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Love's Labour's Lost Performed by The Little Fish

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Opening this Friday Under the stars and among the vines
Love's Labour's Lost

The Little Fish, a youth performance group will be performing Shakespeare's Love's labour's Lost under the stars and among the vines. All you need to do is book your tickets, get your picnic hamper together, or simply book a platter with the Visitor's Centre and enjoy a drop of local wine.

The group, located in Port Noarlunga, is made up of the senior students of Southern Theatre Ensemble (SYTE). This will be their fourth year of performing Shakespeare in an outdoor setting. As always, this young cast will bring energy, vitality, sass and excitement into the characters they play. This beautiful production opens Friday, 9 January 2015, on the lawns at the McLaren Vale Visitors' Centre, 796 Main Road, McLaren Vale.

Director, Russell Slater said, "Love's Labour's Lost is often referred to as Shakespeare's most beautiful comedy, is set in the ancient Kingdom of Navarre, where forbidden love overcomes royal vows of religious observance as the rules of engagement between the battle of the sexes, are quickly forgotten."

The group prides themselves on introducing Shakespeare to new audience members that have never seen, or don't think they will enjoy seeing Shakespeare performed and according to Slater, this is easily one of the most assessable of his plays. "When the final song is finishing and the lights brought down, you are left under the starlight and it's a perfect way to end the evening," said Slater.

"Love's Labour's Lost is rarely performed and The Little Fish has brought to life the passion and naughtiness they are known for into this production, as well as performing a wonderful original arrangement of Shakespeare's 400 year old song which will feature in the production."

The group are also excited to share their first ever youtube clip - a lost song from Love's Labour's Lost. A wonderful arrangement by Amelia Lórien and Aiken Newnham bringing the 400 year old lyrics to life, partnered with dumb show of closing scene by the ensemble members.

The dumb show was a common feature in Elizabethan theatre. Now we often read a printed synopsis before watching a play, but back then they sent the actors out (or lessor actors) to present a silent (dumb) synopsis of the story (often narrated by the ensemble leader). In the vid - the actors all made a modified replication of the last scene, without speaking - easier said than done!

WHERE: Public Performances at McLaren Vale Visitor's Centre
796 Main Rd, McLaren Vale SA 5171,

WHEN: 9th, 10th, 16th & 17th January 2015 at 7pm

TICKETS: Adults $20 Concession $15
Children 12 and under Free

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No BYO alcohol, but a Bar will be available for refreshments on the night.

Cheese Platters for two can be pre-ordered, including: - 3 Cheeses (Blue, Brie & Gouda), Brian's Olives, Antipasto and crackers. $25 each.

Call 8323 9944 to order your local hamper.

Directions: Doors will open from 6.00 pm
Picnic grounds open from 6 pm (no BYO alcohol, but the cafe and bar will be open).
Please bring picnic rug, bean bags or low chairs. A blanket in-case it cools off is highly recommend!

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Why? Great opportunity to see Shakespeare’s Love's Labour's Lost, directed by Russell Slater & performed by some of the best and most passionate young actors in the southern region.
When: 9th, 10th, 16th & 17th January 2015
Phone: the McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Visitor Information Centre on 61 8 8323 9944 if you require assistance.
Where: Public Performances at McLaren Vale Visitor's Centre
Cost: Adults $20. Concession $15. Children under 12 years free.
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