Review: The Mechanicals

4 star rating
Well thought-out, hilarious, witty, physical and metaphorical, the show entertains, explains, represents and will leave with a satisfying sense of an hour very well spent.
The Mechanicals at the Etetera Theatre

Image: Foregone Conclusion Theatre Company



Closes here: Thursday 23 August 2018

Author:
William Shakespeare

Director:
Bryony Ruddock

Cast:

Bottom - Fergus Rattigan

Quince - Ella McLeod

Snout - Rowland Stirling

Snug - Kaitlin Cole

Flute - Sebastian Gray

Starveling - Sarah Hastings


Synopsis


"We know what we are, but know not what we may be."


In this high energy comedy, The Mechanicals have a difficult choice.


Do they stick with a good old piece of Pyramus and Thisbe to present to Hippolyta and Theseus on their nuptial day, or, something else?


Join Bottom, Quince, Snug, Snout, Starveling and Flute as they take on the audience's scene choices.


With 15 Shakespeare scenes to pick from; every show is different.


With The Mechanicals as your actors; anything could happen!


Who knows, we may even get round to a little Midsummer Night's Dream ...


Come along with our experienced cast of performers on a Shakespeare adventure where, let's face it, none of us really know what's going to happen.


This show is for both Shakespeare connoisseurs and for people who couldn't imagine sitting through a whole one ...


There's comedy, drama and adventure for people of any age!


The Mechanicals use a digital survey to ask each audience member, upon entry to the theatre, what scenes they would like to see in the show.


The data is then automatically analysed and the top 5 scene choices are revealed to both audience and actors.


What could possibly go wrong?


A lot, probably.


But we do love a challenge.


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Giacomo Iacopetti

Performance date: Thursday 23 August 2018
Review star rating image for 3 stars

With Shakespeare everyone has an opinion, sometimes distracting from the play, or the play within the play.


Not with this crew.


The Mechanicals are a rowdy bunch of jolly entertainers.


Their aim is to weave and tell a story for the benefit of the audience and for the sake of their own passion, theatre.


In this show, Foregone Conclusion and Nymph to a Rhinoceros have recruited the right cast and ideal director to take The Mechanicals beyond themselves.


The Mechanicals adapt and evolve the roles into beings even Shakespeare himself could not have foreseen, and yet never quite separate them from their true character and story.


The result is a show unique and renewed each time it goes on stage.


Throughout the scenes one not only tastes some of the plays, but the relationship each of The Mechanicals' characters have with their misfits and their companions.


Well thought-out, hilarious, witty, physical and metaphorical, the show entertains, explains, represents and will leave with a satisfying sense of an hour very well spent, or two hours, or more - if you want to experience the surprise of the same show becoming yet a different one from time to time.


A thread very well woven indeed.



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