MARY STUART (Mary Queen of Scots) by Friedrich Schiller
Schiller's MARY STUART is considered a classic masterpiece. We regard it as one of the most engaging and potent plays ever written. The theme of political struggle for power and supremacy is as relevant today as in the period in which it is set. How far would you go to secure your power? What is permissible, where should the lines be drawn? Especially after all the revelations about our recent governments, these are very topical questions for a contemporary Irish audience.
Schiller, a passionate champion for free spirits, is Germany’s most Romantic thinker and is perceived as a literary giant. The author of the lyrics to “Ode to Joy” is one of the most performed playwrights on the continent, yet rarely staged in Ireland. PAGEANT WAGON hopes to remedy that. The only theatre company staging a Schiller play in the last 10 years here in Ireland was ROUGH MAGIC, who produced “Don Carlos” in 2007. PAGEANT WAGON is proud to announce that we are now in partnership with ROUGH MAGIC through their Production Support Programme. PAGEANT WAGON Theatre Co. has always been committed to producing either lesser known or new work. Our last two productions toured nationally and the last show also received Arts Council Funding. MARY STUART will be PAGEANT WAGON’s sixth production
The choice of the Grand Hall of the Freemasons as our venue is imperative to this production. The Dublin Freemason Building is the 2nd oldest Freemason building in the world and purpose built for the Freemasons. Its largest feature is the Grand Hall (amongst other exciting and curious rooms), which feels like a throne room, complete with large paintings, copious seating on either side, an actual throne and a working organ. The audience will get the chance to be welcomed into a historic and important Dublin building, one that for many is still shrouded in mystery. Producing this historical masterpiece in such an extraordinary setting we are hoping to create an exciting, theatrical event and to introduce an Irish audience to one of the most famous European classics.
We urgently need your help to realise this wonderful project. Our production features 11( ! ) characters, all of which need costumes. We also need to meet other production costs such as advertising costs, lights, props and insurance. Pageant Wagon is a voluntary organisation and therefore dependent on your generosity.
Thank you so much for supporting us! The final countdown has started: only 21 hours left at this stage.
We haven't reached our target yet. Yet - but you can help us to do so. If you know anyone else who could be interested in funding us, who would feel excited about seeing this amazing play realised in the Grand Hall of the Freemasons, make sure to tell them about MARY STUART an pass on the link. You can also bump up your own contribution if you wish to.
Thanks a million again, keep your fingers crossed for us!! X
Update posted on Thursday 13th June '13 @ 10:06:30
Hi friends and funders,
I just want to offer a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has funded us so far. We are truly humbled by your generosity. We still have a way to go to hit our target but the excitement is building and we're itching to get started on rehearsals in July.
We almost have our entire production team on board now with Sinead Cuthbert joining us as costume designer and Ciaran O'Melia as lighting designer. Two top class designers in our very humble opinion. Liam has been hard at work on the script with the cast in some workshops and things are progressing with all the behind the scenes work too.
We would be very grateful to everyone if you could help us reach our target by sharing the link to the fund:it page if you can. All the money donated will be spent directly on the essential items needed to make this production a fitting experience for the very talented cast and creative crew involved in the show. Not to mention the very fine venue of the Freemasons' hall which is a splendid looking place altogether.
We have 10 days left to hit that magical figure so with help of all you good citizens and patrons of the arts we can get there.
Again, we are deeply thankful to all those who have helped so far, take my word for it, this show wouldn't be happening without you.
We take our hats off to you.
Warmest regards from everyone here at Pageant Wagon Theatre Co.