‘Coriolanus’; Shakespeare with a Local Twist

Playwrights Workshop Trinbago’s (PWT) Monthly Readers Theatre Series (MRTS), featured the first Wednesday of every month, presents the reading of a local adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘Coriolanus’ by Robert Inniss, for the October 2018 installment. The reading takes place at the Trinidad Theatre Workshop, located at #6 Newbold Street, St Clair, 7PM on October 3rd.

Playwrights Workshop Trinbago
The Playwrights Workshop Trinbago’s Monthly Reader Session  at Trinidad Theatre Workshop | Photo Credit: Triston Wallace

Robert Inniss is a secondary school drama teacher at Presentation College, San Fernando and a theatre practitioner. ‘Coriolanus’ is his first attempt dabbling in the generous world of Shakespeare.

The play is set around 491 BC, when Rome was a young Republic. A Roman soldier named Coriolanus rises to political power due to his bravery in battle, but his arrogance and inability to adapt to this life of service leads to his eventual downfall.

Robert intends to use this creative piece to propel the imaginations of his students while merging a ‘classical’ sense of theatre with the local ‘cultural seasoning’ of Trinidadian English Creole. According to Inniss, the ultimate goal is to carry the play through the preliminary rounds of the Secondary School Drama Festival. Through that experience, he hopes to nurture, in the younger generation, a deep sense of connection to the cultural landscape of Trinidad and Tobago, both as students and practitioners themselves.

The PWT, in partnership with the Trinidad Theatre Workshop and The Trinidad and Tobago Performing Arts Network, is inviting actors, playwrights, directors, producers and the general public to partake in the reading and discussion of the play. The event will be held on Wednesday October 3, 2018, 7PM at the Trinidad Theatre Workshop, 6 Newbold Street, St Clair. Admission is FREE but Space Is Limited. RSVP HERE.

Come one. Come all. Bring a friend.

PWT reads new stage, screen, and radio plays on the first Wednesday of every month. For further information email playwrightsworkshoptt@gmail.com; or call (868) 351-6293; or find us on Instagram @playwrightsworkshoptt.

Robert Inniss
Robert Inniss

About the Playwrights Workshop Trinbago

Playwrights Workshop Trinbago (PWT) is an organization coordinated by playwrights for the making of plays. The organization is dedicated to the memory and work of renowned Trinidadian scholar, academic, theatre historian, playwright and director ERROL HILL (1921-2003) and Tobagonian poet, playwright, essayist and journalist ERIC ROACH (1915-1974).

This year, the workshop initiated in 2003 by Tony Hall with support from Trinity in Trinidad Global Learning Site of Trinity College, Hartford, C.T. Lordstreet Theatre’s Jouvay Institute and the National Drama Association of Trinidad and Tobago, celebrates its 15th Anniversary. It continues to have its Monthly Readers Theatre Series on the first Wednesday of every month, at the Trinidad Theatre Workshop. Playwrights and aspiring playwrights are reminded that plays read at the Monthly Readers Theatre Series will qualify for further development at the Annual New Play Festival in the following year.

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