2016 marks 400 years of the most famous storyteller of them all, William Shakespeare. Later this month we will be hosting one of his most famous and comedic tales, Twelfth Night, complete with a rocking twist. Here’s why it should be on your radar…
Filter Know Fun
For starters, this innovative production is from a theatre troupe that know a thing or two about reinvention. In addition to hosting their own productions, Filter are responsible for adapting texts as varied as Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle and Chekhov’s Three Sisters, turning each on its head and exploring fresh new angles. Their latest, an explosive combination of booze and the Bard, is no exception.
Like any good party, it’s always more fun if you let your hair down and get involved. While it’s by no means mandatory (the cast have enough planned to keep themselves busy), the party vibe is so strong that you may just feel compelled to join in with the on-stage revelry. Regardless of whether or not you decided to rock a ruff or stick on a shift, Filter’s Twelfth Night crew are bound to have you singing from the stalls with their infectious fun.
True to Text
Despite all these modern day additions, this raucous rendition of Twelfth Night remains wholly faithful to Shakespeare’s original text, albeit a little boozier than usual. All the usual suspects make an appearance – from estranged twins Viola and Sebastian, to the constantly thirsty Sir Toby Belch, and despite the production’s chaotic excess, its core themes of comedy, romance and mistaken identity shine through the party atmosphere haze.
Shake(speare) it up
Filter are no stranger to giving classic texts a facelift and with Twelfth Night they’ve transformed Bill’s timeless tale of unrequited love into a fully fledged rock show. Expect pizza and instruments old and new; from guitars, amps and drum kits to more traditional fare like a standup double bass and some good old fashioned vocal chords. All will be on stage and ready to rock. Party on.
Twelfth Night runs from Wed 11 – Sat 14 May. Book tickets here.
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