The Merchant of Venice
directed by Darragh O’Brien
ThereisBear!’s ‘The Merchant of Venice’ was staged as part of Cúirt International Literature Festival, 2014, in association with NUI Galway.
‘The Merchant of Venice’ is one of William Shakespeare’s most famous and controversial comedies. One man wagers his life on a contract which causes immeasurable change to everyone around him. ‘The Merchant of Venice’ investigates bonds of all forms, from legal contracts to marriages, all in a world where a man’s word means everything.
Set against the quasi-criminal backdrop of an imagined, monolithic world-bank, ThereisBear!’s The Merchant of Venice explores the nature of power itself – and what exactly power might become when it is vested in those whose modus operandi includes back-room bargains and underhanded deals.
When old rivalries bristle and the stakes are raised, one man wagers his very life on such a bargain. For Antonio, Bassanio, Portia and Shylock, power, lives and even flesh are items to be traded, competed for, and sometimes seized.