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Lon, the director, wanted everyone to explore some different production methods, so instead of being on the stage, this performance was done in 'promenade' style: which means it was performed in a number of places on the hall floor, and the audience had to move around to see the different locations.

Because the play ends up with a play-within-a-play, to illustrate that that's what's going on, we put this part of the performance up on to the real stage, with lighting etc. but the rest of it was all on the hall floor.

While the choice of play stretched everyone in the group, some really made an extra effort and learned their lines, whereas others in the company still had their scripts during the performance. But this was a showcase production, to demonstrate to parents what we had been working on through the months, so each performer was able to bring to it what they could.
The production benefitted enormously from the artistic and creative input of Laizan Fung who helped us dress the set. This was her last contribution for the company before heading off to do a stage management and prop making course at Guildhall School in London. We were so proud of what she achieved and were very grateful for her time with the company.
We were very grateful that key member of the main group Chris Powell came and helped us with the fight scene.
We called the area at the back of the hall where the cast sat when they weren't in a scene 'the den'.
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About the show  
Dates 22nd June 2010
Venue Roath Church House, Cardiff
Director Lon David
Choreographer n/a
Musical director n/a
Producer Jane Donoghue
Special facts

This was a production by our younger group, for 8-13 year olds, the Unknown YoYos.

Having spent several months of working on improvisation and characterisation, with so many older members of the group, it was decided to try to give them all a real challenge - so we settled on Shakespeare!

This version of the play used real Shakesperean language, but was cut right back to give just the story line, leaving out much of the extra imagery and description.

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