SL Shakespeare Summer: Romeo & Juliet, July 21–26

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by Elrik Merlin on Thursday, 24 July, 2008

This week, as part of SL Shakespeare Summer, Radio Riel is running a week of music programming and special events inspired by Shakespeare and his archetypal tragedy of star-crossed young love, Romeo and Juliet, including full-cast performances of the complete play, and culminating in a formal Italian Renaissance Ball on Saturday, July 26. All programmes appear on our Main stream,

Programmes and special events for the week are as follows:

  • Monday July 21, The Music of Love — presented by Gabrielle Riel
  • Tuesday July 22, The Romance of Italy – presented by Soliel Snook
  • Wednesday July 23, The Russian Connection – music of Sergei Prokofiev (composer of the best-known setting of Romeo and Juliet) and his contemporaries
  • Thursday July 24, The Music of Shakespeare – musical adaptations and incidental music to several of Shakespeare’s works. There will also be a Caledon Library discussion on the play on Thursday at 1pm SLT on the Great Lawn outside the Whitehorn Library in Victoria City.
  • Friday July 25, The Elizabethan Theatre – An insight into the Elizabethan playgoing experience, including excerpts from Romeo & Juliet and other plays as they would have sounded at the time, along with comments from contemporary theatregoers; and all enwrapped in the music of the period. This is followed at ?6:00pm — 9pm SLT by the BookBinders’ Ball at Caledon Carntaigh – come dressed as your favourite Shakespeare character and join in honouring our Librarians!
  • Saturday July 26’s programme will consist of an anthology of many of the above elements, culminating in the Romeo & Juliet Italian Renaissance Ball at 2:30pm SLT at a special build in Caledon Carntaigh.

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday’s programmes include a complete full-cast performance of the play.

Listen to the Radio Riel Players in an extract from Romeo and Juliet (streaming MP3 or right-click to download 25MB).

SL Shakespeare Summer is a project of Radio Riel, Riel Events and the Caledon Library, and is made possible by funding from the Foundation for Rich Content – and by listeners like you.


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