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Butler offering Shakespeare with a Bermuda twist

Dale Butler: Offering a Shakespearian experience

Dale Butler has just the ticket for people searching for local entertainment with a Shakespearean twist.The local event organiser has created a mini-stage in his own backyard in Pembroke and will be hosting a night of dinner and theatre on July 6 and 7.He guarantees people will enjoy it “whether they are a Shakespeare fan or not”. Experienced thespian Denny Richardson will take to the stage, as well as singer Darlene Hartley, Elca Maranzanna, Burnell Williams and other performers.Mr Butler will also be reading some excepts from a manuscript he wrote a few years ago, but never published, that swapped in Bermudian dialogue, character names and locations to some of the English playwright’s classics like Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet and Macbeth.The unpublished manuscript was entitled ‘Shakespeare was a Bard from Back of Town who Frequented Hubies and Jamacian Grill’.On the left hand side of the page, it featured Mr Butler’s local translation of the scripts, while on the right hand side there was a sypnosis based on the actual plays.The result was something funny and unique, he said.The evening will also feature a meal from South East Asia, complete with salads and vegetables. For dessert, Mr Richardson will also be preparing his special upside-down apple cake.Mr Butler said people should make time to come out to these rare events. “It’s unique in that it’s $40 and includes a fabulous dinner and theatre in ones backyard.“Denny Richardson is an experienced actor and has done quite well with theatre. In particular he has been doing Shakespeare for the last 60 odd years and started performing at Central School and followed through at Berkeley and later on in life.“It also features lots of other local talent and I can’t think of a better reason why you wouldn’t want to be here.”The space can accommodate up to 26 people on each night. Mr Butler said if this event is a success, he hopes to be able to offer similar programmes in the future at other locales around the Island. The event is directed by Rotimi Martins.To reserve a space, contact 505-3409.