Taking a fresh look through female eyes

The Bench Theatre group is holding open auditions for an all-female production of Measure For Measure.
The Bench Theatre group is holding open auditions for an all-female production of Measure For Measure.
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In more than four decades, the award-winning Bench Theatre has never been a company to duck a challenge.

This year is no exception as the company is planning an all-female production of Shakespeare’s Measure For Measure.

This is an opportunity for talented women to take on the full range of roles in a Shakespeare play, including roles from which they are normally excluded.

Shakespeare has written some challenging and fully-rounded parts for women including Katherina in the Taming of the Shrew, Cordelia in King Lear and Isabella in Measure for Measure. But despite this more than 80 per cent of Shakespeare’s roles are male.

Bench Theatre director Jacquie Penrose says: ‘Measure For Measure reflects a society – a very male-dominated one – that is in the midst of a moral panic; vice and corruption are everywhere and there is way too much sex – and something must be done to impose order.

‘We felt it would be interesting to take a fresh look through female eyes at this darkly comic play, which is in part about male attitudes towards women.

‘We would like to create a diverse – though all-female – company for this production, so we are holding open auditions for anyone who would like to join the company.’

Auditions for the play take place on Sunday March 9 from 2pm-4 pm and on Tuesday March 11 from 7.30pm- 9.30pm at the Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, Havant.

For more details visit benchtheatre.org.uk or call Jacquie on 07854 138 213.