dates fast. It's a fact. Just try watching an old
sitcom and sit there as references that have the audience hooting like
gibbons on nitrous oxide leave you glacially cold. So imagine
problem when the comedy is four hundred years old.
good comedy doesn't rely on topic references - it's about
character and situation, and that's why I picked Comedy of Errors as my
first (and hopefully not last) play directed for the
It's a Comedy Engine, pure plot and pure farce. Act One Scene
is necessary exposition, then roll on Scene Two and whoosh, we're away
. Two sets of twins, unaware of one another's existence,
confusion as mistaken identity collides with disadvantageous situation
to create a riot of comedy.
luckily graced with a strong and experienced cast who exemplified
what, to me, is the Villagers chief virtue - the simple ability,
without much in the way of props and nothing in the way of technical
backup, to adapt and perform in whatever space is available.
all jazz and the Villagers can play.
not one of Shakespeare's most poetic plays, but I like it.
We made a lot of people laugh a lot and had a good time about it
ourselves. And once again I want to apologise to Ian Wright
any damage to his knuckles during our fight scene.