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Amateur group teams up with RSC; PREVIEW: Measure For Measure, at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff.

AGROUP of amateur actors are achieving a goal which most professionals strive for - working with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC).

Director Geraldine Watson and her team at Cardiff's Everyman Theatre have received intensive training from the experts who usually work with top actors like Ralph Fiennes on Shakespearean productions.

The amateur theatre group beat off tough competition to become one of just 100 companies throughout the UK to be part of the RSC's Open Stages project.

As part of the initiative each company is producing its own Shakespeare or Shakespeare-themed production and Everyman is staging Measure For Measure.

Open Stages focuses on learning, with each amateur company receiving training, director mentoring, feedback and support from the world famous RSC and partner theatres.

Watson was involved from the conception of Open Stages in 2013 with a production of Hamlet and was then selected by the RSC as one of their "wish list directors" which meant she received further intensive training.

She said: "Nothing has been spared by the RSC in reaching out and embracing amateur companies, "Both my casts - in Hamlet and now Measure for Measure - have benefited and enjoyed the intensive training offered to us in this approach."

The RSC's voice and text coach Michael Corbidge was among those who worked with Everyman.

"A couple of weeks ago Michael was working with Ralph Fiennes on Macbeth, two weeks later he was working with us," adds Watson, pointing out that Corbidge told them: "I have seen you climb vertical mountains, taking your cast with you and are amazed by what I have seen."

Audiences will get to see the results for themselves when Measure For Measure is staged next week.

Measure For Measure at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, March 17 to 21.

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Mar 14, 2015
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