Cockburn Central actor brings adaptation of Shakespeare classic to stage

The Merchant of Venice features Cockburn Central resident Thomas Dimmick, left, Abbey McCaughan, Grace Edwards, Steven Hounsome, Melissa Merchant and Barry Park. Picture by Myles Wright.
The Merchant of Venice features Cockburn Central resident Thomas Dimmick, left, Abbey McCaughan, Grace Edwards, Steven Hounsome, Melissa Merchant and Barry Park. Picture by Myles Wright.

COCKBURN Central actor Thomas Dimmick will help bring an adaptation of Shakepeare’s The Merchant of Venice to the stage.

Set in the more modern time period of the 1930s, the adapted story follows heiress Portia, who is forced into marriage by her late father, and delves into the anti-Semitic attitudes rampant in Europe at the time.

Dimmick plays Bassanio, a man who he says has had the luxury of a lot of money.

“But the play opens with him admitting he has none left,” he said.

“Bassanio is a man on a mission to find some money and security for his future and he finds that in Portia, who is looking for a husband.

“To complicate matters, he is already in a loving relationship with Antonio but the world he lives in doesn’t accept such a pairing.

“Bassanio has an energy and love for his partner and friends but also finds a compatible soul in Portia, who is also looking for a marriage of convenience to survive in a non-accepting world.”

The Lucy Eyre directed production Merchant of Venice will be at UWA’s New Fortune Theatre on select dates from March 7 to 16.

Tickets start from $25 and can be purchased from www.ticketswa.com.