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Canberra Theatre Centre presents a The State Theatre Company of South Australia Production

The Popular Mechanicals

FROM THE EDUCATION OFFICER:
THE DREAM INTRODUCTION TO DRAMA FOR YOUR STUDENTS!
COMEDY. VAUDEVILLE. SLAPSTICK. FARCE. PHYSICAL THEATRE.

If you are looking for the best introduction to live theatre for your students then look no further than this outrageously funny production of The Popular Mechanicals! Students will be treated to a masterclass in comedic forms – slapstick, vaudeville, sketch and farce; not to mention puppetry, song, dance, physical theatre and wordplay of Shakespearian proportions!

This production, first directed by Geoffrey Rush, has become an Australian classic, drawing on our distinctly Australian humour to follow the Mechanicals – the most passionate amateur actors ever to be written for the stage, through their preparations to present a royal performance of Pyramus & Thisbe – the play is A Midsummer Night’s Dream presented from their perspective.

As an introduction to the subject of Drama or to inspire a love of live performance in your students, this work couldn’t be more perfect. Students will follow the hilarious Mechanicals through the process of auditions, casting announcements, rehearsals, show setbacks, poor publicity, losing props, actors going down, technical rehearsals, opening night nerves, stage fright, the performance not going to plan and learning that despite it all, the show must go on! The play is studded with lines from and references to almost every Shakespeare play ever written. It is pure joyous madness!

AVAILABILITY
Week 4, Term 4

SUITABILITY
Years 9–12

DATE
Thursday 2 November

TIME
11am

DURATION
90 minutes, no interval.

WARNINGS
Sexual references

FORM / STYLE
Vaudeville / Shakespeare / Physical comedy

COST

$25.00 each student for group bookings of 15 or more (with one teacher/minder free of charge for every 15 bookings).

Public Liability Insurance

For booking queries, please contact the Box Office
P: (02) 6275 2700
E: canberra.ticketing@act.gov.au

For education resources, please contact Education Officer Peter Van Rijswik
P: (02) 6243 5700
E: petervan.rijswijk@act.gov.au

 

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Thursday 2 November

Synopsis

KICK-ARSE THEATRE—HILARIOUS, IRREVERENT AND DELICIOUSLY WITTY

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, somehow surviving the misadventures brought on by their own sheer idiocy. The result is a riotously funny mix of Shakespearean verse, songs and dance that is lewd, rude and ingenious. Clowning, vaudeville, slapstick, farce, stand-up comedy and some hilarious puppetry come together to create an unhinged feast of wit.

First directed by Geoffrey Rush in 1987, The Popular Mechanicals holds a special place in the Australian comedic canon. This revival from State Theatre Company South Australia, directed by former STC Resident Director Sarah Giles, will lift the roof in the silliest ways imaginable.

Credits

PRESENTED BY
Canberra Theatre Centre presents a The State Theatre Company of South Australia Production

DIRECTOR
Sarah GIles

DESIGNER
Jonathon Oxlade

LIGHTING DESIGNER
Mark Pennington

COMPOSER / SOUND DESIGNER / MUSICAL DIRECTOR
David Heinrich

CHOREOGRAPHER
Gabrielle Nankivell

WITH
Lori Bell
Julie Forsyth
Charles Mayer
Tim Overton
Rory Walker

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