The Company

"Twelfth Night (or What You Will)" by William Shakespeare

Open air performance — 28th June 2017 at Dore

If music be the food of love, play on;
Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die.

There will be a special open air performance, Wednesday 28th June starting at 7:30pm on Dore Village Green Interval collection, bring a picnic.

In a time of war, peace sometimes breaks out! The Twentieth Century Mediterranean was a place of mistrust and political turmoil. In this time and place a tempest wrecks a ship. Viola and her twin, Sebastian, are trying to find peace after the death of their father but are cruelly separated in the storm, and each believes the other dead. Stranded in a hostile place, Illyria, Viola disguises herself as a man, Cesario. The times are dangerous for an unaccompanied woman. She discovers that Orsino, the local power loves the Lady Olivia. Olivia is mourning the loss of her father too and very suddenly her brother dies leaving her bereft; she chooses to cloister herself and admit no one to her. Viola decides to follow Orsino as his page and do his bidding but Viola loves Orsino. And in her embassy to Olivia she charms the lady and Olivia is in Love with Cesario! How will this Love triangle end?

The play was written in around 1601 in the aftermath of the Essex rebellion and a year or so after the failed second Spanish Armada. The State of England was in question. Elizabeth was getting older with no heir and the Political machinations of the English Catholics were becoming stronger. For Shakespeare the times were dangerous and life was short: his contemporaries were often in trouble for sedition and Christopher Marlowe was ‘killed in a brawl’ over a bill.

Erin Whyte
Lucy Jepson
Suzie James
Kuda Zambuko
John Ansari
Sir Toby
Alison Munro
Mandy Sims
Sir Andrew
Josh Cheesman
Ken Rowe
Amy Gunn
Nigel Harper
Sea Captain
Anirban Raha
Curio and first Officer
Michael Dempsey
Jamie Morgan
Phil Lloyd
Phil Lloyd
Alice Schofield
Elena Jouraleva
Alex Moore
Tim Jones