by William Shakespeare

Performed: Jul 2009

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What happens when a bunch of shipwrecked mariners wash up on an island peopled by the indolent rich who spend their time in love intrigues? The cat is very much put among the pigeons and the old love order is turned upside down. But the lovers must watch out, there are pranksters about!

Twelfth Night is a play about love and self love, about who we are and what we are about. Following their successful tour of King Lear, RoughCast Theatre Company staged an outside production of this Shakespeare favourite featuring those much loved characters Malvolio, Sir Toby Belch and Sir Andrew Aguecheek.

The play is set loosely in the early 1980s, a time of New Romantics and the beginnings of modern Goths. In contrast to today, it was a time of excess. Greed was good. And we find people in this play who have wealth enough to do little more than spend their time navel gazing about themselves and the state of their emotions. We also find people who, though not wealthy themselves, are social hangers-on who have nothing better to do than play tricks on others. It is very much the world of the Hoorahs. But into this self-contained world come people with real emotions and bring it back down to Earth.

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