- Eastgate Theatre: Saturday 23rd August 2014
- Carlops Village Hall: Saturday 30th August 2014
Written by Douglas Roberts
Directed and Produced by Kath Mansfield and Richard Nisbet
In both, Shakespeare has a terrible case of mind block. In Shakespeare’s Canon Roberts has two characters as his leads but Shakespeare cannot quite place them in any of his current plots. These two characters, made famous in a previous Stoppard play, go through the highs and lows of meeting Hamlet, Titania, Oberon, Miranda, Macbeth, Witches and Fairies, sea storms, shipwrecks and trees. TREES! Oh, and not to forget death. Wait until the end and all are dead! There are no dogs in this one – so pet lovers have no fear. And NO TWINS! Shakespeare himself is on stage the entire time. Well in this instance herself; a female Shakespeare in the pint-size of Anna Tweedy. Don a moustache who would know? Kind of ironic considering females were banned from acting in Shakespeare’s time. Why didn’t James I, when he made Shakespeare’s troupe, the King’s Men, commission several portraits of the man and several biographies and maybe an autobiography? It would have made today less populated by fat academics debating who he was and how he looked . Maybe Shakespeare WAS a woman! Willhelmena!
As ten years ago, this production is directed by Kathleen Mansfield and performed by some of the committed youngsters. From the first performance of Shakespeare at Traquair, 20 years ago, the youngsters are the heartbeat: the raindrops that made a sea. Their energy will take you into the mind of that well-known, but so elusive writer, Shakespeare. It will prove a wonderful journey. Start with the short walk or drive to the Eastgate or Carlops Village Hall and enter that place of imagination. We believe you will enjoy yourselves.