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Shaw Festival to present reading of Edward Bond’s The Sea

Playwright will also be in attendance for post-read Q&A

Media Bulletin #1 

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, June 14, 2012 . . . A reading of Edward Bond’s comedy The Sea, followed by a discussion with the playwright himself, will take place at the Shaw Festival’s Donald and Elaine Triggs Production Centre on Monday, June 18 at 6 p.m. Admission is free.

Coordinated by Toronto’s Sheep No Wool Theatre Company, this unique event is part of the larger Edward Bond Festival celebrating one of the most important and prolific contemporary British playwrights of our time and his 50th year as a playwright. Similar events are taking place in various theatrical venues including the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Tarragon Theatre and Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.

With echoes of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, The Sea is a biting social satire set in a remote East Anglian village in 1907 that deals with the war between a xenophobic draper and a bullying lady of the manor. As Bond himself has described the play, “It’s a comedy that argues it is possible to change the world.”

The Sea will be read by company members Neil Barclay, Julia Course, Jennifer Dzialoszynski, Ijeoma Emesowum, Sharry Flett, Kate Hennig, Peter Krantz, Marla McLean, Peter Millard, Wade Bogert O’Brien, Craig Pike, Ben Sanders, Graeme Somerville and Jenny L. Wright.

The Edward Bond Festival runs from June 12 to 20. For more information about the festival, please go to their website edwardbondfestival.wordpress.com or contact info@sueedworthy.ca.

Details:
The Sea
June 18, 2012 at 6 p.m.
Read by members of the Shaw Festival Ensemble
Followed by a talk back with Edward Bond
Shaw Festival Rehearsal Hall #3
RSVP to 1-800-657-1106 ext. 2395

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