An actress is using her experience in classical and physical theatre to lead a production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night with a twist.

Rebekah Fortune, who has a master's degree in Classical Theatre from Central School of Speech and Drama, is directing the drama students from Uxbridge College in a production based on the theme of the circus.

The show, which will be performed at The Paul Robeson Theatre in Hounslow, is the latest by BTEC National Diploma students at the Hayes Community Campus of the College in Hayes, west London, to be performed in theatres in the area, following Euripides' Trojan Women, at The Compass Theatre in Ickenham.

Rebekah, who specializes in physical theatre, has run and directed her own theatre company, and has also appeared in television shows including Holby City, said: "There are all sorts of bawdy characters in Twelfth Night and one of them is a clown, so we chose a circus theme. It gives us a lot of scope to be colourful and to do something a bit different.

"In physical theatre the actors use creative movement to express both the narrative and the emotional impact of what is going on - it adds an extra dimension, especially to interpretations of classical plays such as this one.

"Everyone who is taking part is working to put this show on a par with many professional performances."

* Performances will be on 24th and 25th May. Tickets cost £6 and £4. Call The Paul Robeson Theatre box office on 0845 456 2840 to book.

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