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Arts / Youth theatre to celebrate 25th anniversary with Shakespeare play

YOUNG people aged between 11 and 25 are being encouraged to take part in a production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest this summer as Shetland Youth Theatre celebrates its 25th anniversary.

Shetland Youth Theatre.

Rehearsals for the play will take place at the Garrison Theatre in Lerwick from June, with show due to be performed in August at Mareel.

It promises to be a “full-blown multimedia Shakespeare production”.

Director John Haswell said: “For me Shakespeare has always belonged on the stage rather than in the classroom.

“I find it amazing how many people of all ages can come out of a great performance of a Shakespeare show and say ‘I really got it’.

“It is my fervent hope that this production will feature a large cast, including those who have never been involved with Shetland Youth Theatre before, and that both they and the audience will ‘really get it’. Shakespeare is for everyone.”

Over the last 25 years Shetland Youth Theatre has hosted productions locally and also in cities like Inverness, Edinburgh, London, Helsinki, Berlin and Copenhagen.

It also previously put on full Shakespearian productions of Macbeth in Scalloway and A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Walls.

Places on The Tempest can be booked in person at Mareel, by phone on 01595 745500, or online at www.shetlandarts.org.

The play is “set on a remote island of full of lovers, villains, fools and outcasts” and deals with issues like betrayal, love, redemption, forgiveness and power.

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