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Shakespeare gets modern shake-up

THEATRE: Scenes from the Shanty Productions adaptation of Twelfth Night, a William Shakespeare play which explores a story of unrequited love, which will be made available on iTunes and Amazon Prime soon

A SHAKESPEARE adaptation with black actors will be available soon from digital platforms.

In keeping with Shanty Productions’ commitment to drama for diverse, multicultural audiences, with characters they can relate to on accessible platforms, Twelfth Night will be on Amazon Prime and iTunes from October 25.

Adapted and directed by Adam Smethurst, with Welsh actor Rakie Ayola as executive producer, this is a modern, full text version of Shakespeare’s tale of unrequited love, featuring Zackary Momoh as Antonio and Dominic Coleman as Sir Andrew Aguecheek.

Twelfth Night is the first feature from Shanty Productions; a new independent film production company.

Commenting on the driving force behind the organisation, co-founder Ayola said: “It is essentially the realisation that Adam and I could put our money where our mouths are, channel our skills and produce the kind of work we want to see.

“Work that combines our love of Shakespeare with our need to represent the world as we see it.”

On his decision to start with an adaptation of Twelfth Night, Smethurst explained: “With the widespread rise of anti-immigrant populism and governments actively encouraging a hostile environment for refugees, telling the story of the outsider surviving in an alien world on her wit, charm and ingenuity became and re- mains compellingly urgent.”

Lead actor Sheila Atim added: “We’re not trying to dumb Shakespeare down... We’re just bring- ing it forward to a time when people may feel like they can connect with it more.”

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