Cedar City, UT – The Utah Shakespeare Festival is partnering with DOCUtah in sponsoring The Road to the Globe, an amazing documentary film which follows a New Zealand theatre company as it prepares and performs Troilus and Cressida at the legendary Globe Theatre, halfway around the world in London.
The documentary is part of the fifth annual DocUtah: Southern Utah International Documentary Film Festival and will be shown on September 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Dixie State University on the main stage of the Eccles Fine Arts Building.
The Road to the Globe follows a group of Māori actors as they prepare to perform a Te Reo Māori language adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida at the legendary Globe Theatre in London.
In 2010, with the coming of the London Olympic Games in 2012, the Globe Theatre issued a proclamation outlining the world’s biggest Shakespearean festival: 36 countries, 36 Shakespearean plays, 36 languages.
Māori actor, director, and writer Rawiri Paratene answered the call and was duly given Shakespeare’s little known Troilus and Cressida to translate into Te Reo Māori, cast, rehearse and eventually perform. To raise the stakes, Rawiri and his theatre company were also charged with opening the festival.
Rawiri says the opportunity to take Te Reo Māori to the other side of the world and perform at one of the most famous theatres was a life-long dream. “This is singularly the most important and fulfilling project I have ever been involved in. To have taken Māori to the Globe Theatre was special indeed.”
The Road to the Globe follows Rawiri and theatre director Rachel House throughout the 12-week rehearsal boot camp starting in New Zealand, where the cast begins a journey of transformation, stepping deeper and deeper into Shakespeare’s characters. Throughout the film, we meet key cast members and watch them confront their fears, struggle with lines and ultimately lift each other up to face their opening curtain.
All event passes are $20, and day passes are $5. Students are free with a valid student ID. Tickets can be purchased at DSU Central Ticket Office located at 375 South 700 East, St. George. The ticket office phone number is 435-652-7800. Seating is on a first come first served basis and is limited in certain theatres. Sometimes demand may far exceed supply. Further ticket information is available at http://archive.thespectrum.com/docutah2014#?page=8.
To watch a trailer visit https://vimeo.com/63799760
For more information about DocUtah visit http://docutah.com/