St Albans actor takes on The Tempest at the Maltings

09:59 14 June 2014

George Edkins

George Edkins

Archant

Leading local actor, George Edkins is relishing his latest challenge with the Maltings Arts Theatre’s resident company, OVO.

The Tempest, which is usually set on an island, has been transported to a dark cell in the Tower of London where Prospero has endured 12 years of imprisonment with his daughter Miranda.

But having studied the wonders of Earth and Heaven he is ready to avenge his incarceration by conjuring up a great storm that will throw his enemies into his power.

George, whose stage debut was in 1963, playing the third serving man in Coriolanus at St Albans Boys Grammar school, found his way back to acting in his late thirties. He created a niche for himself in American musicals with companies such as Harpenden Light Operatic; his ease with the accent he attributes to having an American mother and spending time in the States.

He made a name for himself at the Abbey Theatre taking principal parts at short notice in both The Sisters Rosensweig and Poor Beast in the Rain.

George is well-known locally, having lived in the area all his life, and recent memorable roles include Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing, the tyrannical father, Hobson, in Hobson’s Choice and the patriarch Arthur Birling in OVO’s acclaimed production of An Inspector Calls.

George, a father himself, has always wanted to play the role of Prospero. He said: “I think what attracted me to the part is his transformation from dark to light as well as the overriding themes of forgiveness and freedom. Of course there’s always the personal resonance; I too am a man with daughters and ambivalent about retirement.”

George understands that audiences are always challenged by Shakespeare but is a firm advocate of the rewards, “The language is both a joy, and inevitably, after 400 years, a potential obstacle for an audience.

“But, when actors really get inside its meaning and use all their skills of intonation, gesture, body language, then the poetry and the sense become completely clear. It’s very liberating for actors and audience alike.”

The Tempest runs from from next Thursday, June 19, to Saturday, June 21, and then from June 25-28 at the St Albans theatre.

It starts at 8pm and tickets (£10/£7.50) are available online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/ovo or by calling the box office on 0333 666 3366.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Royston Crow visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Royston Crow staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Royston Crow account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

08:30
Restoration work at Knebworth House: Beautifully sculpted by Spectrum Stone of Newmarket, these beasts form the most visible element of the current restoration project. Each of the carved stone beasts was carefully craned up into position by specialist teams.

There have been some dark and stormy nights lashing historic Knebworth House in recent weeks – but the new beasts who have become part of the landmark building have been unmoved by thunder, lightning and lashing rain.

Yesterday, 12:29
Police were alerted to loud music at a rural spot in North Herts late last night.

Police were called to a rural spot in North Herts late last night after reports of an illegal rave.

Yesterday, 08:30
Cutting grass verges

Crews working on behalf of Herts County Council have been working around the clock to get grass verges on main roads cut back and carry out other maintenance jobs.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

The mayor of Royston will host a charity golf day to raise funds for a cause close to his heart.

”North

Most read stories

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Royston Crow e-edition today E-edition