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Take Two: A Comedy of Errors

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Shine a new light on Shakespeare
Theatre, Parramatta. Shakespeare, comedy, family, fun, drama, entertainment
Seeing double (image Riverside website)

Take Two: A Comedy of Errors written by William Shakespeare in the 1590s has been modernised in this child-friendly adaption by Hilary Bell. The language of the play has been updated with references to popular culture such as selfies, Bunnings, Instagram and Facebook but the unusual character and place names remain. The catchy music, singing and dancing are very entertaining as is the audience interaction and the cheeky asides of the cast.

Drama, comedy, Shakespeare, Parramatta, theatre, family, fun, humour
Colourful and craziness (production image)

This production directed by Stefo Nantsou is great fun for both children and adults and succeeds in giving one a greater appreciation of the words of Shakespeare. A Comedy of Errors is the tale of two cities, two sets of twins, mistaken identity and love and loss. Antipholus and Dromio times two can be confusing for the audience but spare a thought for the five actors who play thirteen widely varied roles between them. The costumes are simple but effective as is the setting of the sparkling sophisticated city of Ephesus. With a pair of glasses or a red beret, the main characters become their identical twins.

Drama, theatre, Shakespeare, comedy, humour, family, fun, Parramatta
Antipholus of Ephesus or Syracus? (production image)

The two sets of twins may be physically identical but their demeanour and nature is very different and makes one wonder about the nature vs nurture debate. Take Two : A Comedy Of Errors has something for everyone, it is a fabulous show to introduce children and reacquaint adults with the wonderful words of William Shakespeare.

Although silly and fun there are deeper meanings in the play such as the parting lines of the Dromios "we came into the world like brother and brother, and now let's go hand in hand, not one before another" which would be a good mantra for us all to live by.
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Why? To see the funny side of Shakespeare
When: General Public Performances Friday 13 September at 6:30pm Saturday 14 September at 2:30pm and 6:30pm Schools Performances Wednesday 11 September at 10:15am Thursday 12 September at 10:15am and 12:30pm Friday 13 September at 11am
Phone: Box office 02 8839 3399
Where: Riverside Theatre corner of Church and Market Streets, Parramatta
Cost: Adults $39, children $23, family of four $96 plus booking fees. Discounts for Riverside members, under 30s and groups of ten or more.
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