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The Popular Mechanicals

Mildura Arts Centre presents
A State Theatre Company South Australia production

By Keith Robinson, William Shakespeare and Tony Taylor
Original direction by Geoffrey Rush.

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 a 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.

Creative Team:
Director:  Sarah Giles
Designer:Jonathon Oxlade
Lighting Designer: Mark Pennington
Composer/Sound Designer/
Musical Director: David Heinrich
Choreographer: Gabrielle Nankivell

Nick Bottom / Mowldie: Charles Mayer
Peter Quince: Rory Walker
Francis Flute: Tim Overton
Snug: Holly Austin
Tom Snout: Lori Bell
Robin Starveling: Julie Forsyth

Age 13+

Thursday 28 September 2017
Location: Mildura Arts Centre
Time: 7.30pm
Duration: 90 minutes (no interval)
Tickets: Full $45, Conc. $40, 18 and under $20, Group 4 + $35pp
Mildura Rural City Council and Mildura Arts Centre

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