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Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night' - The Carving Theatre Company

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"In Illyria, nothing that is so is so. Music and madness intertwine with love and mischief forcing a young shipwreck survivor, Viola, to assume a new identity in order to navigate her survival - along the way twisting the rules of gender...and attraction."

Credit: The Carving Theatre Company

Captivating audiences for hundreds of years (and counting!), a Shakespearian delight is set to bring the Hares & Hyenas performance venue to life in an absurd and chaotic theatre piece not be missed. The Carving Theatre Company invites you to experience Shakespeare's Twelfth Night next weekend on 6th, 7th and 8th December, with a preview session on Wednesday 4th December.

Book tickets here and keep an eye on the Facebook page for updates and a wonderful 'Who's Who in Twelfth Night?' insight into the thoughts and comments of the talented cast and crew.

Who's the director, you may ask? I have been in touch with the passionate Jayde Kirchert, who is very excited to share the production with you. Along with Chris Beasley (who has created original music for Twelfth Night) and Zoy Frangos, Jayde is a founding member of The Carving Theatre Company, an independent group which aims to nurture emerging performers. Sometimes with song and music, and ranging from contemporary works to classical and all that lies in between, their works are carefully crafted to tickle, disturb, excite and feed you, to make you question and to make you think.

On this venture, Jayde is leading a team of professional actors and crew, all of whom are living the theatre-world dream of working with a Shakespeare play. I asked Jayde whether this particular production is a modern interpretation, or a classical reproduction.

"We have made minimal cuts and changes to the text and are staying true to a vibrant, fast paced and audience focused interpretation. The staging is very physically demanding of actors and delightfully comic for audiences. With live instruments to make sound effects, no amplification of actors' voices and a focus on rhythm and pace that is true to the text, this production has some modern ideas but very true to a traditional way of playing Shakespeare that is fun and energised. It is set in no particular time period, rather we have created an Illyria that is musical, whimsical and a place of liminality where "nothing that is so is so"..."

Working with the unmanipulated, rich language and rhythm, the group have been vigorously nourishing their creative energies evermore over the past weeks, and cultivating exciting performances for a story which still resonates with audiences today. A romantic comedy of sorts, they will transport you to a world of fun, hilarity and intrigue, with a hope to make audience members feel like a part of the show, as well as observers. Jayde particularly likes using spaces which can delve into the set- using surrounding architecture, for example, to create an immersive experience.

With the Carving Theatre Company, you can be sure to indulge in an exhilarating performance of 'Twelfth Night.'

How much: preview- $10 conc/student, $15 full, Fri-Sun $15 conc/student, $20 full, book here

Who: Directed by Jayde Kirchert
Original music by Chris Beasley

Costumes by Marc McIntyre

Viola - Alana Tranter
Olivia - Hannah Fredericksen
Maria - Isabelle Reynaud
Feste - Nelson Gardner
Malvolio - Evan Lever
Antonion/Captain/Curio - Andrew Doyle
Sebastian - Michael Nikou
Orsino/Sir Andrew Aguecheek - Gareth Prosser
Sir Toby Belch - Simon Alderman
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Why? to enjoy a Shakespeare-flavored comic romance riddled with disguise, trickery and love
When: Preview on Wednesday 4th Dec (8pm), regular performances on Friday 6th Dec (8pm), Saturday 7th Dec (8pm) and Sunday 8th Dec (6.30pm)
Where: Hares & Hyenas, 63 Johnston St, Fitzroy VIC 3065
Cost: preview- $10 conc/student, $15 full, Fri-Sun $15 conc/student, $20 full
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