; and deciding on a cheeky costume addition, which makes the most of the cross-dressing of Julia from Two Gentlemen of Verona.
I can't wait to get into our actual venue to rehearse - we get in next weekend. We're performing in A-wing at Lancaster Castle - part of the ex-prison - and an area of the castle not normally open to the public - an extra treat, then, for our audiences! It's a 3 storey space with cells on both sides (one of them reputed to be haunted!) and, as a major focus of our show is the importance of speech, I am looking forward to getting some voices to come from surprising places.
Tickets are available from the link below. The show is March 14th and 15th at 8pm. Hope to see you there! (And watch this space for some thoughts from various cast members over the next few days and some rehearsal images.)
We've just celebrated our first birthday, and the past year has been great fun. During the past 12 months we've performed in theatres, universities and a castle (one with turrets, dungeons and a portcullis!). We've met some fantastic people, made plenty of new friends, featured on BBC Radio Lancashire and BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour, and had the honour of being one of Diva magazine's 'Top 10 Lez/Bi Things to Do This Week'. We were thrilled by the wonderful response we've received for 'Iphigenia'- and now we've started working on our second project ...
The Rose Company's production of Lady Jane Lumley's 'Iphigenia' was first performed as a work in progress at The Minghella Theatre, Reading University, 9 July 2013. The show was directed by Emma Rucastle. The cast was as follows:
Agamemnon Ruth Gregson
Senex/ Nuntio Alison Findlay
Clytemnestra/Menelaus Aliki Chapple
Iphigenia Madie Howard
Achilles Elle Lund
Chorus/ Lumley Emma Rucastle
Agamemnon Ruth Gregson
Senex Alison Findlay
Menelaus Helen Katamba
Clytemnestra Aliki Chapple
Iphigenia Catherine Bateman
Achilles Elle Lund
Nuntio 1 Marian Cox
Nuntio 2 Christine Burn
Chorus Christine Burn
The music used in the production, the Seikilos Epitaph, is the oldest known pieces of musical composition as we know it. Our version, performed live by the cast, has lyrics translated from the original Greek by Aliki Chapple:
Beth CorteseDirector Emma Rucastle
Dramaturg Alison FindlayProducer Ruth Gregson
Vocal Coach Marion Middleditch
Props and Costume Aliki Chapple
Graphic Design Harold Saxon
We're so pleased with the response to Jane Lumley's Iphigenia, we'll be touring again in 2014.
You can still hear some performance extracts and Alison and Emma talking about the play on Woman's Hour, right at the end of the programme.
Phone: 01772 499 425
We had a fantastic time on our mini-Iphigenia tour - Lancaster Castle, November 19-21; Homerton College, Cambridge, November 23; UCL, London, November 24. Thanks to all who came to see us and/or who supported us in any way. We are looking forward to our next set of dates in January: King's Arms,Salford, Sunday January 12th; The Continental Theatre, Preston Thursday January 16th, Lancaster Castle (we're back there by popular demand!) Friday January 17th; The Lantern Theatre, Liverpool, Sunday January 18th.
Here are some photos from the dates so far performed:
We really hope to see you at our January shows. Do get in touch with us via email if you have any questions/comments - firstname.lastname@example.org.A link to the King's Arms, Salford, where tickets can be reserved for January 12th can be found by by following this link: Reserve tickets here. Full details of how to reserve tickets for other venues will appear very soon.
You can't have a Greek tragedy - not even an Early Modern one - without a Chorus, and ours is something special. (Rehearsal photo by Emma Rucastle)
Director Emma Rucastle and Professor Alison Findlay (who edited the performance script and plays Senex) were interviewed on Woman's Hour on 29th November. You can hear the interview (36 minutes into the programme) by following this link )
Flyer for The Rose Company by Harry Saxon. http://about.me/harryasaphsaxon