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The Popular Mechanicals

BY KEITH ROBINSON, WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE AND TONY TAYLOR, ORIGINAL DIRECTION BY GEOFFREY RUSH

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THE THEATRE ROYAL PRESENTS A STATE THEATRE COMPANY SOUTH AUSTRALIA PRODUCTION

Shakespeare’s greatest clowns—the rude mechanicals from A Midsummer Night’s Dream— take centrestage 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-aplay Pyramus and Thisbe, bumble their way through a hysterically funny mix of verse, song and dance.

Using snippets of the existing text of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the play exalts in its own roughness, extravagance of expression and frequent obscenity— in the nicest possible way. Clowning, vaudeville, slapstick, stand-up comedy and bad puppetry come together with both witty badinage and fart jokes to create an anarchic and thrillingly unhinged carnival.

First directed by Geoffrey Rush in 1987, The Popular Mechanicals holds a special place in the Australian comedic canon. Directed by former Sydney Theatre Company Resident Director, Sarah Giles, it’s a perfect romp that promises to lift the roof.

Director: Sarah Giles
Designer: Jonathon Oxlade
Lighting Designer: Mark Pennington
Composer/Sound Designer/Musical Director: David Heinrich
Choreographer: Gabrielle Nankivell

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The Popular Mechanicals

Theatre Royal
29 Campbell Street, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Theatre Royal

29 Campbell Street, Hobart

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