Oxford Shakespeare Festival has returned to our castleyard, with four fantastic productions presented over 8 weeks throughout the summer. Each play is produced and directed by a different local theatre company. Alex Nicholls who runs Tomahawk Theatre sat down with us to discuss his production of Much Ado About Nothing which is now on until 16th July.
How long have you been doing theatre? How did you get into it?
I got into theatre when was 10 in Wolvercote with NOYT, the local group there. My first show was Wind in the Willows. I began producing shows for Tomahawk Theatre in 2005 and this is our 7th visit to the Castle.
What is it about Shakespeare that you so enjoy?
You have a blank canvas with Shakespeare. You can present a story in any period and have so much freedom.
Do you have a day job too? Or are you working on Tomahawk all year round?
I work on Tomahawk year round and also enjoy working part time as a teacher.
What’s your favourite thing about doing theatre?
Bringing people together from all ages, nationalities and backgrounds
How many years have you presented a play at the castle?
My first was 2010! Twelfth Night, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth
Tell us about your production of Much Ado About Nothing. Are you doing anything different with the interpretation?
Our play is set in 1940, Messina, Sicily fused with costumes and music from the period. Music, song and dance while always remaining faithful to Shakespeare’s beautiful language. We have actors from around the world to tell this great story.
Finally, why should people choose Much Ado About Nothing for an evening out in Oxford this summer?
Passion, love, laughter, loyalty and togetherness.