Guy Masterson presents the fantastic, dramatic and comical Shylock, based on the famous character from Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. It explores the history of Jewish suppression whilst tracking the legacy of Shylock’s character through subsequent Shakespeare performances.

Masterson draws our attention to Shylock’s best friend Tubal, who, despite appearing only briefly and with very few lines, acts as the central figure. The narrative unfolds around him and covers a tremendously wide array of history centred around Jewish persecution and Shakespeare’s play. It is an incredibly ambitious project that may benefit from being a little more concise but undeniably fascinates its audience from beginning to end.

Masterson is incredibly talented and gives an astounding one man performance, engaging his audience in it’s important and captivating story, and even managing to throw in some hilarious comedic moments to boot.

Words: Nastassia Sutherland

Shylock, Assembly Roxy, Aug 18-28, 1.15pm

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