KADS meets the Bard in unique programme

Participants at the RSC open weekend
Participants at the RSC open weekend

A Kirkcaldy drama group has been selected from 200 applications to be one of only seven companies in Scotland to take part in a prestigious theatre programme.

Iain Johnston, KADS company secretary and director, submitted an application to the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) following the group’s successful production of “The Case of the Tale told by an Idiot”, which is based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth with overtones of a 1950s Mike Hammer American detective investigation.

He suggested a show based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet could be included in the RSC Open Stages programme - which culminates in a celebration of the 400th anniversary of the death of the Bard - to be staged by the RSC in 2016.

Iain was shocked to have the application selected and he was invited, as director of the productions, to attend a weekend of workshops with directors from the organisation.

He went to the world famous theatres, rehearsal rooms and teaching centre of the RSC in Stratford.

It is the start of a programme of skills exchanges and mentoring with the RSC and the Scottish partner companies, Dundee Repertory Theatre and The National Theatre of Scotland, involving the director and cast of the KADS production of “The Case of the Prince formerly known as Hamlet” which will be staged during 2015.

The directors’ weekend in Stratford was held at the end of September, when director Iain Johnston, worked with the RSC on a range of workshops.

Iain commented: “This is just the start of a process of workshops for the company involving skills exchanges for the cast with the RSC, Dundee Rep and the NTS and a programme of mentoring with leading director Joe Douglas, which is a fantastic opportunity for KADS.”

The town drama group will also be performing the premiere of a new play by Chris Adams called “My Name is Martha” at the Cowane Centre, Stirling on November 2.