With the announcement of this year’s exciting programme of events for the Petersfield Shakespeare Festival 2017 just around the corner, we would like to take this opportunity to raise the curtain with news of a world premiere!
As part of our commitment to extending the reach of the festival and producing new work derived from Shakespeare, we are thrilled to present “The Buried Moon” by Laura Turner at the historic  Rose Playhouse, Bankside from 3rd – 13th May 2017. The play will be directed by Jake Smith, whose production of The Tempest was the triumphant centrepiece of last year’s Petersfield Shakespeare Festival.  
Inspired by the theory that the character of Caliban in The Tempest may have been partly informed by folklore legends of wetland creatures that haunt the Lincolnshire fenlands, “The Buried Moon” is an exploration, reimagining and appropriation of the Miranda/Caliban dynamic set in the Lincolnshire fen communities of today. It is the story of a young woman who, struggling to relate to her father after her mother's death, goes out onto the marshes one night to take her own life. She is saved by a monstrous looking young man - Caliban - and a friendship is born between them. Miranda is never sure if Caliban is a malignant spirit of the marshes or a lost soul looking for home. 
Laura Turner trained as a writer with Hull Truck Theatre, BBC New Talent and the Royal Court Theatre. She has written more than twenty original plays and adaptations of classic novels for Chapterhouse Theatre where she is currently Writer in Residence. Laura has previously written for BBC EastEnders: E20 and her acclaimed adaptation of Jane Eyre toured theatres with Hull Truck Theatre Company at the start of 2013.  She has been long-listed for the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting and the Adrienne Benham Award.
When it was erected in 1587, The Rose was only the fifth purpose-built theatre in London, and the first on Bankside – an area already rich in other leisure attractions such as brothels, gaming dens and bear-baiting arenas. Its history has been well established and plays performed there include Marlowe’s Jew of Malta, Doctor Faustus and Tamburlaine the Great; and Shakespeare’s Henry VI Part 1 and Titus Andronicus. The success of The Rose soon encouraged other theatres to be built on Bankside – The Swan in 1595 and the Globe in 1599. The Rose site today inspires actors and artists just as it did four hundred years ago and there are regular events, performances and open days held at the historic site.
Following this World Premiere run at the heart of Shakespeare’s London, The Buried Moon will transfer to the open air setting of Bedales School as part of the Petersfield Shakespeare Festival in July 2017.
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