Started in 2009 by founder Paula Worley, Shakespeare Street Theatre is a dedicated to performing the works of William Shakespeare. Paula is one of the few female directors, and is renowned for her unique approach of transcribing traditional male roles into female roles in order to counter balance the predominant male dominated scripts. Shakespeare Street Theatre have flourished under this approach and given rise and opportunity to female actors that otherwise would not be able to enjoy and perform such roles. Characters include Banquo, Ross and Porter in her most recent production of Macbeth. Past productions have offered female actors Feste from Twelfth Night, Escalus, Benvolio, Tyblat and Laurence from Romeo and Juliet and Puck and Egeus from A Midsummer Night's Dream! Through bringing her own unique style to her productions, and her skills as an artist to her scenery, masks and costumes, Shakespeare Street Theatre has gradually grown with popularity and is now popular with high schools as well as the general public.
Located in Cobourg, amongst the artistic community of Northumberland County, Ontario, for 8years, now the Shakespeare Street Theatre have recently acquired their permanent base at The Church, in the beautiful village of Colborne. Shakespeare Street Theatre presents plays, sonnet readings and offer workshops. Taking traditional Shakespearean theatre to the people can be a daunting task, but Shakespeare Street Theatre embraces the opportunity to "Give performers, both young and adult, the chance to experience the joys of participating in a traditional theatre production, that might otherwise not be so easily accessible", quote: Paula Worley.
Originally from England, Paula studied theatre and performing arts, graduating to a continuous career in theatre and drama teaching. With a penchant for the Bard's work, Paula has been a dedicated follower of Shakespeare from a young age, when first cast in Twelfth Night in the cross dressing role of Sebastian. Since those days of high school, Paula has set about over the subsequent years encouraging people of all ages to enjoy and perform the plays in an enjoyable way. Translating text into easily understood and enjoyed work, the group has rapidly grown, but still encourages new actors, dancers, singers, musicians and backstage crew every year to come along and join the group.
Paula 2016 production was an elaborate, yet simple, traditional and chic performance of Twelfth Night, Shakespeare's most outrageous bawdy comedy! 2015 brought a startling new production of Macbeth, performed again at the Firehall Theatre, Cobourg. Previous productions have included a unique contemporary and most successful production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, a hugely successful production of Twelfth Night in November 2012, performaced at both the Capitol Theatre, Port Hope, ON and Showplace Performance Centre, Peterborough, ON and in March 2012 Shakespeare Street Theatre presented Romeo and Juliet at ShowPlace Performance Centre and The Capitol Theatre. Since 2009 Shakespeare Street Theatre have performed annually at the Cobourg Buskers Festival where they will again this summer 2017 be seen performing, The Cobourg Highland Games, outdoor theatre at the Millennium Park Peterborough, Cobourg Annual Sidewalk Sale, Port Hope 'Estival, Peterborough Buskerfest, and Millbrook Scarecrow Festival, and and several street corners around Northumberland County!
Paula is proudly associated with The Puppet Room where she makes and presents traditional puppets, mask and props. Shakespeare Street Theatre are a member of Arts Council Northumberland.
"A story is told, A lesson is learnt, A character born, A performance earnt"