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BareBones Youth Past Production

The Merchant of Venice

by William Shakespeare adapted by Dave Baldwin

The costuned cast

This year's open air Shakespeare play was "The Merchant of Venice". It was performed on the evening of 3rd September in the grounds of Bishopswood House before an appreciative audience of around one hundred and fifty people. The performance was the culmination of a five day theatre workshop at Bishopswood. Each member of the thirty strong cast came to the workshop with a good working knowledge of the play and a fully learned role. The workshop co-ordinated the action of the play, polished the characterisations and set the whole piece against the backdrop of this beautiful Victorian mansion house. The 'summer' weather often threatened to wash away the efforts of our young players but the day of performance dawned on a miraculously sunny day and once again Shakespeares words were delivered under a blue sky.

The Cast

Antonio: Oliver Bartle
Antonio’s servant: Anna Barker
Arragon Attendants: Olivia Gilmour & Hannah Meek
Balthasar: Effie Seal
Bassanio: Daniel Mace
Bassanio’s Servant: Oscar LaGamba
Chorus Leader: Kathleen Wills
Clerk of the Court: Sarah Lester
Duke of Venice: Lewis Jones
Gaoler: Bethany Sherwood
Gratiano: Jack Whittaker
Gratiano’s servant: Max Aylmer
Jessica: Phoebe Mills
Launcelot Gobbo: Ben Bornoff
Lorenzo: Laurie Brooke
Morocco Attendants: Elanah Gilmour & Ty Hale
Nerissa: Jasmine Jones
Old Gobbo: James Bonehill
Portia: Maddy Maloney
Portia’s servant: Laura Aubrey
Prince of Arragon: Freddie Hunt
Prince of Morocco: Vivian Brooke
Salanio: Charlotte Fishwick
Salerio: Emily Banks
Sallarino: Elliot Holden
Shylock: Jo Bornoff
Stephano: Jessica Hunt
Tubal: Jacob Timms

The Crew


Dave Baldwin
Margaret Baldwin
Gordon Stewart


Charles Wintour
Dave Shaw

Costume & Props

Penelope Timms
Stella Truscott

Our thanks as always to the Freeman family for the use of their magnificent Bishopswood House.



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