Written and directed by Robert Gillespie
Portia was specially written for the Women in the Arts Festival and first performed at Tristan Bates Theatre in December 2013.
Isabel: Clare Cameron
An actress is preparing to play her first major role as Portia in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. She has a small son and juggles with her responsibilities as a mother, her ambition, and how much she can impose on her partner. She also, as a leading player, explores the shades of meaning she and her director find in the play. She examines the freshness of his view of Shylock and the operations of prejudice. Is astonished at just how much it matters that Portia must impersonate a man in order to succeed in a man’s world – and that Shakespeare, so long ago, should have observed and commented on this.