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LET THE SHAKESPEARIAN REVELS COMMENCE

June 12, 2014

RST Cast w - CopyIf you ever thought Shakespeare boring, take a look at the cast for Twelfth Night.
With more smiles than split-peas in a Pease pudding the players are now at the top of their game and ready to perform in Raphael Park next week.
The first performance of one of Shakespeare’s funniest comedies, starts for a seven show run from Thursday June 19 at the Rockery theatre in the picturesque Main Road park.
Directed by Vernon Keeble Watson, Romford’s very own Master of the Revels, and sometimes ‘doth counterfeit’ as Dogberry, has achieved a tight knit cast of new and getting-more-mature-by-the-moment actors.
Elle and Abby blonds wThey will tell the story of a shipwreck off the coast of Illyria in which twin brother and sister Sebastian and Viola, believe the other drowned.
Thinking her only way into the world of men is to become one, Viola adopts her brother Sebastian’s name and trousers and with a few adjustments, sallies forth being accepted in a group of nobles as Sebastian. (above: Ellie Burgess and Abby Boyer as Sebastian and Sebastian!)
Malvolio in torment - CopyWhich she does with remarkable success and in two hours causes more confusion as her twin brother also survived and is now abroad in the self same group of nobles as himself. (picture right Alex Muckersie as Malvolio working out what he has done to deserve being kidnapped)
The story is 500 years old so I will not spoil the surprise when I say it has a happy ending.
Romford Summer Theatre has been producing annual Shakespeare comedies in the Park for more than five decades, and using the adaptability of the Bard’s writing, have taken the plays some very exotic locations in time but retaining the witty dialogue that was the mark of William S.
Tickets are a mere £10 and available at the entrance which is a large Oak tree at the north end of the lake.
RST Twelfth Night poster and flyer smaller lettering.inddIn a balmy setting, the little coppice of tall trees becomes a cathedral of light and sound where the works of England’s finest playwright are performed.
Lacking a closing roof, inclement weather (belting down with rain) will delay or cancel a performance but with six more spanning two weeks, returned monies can purchase seats for one of the other evenings.
Sunday June 22 is a family matinee starting at 3 pm and all evenings begin at 8 pm.
Words of caution, bring warm clothing as a strong wind thundering over the length and breadth of the lake can be quite refreshing, but for a few moments only, and the other items to be aware of is the odd duck wadding through the seating as well as Raphael Park’s noted squadrons of Mosquitoes out for a late lunch.
The other Shakespearean tradition is for the audience to bring in well rotted fruit to display their displeasure or malicious streak and aimed at the actors. For this unusual intent, a special row of seating will be allocated in the lake, but beware as the actors might just throw it back.
A Jest of course, but symbolic of the atmosphere you can expect when William Shakespeare sets quill to parchment.

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