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Shakespeare would be proud of this show's drunken antics
Overall rating: ★★★★★ Warning: sexual references, coarse language, alcohol abuse
Shit-Faced Shakespeare returns to the Adelaide Fringe with their award-winning, sell-out Shakespeare play with an entirely shit-faced actor. The Australian premiere of the latest Shit-Faced show takes aim at the Shakespeare comedy - A Midsummer's Night Dream.
You can Google the plot of A Midsummer's Night Dream but you don't need any prior Shakespearean knowledge to enjoy this show. However, if you didn't get the chance to see the Shit-faced rendition of Romeo and Juliet last year, I'll break down the premise of a Shit-faced production for you.
A cast of five classically trained performers stage a very serious production of a Shakespeare play. Unfortunately, for four of these actors, one member of the cast is plied with too much liquor for the best of us to get home safe, let alone perform some of the greatest English writing of all time. No matter their role, a different actor is chosen each night and becomes the crowd favourite as they try to remember their lines or give up on the story altogether. It is up to the skills of the remaining sober actors to improvise along with their drunk cast mate without chuckling along themselves.
The show's host negotiates the drunk performer, and often a drunker audience, into behaving during the show. Of course, if the drunk actor appears to be sobering up during the performance, two audience members get to bang their gong or blow their trumpet (once) to make the inebriated performer take a drink. There's also a bucket forů you know.
Although the premise seems like it could be over done with bad acting, the drunk antics seem genuine, and at the very least watching the sober cast members try to keep the show on track is hilarious. And with a different drunk actor every night, no two shows are ever the same.
Catch Shit-Faced Shakespeare: A Midsummer's Night Dream at Gluttony during Adelaide Fringe until March 17th.
I imagine the Bard himself would be laughing along at the drunk antics.