Head thee to ye Olde Council Chambers at Trades Hall to see the Soothplayers Completely Improvised Shakespeare resurrect The Bard at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Book your tickets here.
Sporting billowed sleeves and pantaloons and a live minstrel, this talented ensemble present an Elizabethan experience like no other. On entry, you feel as if you have entered another world, as you are greeted by the actors in Shakespearian language and see them warming up and preparing for the show, as they would in Elizabethan times.
The audience is asked three questions 1) What is your favourite colour? 2) What is your favourite Shakespearian play? 3) What is your favourite sport?
On this particular night, the audience responses were 'green, Macbeth, and Wrestlemania'. But this did not phase the 'Soothplayers' for within seconds they were able to produce a wacky and hilarious version of Hamlet where Horatio fails to meet his father's expectations of masculinity and to prove himself consults the witches from Macbeth, to assist him to win a match of 'Wrestlemania' and prove his manhood.
As you can imagine, the plot gets tricky and the audience are in raptures with the absurdity of the relationships that pursue. However, the ensemble never misses a beat and improvises this tale without dropping lines or character.
Make sure you get to Soothplayers, 'Completely Improvised Shakespeare' this comedy festival. Even if you were not a fan of Shakespeare at school, you may be converted after this show. It's a lot of fun, and hey, you might even invest in your own pair of pantaloons.