Saskatoon summers are marked with festivals of all kinds. However, few are as unique as Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan. The annual theatre festival is held on the bank of the South Saskatchewan River, and it is a great festival for taking in scenery and culture, as well as for experiencing an unforgettable live play in a unique setting.
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1985 and has been a staple of the Saskatoon summer ever since. This year’s productions are the renowned comedy, Twelfth Night, and the infamous historical play, Richard III, and they run until Aug. 20 and 19, respectively.
Skye Brandon (BFA’00) has been a long-time contributor to Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, joining as an actor in 2006. He has been on the artistic advisory board for the past three years, and this year was asked to direct the production of Richard III. This is his first time directing a Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan production.
“Since moving back [to Saskatoon] a couple [of] years ago, I have started to direct Shakespeare a little bit. I’ve done some local independent work, doing kind of small cast versions of the productions, but this is the first time I’ve directed for Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan,” Brandon said.
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