The Popular Mechanicals The Popular Mechanicals
State Theatre Company of South Australia
Touring Show
6 Nov 2015 to 4 Nov 2017
Duration - 2 hours


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Tour Dates and Locations
6 Nov 201528 Nov 2015Adelaide Festival Centre - Space Theatre
Tickets & Sessions: $31 - $58 ...more
6 Apr 201713 May 2017Wharf 2 Theatre (Sydney Theatre)
Tickets & Sessions: TBC ...more
1 Nov 20174 Nov 2017CANBERRA THEATRE CENTRE
Tickets & Sessions: $25 - $65 ...more

Synopsis
Presented by State Theatre Company
By Keith Robinson, William Shakespeare and Tony Taylor. From the original direction by Geoffrey Rush


A funny thing happened to me on the way to the theatre this evening
 

Shakespeare’s greatest clowns—the rude mechanicals from A Midsummer Night’s Dream— take centre-stage in this wild reimagining of what might have happened off-stage during the Bard’s most loved comedy. Perhaps the most famous group of amateur thespians of all time, the cast of the play-within-a-play Pyramus and Thisbe, bumble their way through rehearsals, misadventures and sheer idiocy in an hysterically funny mix of verse, song and dance.

Using snippets of the existing text of A Midsummer Night’s Dream along with a gloriously cod version of Shakespearean English, the play exalts in its own roughness, extravagance of expression and frequent obscenity—in the nicest possible way.

Clowning, vaudeville, slapstick, farce, stand-up comedy and bad puppetry come together with ...more
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