By William Shakespeare
Adapted by Jack Paterson

Jessie Richardson Award Nominations:
Outstanding Sound Design – Jeff Tymoschuk and Corina Akeson

“…exciting…bold…even defiant production…”
Jo Ledingham, The Courier 

“Coriolanus: Bloody. Thought-provoking. Shakespeare…superb…vividly accessible..”
 Rachel Scott, Plank Magazine

“If you’re a Shakespeare fan, be sure to catch this show.”
 Jerry Wasserman, The Province

“Jack Paterson, one of Vancouver’s most interesting Shakespearean directors, interprets this rarely produced script.”
Colin Thomas, The Georgia Straight

Featuring: Ian Butcher as Coriolanus*, Kristina Agosti*, Corina Akeson*, Chris Cochrane*, Anna Cummer*, Josh Drebit*, Evan Frayne, Keith Martin Gordey*, Adam Henderson*, Paul Herbert*, Anthony F. Ingram*, Sebastian Kroon*, Ashley Liu*, Una Memisevic*, Christina Schild*, Cailin Stadnyk*, Troy Anthony Young and Gwynyth Walsh* as Volumnia

Directed by Jack Paterson*

Set Design: Al Frisk
Costume Design: Moira Fentum
Fight Choreography: Braun Mcash*
Sound Design & Composition:  Jeff Tymoschuk & Corina Akeson
Light Design: James Foy
Assistant Lighting Design: Ian Schimpf
Prop Design: Julia Henderson
Stage Manager: Susan Currie

Assistant Stage Managers: Chelsea Cameron & Alex Danard
Assistant Director: Quin Harris
Publicist: Andrew Templeton
Front of House: Heather Cant
* Members of Canadian Actor’s Equity Association or U.B.C.P.


 For immediate release
2 February, 2009
Media Contact: Andrew Templeton 778 896 2844

Gwynyth Walsh is Volumnia

For the first time since the 19th Century, Vancouver will experience Shakespeare’s great political tragedy, Coriolanus. Directed by Jack Paterson and taking place at the Jericho Arts Centre, the production features Gwynyth Walsh as Coriolanus’ mother, Volumnia.

“I think Coriolanus was the only Shakespeare play I’d never read or seen before,” explains Walsh. “Having never seen anyone else’s interpretation, which often informs your own approach – what you like or don’t like – Volumnia was a blank slate to me. She was also a challenge. She did rather scare the pants off me, but that’s why you do a part.”

“I’d say her principal dialectic is the political versus the personal. She’s very ambitious but being a matron in ancient Rome, she can’t do anything directly and has to channel her aspirations through her son. The play itself is very topical: what price politics? There are women in politics I’m pulling from, including Hillary Clinton, the Kennedy family, Barbara Bush and Kathryn Harris. Volumnia is also intensely patriotic, almost jingoistic, which as a modest Canadian is rather foreign to me. So I’ve come up with examples for myself where a loyalty to country could overcome family ties: the Irish troubles, the never ending struggle between Israel and Palestine, the former Yugoslavia.”

What is Walsh’s experience of working with Paterson on Shakespeare?

“In 2004, Jack gave me one of the greatest gifts of my life by asking me to play Prospero in his production of The Tempest. I’ll be forever in his debt for that. We’ve tried to work together since then but the stars have not aligned until now.”

Raised in Vancouver, Walsh has worked extensively in film and TV including Da Vinci’s Inquest (as Patricia Da Vinci), Star Trek: TNG, DS9 and Star Trek: Generations (as B’Etor), The Crush, Flight 93, LA Law, Murder She Wrote, ER, NYPD Blue and Matlock. In theatre, she has appeared in the Stratford and Charlottetown Festivals, The Citadel, MTC, The Centaur Theatre, Pacific Theatre and Blackbird. Plays include Mary Stuart, The Domino Heart, Prospero in The Tempest (Jessie nomination), Much Ado About Nothing (Dramalogue Award) and King Lear.


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