The Popular Mechanicals

The Popular Mechanicals

When: October 5, 2017, 7:30 pm
Venue: Theatre Royal (Hobart)
Address: 29 Campbell Street Hobart TAS, Australia (map)
Organizer: Theatre Royal (Hobart) (This event have been posted on Facebook first)

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

Following their riotous reception in 2015, the cast of State Theatre Company South Australia’s The Popular Mechanicals are heading to the Theatre Royal!

This play of mischief, song and sheer silliness was a smash-hit with audiences and critics alike in Adelaide with The Australian saying “the excellent cast is inventive and versatile” and Scenestr declaring it “hilarious from the get-go”.

First directed by Geoffrey Rush in 1987, The Popular Mechanicals is inspired by the Rude Mechanicals of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The play follows the back story of Shakespeare’s greatest clowns; the group of amateur thespians who stage the ridiculously earnest and unintentionally hysterical Pyramus and Thisbe.

This production stars a troupe of the next generation’s best comedic talents, led by multi-Helpmann Award-winning actress Julie Forsyth. They are joined on stage by Holly Austin, Lori Bell, Charles Mayer, Nathan O’Keefe and Rory Walker.

With excerpts from the original text of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Popular Mechanicals rejoices in its own extravagance of expression. Farce, slapstick and bad puppetry combine joyfully together in this anarchically unhinged carnival that revels in its own theatricality. The cast of the play-within-a-play star in their very own behind-the-scenes romp of what might have happened off-stage during the Bard’s most loved comedy.

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