Worse Things Happen at Sea

by Joy Green & Adam Dodd
Opening Night 01 March 2012
Director: Nicole Schafer

Quorndon, the setting for this ‘Shakespeariment’, is a place a bit like the sea-side town of Brighton in England, small but [self]-important – and a Dukedom. But really it might be anywhere. The duke of this ‘dom’ is a reluctant one who is hoping to hand over the reigns of power to the man who marries his daughter, Vesta.
Suitors have come from far afield and will, it seems, go to great lengths to win the lady and the duchy. Ludovico, cousin to the Countess of Florence, has braved the ocean to be here, but his naivety and the machinations of others set the action of the play in motion.
This is a tale of shipwrecks and star-crossed lovers, cunning plans and, of course, Actors and a wedding.
The story will be familiar to those who love the bard, as it began its life as a Shakespearean project. Written in New Zealand, by New Zealanders, and on stage south of the Cook Strait for the first time, it cleverly incorporates most of Shakespeare’s archetypes and themes but with modern costumes and setting and a fresh young cast, all of which bring Shakespeare into today. If you look closely you might recognise a hint of Tybalt, Demetrius or Puck, but for those a tad more modern, the playwrights’ appreciation for more recent comedies, from Blackadder to Britney Spears, might be recognised.


Felicity Sarah Young  
Hugo Chris Jacobs  
Claude Oscar Macdonald  
Ludovico James Tregonning  
Vesta Imogen Davis  
Quorndon/Messenger Rodney August  
Zephyr Sofie Welvaert 
Adolphus Chris Summers 
Venetia Helen Fearnley  
Bartholemew Eddie Allan  
Nanny Sage Sarah Tregonning  
Jane Laura Wells 
Margaret Janna Cachola  
Doctor Rachel Marriott  


Stage Manager Brook Bray 
Set Design Nicole Schafer 
Set Construction Don Knewstubb 
Set Construction Ben Nicholls 
Lighting Design & Rig Phillip Todd 
Lighting Operator Alexandra Ross 
Wardrobe Sofie Welvaert 
Photography Nicole Schafer 
Publicity Roslyn Nijenhuis 
Set Construction Mick Childs 
Front of House Ellie Swann 
Sarah Young , James Tregonning .
Chris Jacobs , Janna Cachola .
Oscar Macdonald .
Sarah Tregonning , Imogen Davis , Rachel Marriott .
Sofie Welvaert, Sarah Young .
Chris Summers, Helen Fearnley .
Laura Wells, Eddie Allan .
Hosted by Friends of the Globe Theatre Incorporated