AFTER a rip-roaring opening to the Ashbourne Festival with the International Streetfest, four performances of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew look set to bring more comedy, live music and high drama to the programme.
Shakespeare's appealing comedy inspired the film 10 Things I Hate About You.
It follows the adventures of Katharina, a violent and bad-tempered girl known as a "shrew".
Her younger sister, Bianca, is forbidden to marry until Katharina gets a husband.
This seems highly unlikely – until she meets a young man who likes a challenge and the scene is set for a dramatic and highly entertaining musical evening.
The Outlaw Shakespeare Company is an independent production company made up of young actors and musicians from QEGS sixth form.
The play is produced by the Ashbourne Festival and was commissioned after a successful production of Twelfth Night by the Outlaws two years ago.
Chris Walker, Ashbourne Festival chairman, said: "We're really looking forward to giving people in Ashbourne a chance to go to the theatre in their own community and to see Shakespeare performed by young people just like themselves."
Performances are on June 30 at the town hall and on July 3, 4 and 5 in the main hall at QEGS.
There will be a bar available. Tickets are £8 (£6 for under-18s) and are available from the visitors' centre or online at www. ashbournefestival.org.