Go to The Popular Mechanicals

This show is part of Collected Works 2017

Show details:

Synopsis

1–4 November 2017


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A FUNNY THING HAPPENED TO ME ON THE WAY TO THE THEATRE THIS EVENING 

Shakespeare’s greatest clowns—the rude mechanicals from A Midsummer Night’s Dream— take centre-stage in this wild reimagining of what might have happened off-stage during the Bard’s most loved comedy. Perhaps the most famous group of amateur thespians of all time, the cast of the play-within-a-play Pyramus and Thisbe, bumble their way through rehearsals, misadventures and sheer idiocy in an hysterically funny mix of verse, song and dance.

Using snippets of the existing text of A Midsummer Night’s Dream along with a gloriously cod version of Shakespearean English, the play exalts in its own roughness, extravagance of expression and frequent obscenity—in the nicest possible way.

Clowning, vaudeville, slapstick, farce, stand-up comedy and bad puppetry come together with both witty badinage and fart jokes to create an anarchic and thrillingly unhinged carnival that revels in its own theatricality.

First directed by Geoffrey Rush in 1987, The Popular Mechanicals holds a special place in the Australian comedic canon and is ripe for revival with a cast of our best theatrical clowns and directed by former Sydney Theatre Company Resident Director Sarah Giles. A perfect romp that promises to lift the roof in the silliest ways imaginable.

“As beautiful as it is silly” The Advertiser


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Dates

Gala Opening – Wednesday 1 November, 8pm

Thursday 2 November, 8pm

Friday 3 November, 8pm

Saturday 4 November, 2pm & 8pm

 

 

 

Credits

PRESENTED BY:
Canberra Theatre Centre presents a The State Theatre Company of South Australia Production

DIRECTOR:
Sarah GIles

DESIGNER:
Jonathon Oxlade

LIGHTING DESIGNER:
Mark Pennington

SOUND DESIGNER / COMPOSER / MUSICAL DIRECTOR:
David Heinrich

CHOREOGRAPHER:
Gabrielle Nankivell

WITH:
Lori Bell
Julie Forsyth
Charles Mayer
Tim Overton
Rory Walker

Details

PRESENTED BY:
Canberra Theatre Centre presents a The State Theatre Company of South Australia Production

CATEGORY:
Theatre

DURATION
:
90 minutes, no interval

WARNINGS:
TBC

SUIT CHILDREN?: 
TBC

GROUP BOOKINGS:
Group tickets are not available online.
To make a group booking, please phone
(02) 6275 2700 during business hours or
email groups@canberratheatrecentre.com.au

VENUE:
The Playhouse
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Access

Tactile TourTACTILE TOUR
Saturday 4 November, 1pm

Audio DescribedAUDIO DESCRIBED
Saturday 4 November, 2pm

Closed CaptionedCAPTIONED
Saturday 4 November, 2pm

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Thursday 2 November

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