As the eyes become a little less bright and the tales a little less bushy students from Leicester University Theatre are valiantly pressing on with their record-breaking, non-stop Shakespeare Marathon.
The thespians’ efforts so far have been logged on a hastily-erected cricket scoreboard beside the makeshift stage. With the sun blazing down at 3pm on Tuesday May 2, it read: 29 plays to go, day 2, hour 8!
Until now tempers amongst the troupe have remained thoroughly intact. But that might all change on Thursday when boyfriend and girlfriend Steven Rodgers and Sarah Frain meet as Iago and Emilio in Othello...
All those Bard buffs out there will know well that Ioga slays Emilio in an act of sordid violence. So whilst there has already been the tragically amorous encounters of Romeo and Juliet there is underhand skulduggery and intrigue a-plenty yet to come.
As Lord Attenborough suggested, the students’ titanic efforts were always going to be ‘fantastic and extravagant folly’ but hitherto they are bearing up admirably - resplendent as they are in a mixture of period costume and retro chic.
Finally, though they have not yet reached the target figure, which will cover their trip to Shakespeare Youth 2000 in Vilnius in the summer, they remain positive that the necessary amount will be found.
NOTE TO NEWSDESK: For more information on the Shakespeare marathon contact Dr Roger Scoppie on 0116 270 3369; mobile 0779 016 4773.
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