Another first for Wordfest, supported by Adur District Council, was our presentation of Brighton Shakespeare Company performing in The Comedy of Errors in a marquee on Coronation Green by the River Adur in the town centre of Shoreham-by-Sea.
Directed by Mark Brailsford, who also leads the regular Treason Show, the play was great fun and was very well received by the audience of 300 people of all ages over both evenings. There was also an open mic event on Saturday afternoon with local musicians and singing groups entertaining people as they dropped by and sampled the food and drink stalls around the marquee.
The weather wasn’t very kind to us, as it was the only grey windy weekend in a very hot summer, and although it was good to be right in the town centre, the traffic noise from the High Street, even in the evening, could be distracting. However, as a number of the audience remarked, Shakespeare’s plays were originally performed in pub yards and theatres which were in the centre of everything, to very noisy crowds, so it did not detract too much from the enormous gusto BSC brought to the performance.
The play’s leading lady, Kerren Garner, also ran a workshop for 60 year 5 pupils at Swiss Gardens Primary school, which was very well received with full engagement from the young actors.