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Shakespearean actor lights up poetry group stage

The King’s Lynn Poetry Appreciation Group held a special meeting recently when prestigious Shakespearean actor Andrew Jarvis made an appearance.

The highly-regarded thespian performed and lectured on Shakespearean verse, including learned technique for reading and appreciation of ‘the word’.

Andrew’s presentation was fascinating and there was opportunity for ‘audience participation’ and questions.

Andrew Jarvis, front centre, with poetry appreciation group
Andrew Jarvis, front centre, with poetry appreciation group

Those present enjoyed the session very much and were able to discuss Shakespearean matters informally with Andrew during the meeting’s break and afterwards.

During a distinguished career Andrew was at the Royal Shakespeare Company for ten years and he was responsible for the successful inaugural King’s Lynn Shakespeare Festival earlier this year.

Mr Jarvis trains actors in and around the works of Shakespeare. He is a board member of the British Shakespeare Association, and chair of its Fellowship Committee.

At the meeting he also announced there would be a second Lynn Shakespeare Festival in 2020, and it will be increased from three to nine days.

It will again take place at the Guildhall of St George, and will run from April 24 until Saturday, May 2.

Following the success of this year’s format, the festival will next year replicate the same dynamics and balance: celebratory performance coupled with rigorous scholarly interrogation.

More detailed information regarding the Festival will be published in the autumn.

Andrew Jarvis at the St George's Guildhall in King's Lynn
Andrew Jarvis at the St George's Guildhall in King's Lynn

The Poetry Appreciation Group’s next meeting will be held between 2 and 4pm on Saturday, September 7, and its theme will be Colour.

The venue, as always, is the Quakers Meeting House, Bridge Street, King’s Lynn, PE30 5HZ.

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