Saturday, August 01, 2009

Bell Shakespeare presents

In Association with TaikOz
By William Shakespeare
Directed by John Bell
With Marcus Graham & John Gaden

A man reels from loss to loss, enduring 14 years of calamity. Yet he comes through ‘assail'd with fortune fierce and keen…Led on by heaven, and crown'd with joy at last’

Marcus Graham, one of Australia’s most charismatic actors, returns to the Bell Shakespeare stage as Pericles, the man at the mercy of fate. He has discovered a sordid secret involving his bride-to-be and her father, the King. Assassins are unleashed. Pericles is pursued into exile where he will be battered by the winds of misfortune, finding love and family, only to lose both. He will be shipwrecked, encounter pirates, pimps, people brought back from the dead…

Bell Shakespeare is joined by the sensational Australian taiko drumming ensemble TaikOz, enhancing the play’s inherent spirituality and mystical energy.

With a sublime cast that includes John Gaden as the Storyteller, director John Bell brings this notoriously ambitious work to the stage as a physical, fast-paced, adult fairytale, right when its message is needed most.

A beacon for uncertain times, Pericles is a story of optimism in the face of fate and of hope in the midst of tragedy.

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