Humans on Trial - An Ecological Fable

By Jose Antonio Jauregui and Eduardo Jauregui
Adapted in English for stage by Margie Douglas

Representatives from every corner of the Animal Kingdom have gathered in the jungle for an extraordinary trial. The Human Being is accused of atrocious crimes against its fellow creatures. Slander, Physical Abuse and Genocide. The forked tongue of Kali the Cobra will provide evidence and arguments against our species, while Philos the Labrador, friend and defence attorney, will do everything possible to save us from being condemned. Several witnesses will testify for and against the prosecution, including a mouse called Cheddars, a parrot, a chimpanzee, a badger and a bee. In the end Solomon the Owl, wise judge of this unprecedented legal case, will pronounce the verdict. Is Homo Sapiens a threat for all life on Earth, an arrogant, cruel and murderous species that does not deserve the freedom granted by its genes? Or can it still redeem itself before the rest of its fellow animals. The time has come for us to face the law of the jungle.

Jane Goodall, writing in the preface to the book, Humans on Trial, says: “It is a delightful story, presented as a fable, that will appeal to readers of all ages. There is courtroom drama, gripping suspense, memorable characters and witty repartee. It is a tale that entertains, while at the same time it raises important ethical issues concerning animal welfare and environmental stewardship. It forces us to think about humanity's true place in the natural world.”

Humans on Trial – an ecological fable has already been successfully performed and toured in Spain. Now Shakespeare Link are collaborating with Mid Powys Youth Theatre, The Radnorshire Wildlife Trust and New Red Kite Theatre on the UK premiere of a brand new version by local writer, Margie Douglas, to be performed at The Willow Globe, Rhayadar, on 22nd and 23rd August 2014, and on Sunday 24th August at 2pm at the Radnor Fringe, Rock Park, Llandrindod Wells.

We are inviting young people aged 9 to 18 to come and be part of this ambitious project alongside an established team of writers, directors, artists, musicians and choreographers. Radnorshire Wildlife Trust will also be running practical workshops on the environmental aspects of Humans on Trial, in schools throughout Powys in the summer term.

Our first workshops will be mask making with designer, Lynette Margerison, and will take place at Glasbury Village Hall on 12th and 19th May from 6 to 9pm, prior to a street theatre performance in Hay on Wye on 24th May, the first Saturday of the Hay Festival. [venues to be confirmed]

The summer performance project, which will include further mask making, dance and drumming workshops alongside rehearsals for the play, will run from 11th to 24th August at The Willow Globe, Rhayadar and The Drama Centre, Llandrindod Wells. There will be a small charge to take part in workshops and it will be necessary to book places well in advance.

Shakespeare Link have secured a grant from the Arts Council of Wales but are currently seeking a small amount of match funding to ensure that the performance of Humans on Trial can reach its full potential in summer 2014. If you would be interested in supporting the project, or would like to take part in the workshops and the performance, please contact Shakespeare Link.

email info@shakespearelink.co.uk or telephone 01597 811487

original artwork by Ricardo Martinez

To purchase the original book "Humans on Trial - an ecological fable" by José Antonio Jáuregui visit: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Humans-Trial-Jose-Antonio-Jáuregui-ebook/dp/B00GUNBA5A/ref=sr_1_8?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1402242232&sr=1-8&keywords=humans on trial

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