The Popular Mechanicals
State Theatre Company South Australia presents
The Popular Mechanicals

1 Nov 2017 to 4 Nov 2017

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 both witty badinage and fart jokes to create an anarchic and thrillingly unhinged carnival that revels in its own theatricality.

First directed by Geoffrey Rush in 1987, The Popular Mechanicals holds a special place in the Australian comedic canon and is ripe for revival with a cast of our best theatrical clowns, led by the inimitable Amber McMahon and directed by former Sydney Theatre Company Resident Director Sarah Giles. A perfect end-of year romp that promises to lift the roof in the silliest ways imaginable.

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Canberra Theatre Centre
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2 hours
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