British Black and Asian Shakespeare Performance Database
As You Like It (2013): Transport
PrAs You Like It (2013)
CAST INCLUDED: Colin Michael Carmichael (Touchstone); Anna Elijasz (Celia); Michael Fox (Orlando); Mark Jax (Jaques); Elisabet Johannesdottir (Rosalind)
This was a production by Transport, co-produced with Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg and the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich. It toured extensively from 27 September - 22 November 2013, including Luxembourg, Ipswich, Peterborough, Canterbuy, Oxford, Colchester and the Albany Theatre, London. The press release for the production can be found here. Production information taken from online sources - including Fisayo Akinade's Curtis Brown CV - and complete details of casting have not been found; we have been unable to enter all casting as we do not have role information for most of the actors presently. Other information may also be incomplete.
"The play opens with a migrant (Fisayo Akinade) reading from Shakespeare in a detention centre in Calais. Surrounded by peeling walls, sleeping bags and old mattresses, Akinade talks about his various ordeals and dreams of reaching the UK, inviting the audience to view the main narrative in light of his experiences....Transport's adaption is generally exciting and innovative, but the relationship between the play and the real experiences of present-day refugees has the potential to be explored further. Aside from the occasional voiceover, Akinade’s story is not revisited throughout the performance, and he only reappears at the end to read the play’s epilogue." ~ Rhiannon Kelly, "Theatre Review: As You Like It", British Theatre Guide [online]
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