Omnibus Theatre today announces the full cast for Charlie Dupré’s Compositor E as part of the theatre’s 10th Birthday Season. Set in a print shop working on what would become Shakespeare’s First Folio, Compositor E is presented in line with the 400th anniversary of its printing.
Artistic Director Marie McCarthy directs Tré Medley (John Leason), Kaffe Keating (Isaac Jaggard) and David Monteith (Richard Bardolph).
Opening on 22 September, with previews from 19 September, and running until 7 October, Compositor E explores the many unlikely fingerprints that write and re-write history. Dupré’s play follows 17-year-old apprentice typesetter, John, working on a commission of Shakespeare’s first-ever complete works as he processes his turbulent upbringing.
London 1623. Apprentice typesetter, 17-year-old John arrives to work under the mentorship of ambitious printer Isaac Jaggard on a potentially game-changing new commission – Shakespeare’s first-ever complete works.
As John grapples to stamp a manuscript of ‘Macbeth’ onto the page, fuelled by his dark past, he finds himself weaving his own narrative into the text. But as the ink sets, he begins questioning who the storytellers really are…
Presented in line with the 400th anniversary of the publication of the First Folio, Compositor E celebrates the power of words and explores the many unlikely fingerprints that write and re-write history.
Published by Methuen Drama and long listed for the prestigious Bruntwood Prize.