Out of the overflow of need for positive national change, creativity and a passion for theatre, Trinidad based theatre production company, Sapphire Productions has been created. It’s the brainchild of Gabrielle Scott, a young University of the West Indies (UWI) B.A. Theatre Arts graduate who’s been working with youths through theatre for the past 6 years.
Sapphire Productions will make its debut in Trinidad and Tobago with its first production, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s satirical comedy Much Ado About Nothing.
Gabrielle says her version will retain most of the language of the original play, however, she says it will also highlight several gripes and issues in contemporary Trinbagonian society. “I want to make this play very relevant to the current climate of the nation so that persons attending can relate to the plot of the play while appreciating the genius of Shakespeare. We as a people can talk a lot but do very little when the opportunity arises. In this play, you are going to laugh, feel sad, as well as think about your roles as citizens of this country,” she said.
The cocktail and gala premiere of Much Ado About Nothing will take place at the Central Bank Auditorium on Thursday, April 20th, while the second and final show dubbed as “Shakespeare Under the Trees” will take place at Alicia’s Palace, Lady Chancellor Road on Friday April 21st. Part proceeds from the gala premiere will go towards the Autistic Society of Trinidad and Tobago- ASTT, an organization that is very dear to Gabrielle and Sapphire Productions.