Mawa Theatre Company has announced the cast for Shakespeare-On-Sea, a short film project exploring Shakespeare’s maritime imagination through the gaze of Black female artists in Essex. The project will run as part of the Blueprint: a festival of new ideas at Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch from 12 to 24 September 2022.

SHARON ROSE (‘HAMILTON’, ‘JINGLE JANGLE’) will play PROSPERO in THE TEMPEST, MIA JEROME (‘SQUAD GOALS’, ‘A CHRISTMAS CAROL’) will play ADRIANNA in THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, JOSEPHINE MELVILLE (‘LITTLE MISS JOSCELYN’ ‘EASTENDERS’) will play NURSE in ROMEO & JULIET.

The film will be directed by Mawa’s Artistic Director Maisey Bawden and Executive Director Danielle Kassaraté, their first collaboration with Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch since they joined the creative leadership team this year.

Maisey Bawden says: “Following our first digital project last year, we are so excited to put Shakespeare on film once again, this time honouring some of the fantastic talent we have here in Essex. Making Shakespeare digestible and accessible is so important to us and we hope by giving our audiences free access to Shakespeare as it has never be seen before, in bite size chunks will inspire a new generation of theatre goers’

Sharon Rose says: “Having grown up deep in the heart of Essex and experiencing a drought of representation in the arts growing up, seeing and now being a part of Mawa Theatre Company is pure joy. It reminds me that I matter and that my stories matter and that I am not entirely invisible to the thing I love. Mawa Theatre Company is food for the soul. A safe space to refresh, replenish and spring forth.”

There’s free entry for Shakespeare-On-Sea but advanced booking is required. For more details and to book tickets, click here.

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