Local Arts Groups Release a Socially Distant, Modern Take on Classic Play

Written by on May 27, 2020

12 Nights in Lockdown is Shakespeare’s 12th Night as you’ve never seen it before showcasing a socially distanced cast from The Duston Players and CLICK Arts. 

12th Night’s story including false identity, unrequited love, obsession and ambition places Illyria comfortably in the 2020 world of online media, catfishing and a world where image is everything (as well as not at all what it seems), and true love finally wins through based on respect and shared values. 

The cast have recorded their scenes separately (over 12 nights!), and the 30 minute video will be released on YouTube along with details of how to donate, or contribute directly to the Hope Centre in this challenging time.

Northampton Hope Centre helps the homeless and those marginalised by society, not just through personal care, but support through education, training and campaigning, empowering them to reclaim control of their lives.  You can donate to the 12 Nights Just Giving page here:  https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/12night.

A short video of why the cast has nominated Hope with an insight into the work of the Northampton Centre is here.

Both The Duston Players (with The Ladykillers) and CLICK Arts (with the Steel Magnolias – marathon challenge) had to postpone their productions at Duston Community Centre due to COVID-19, but are determined to continue to encourage the valuable sense of escapism and relief that theatre can bring, as well as keep nurturing the community spirit and camaraderie of productions.  Theatre brings people together, encourages creativity, raises awareness and this is an opportunity for this unique collaboration to continue to do all three – even in lockdown – as the team hope to make you smile with their antics which include parodies of TikTok, online meeting rooms and what we all might be doing in lockdown right now!!

12 Nights in Lockdown aims to be released on May 28th – a fitting date with the first ever radio broadcast of 12th Night released on May 28th in 1923.


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