Tue 8 March - Sat 12 March
As You Like It
A Northern Broadsides and New Vic Theatre Co-production
In a stylish but stifling court, where the Duke is all powerful and brute strength is championed over basic human decency, the high-spirited Rosalind and devoted cousin Celia are no longer welcome. When they escape into the forest in disguise, they bump into the recent object of Rosalind’s affection, Orlando, leading to an elaborate game of fluid identity where all the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players.
As the seasons change in this magical place, normal roles dissolve and assumptions are turned on their head in this celebration of the transformative power of love and the natural world, featuring some of Shakespeare’s most vivid characters and memorable poetry. With a cast of 12 Northern actors, Northern Broadsides take to the road once more in a production by Laurie Sansom which captures the sheer joy of live performance and the crazy power of love to change the world.
“Northern Broadsides stage a dreamy quest… A colourful cast of characters dance round the maypole at the end of Laurie Sansom’s gender-quizzical staging. Designer EM Parry fits them out with a dressing-up box of mix-and-match outfits: sheepskin coat, cowboy hat, naval tunic, wedding veil, bodice and ruff. Frequently in this languid, autumnal production, Sansom fills the stage with people, bathed in a hazy light, more imaginary than real. The gorgeous accent of Adam Kashmiry’s Jacques, forged in Alexandria and Glasgow, adds to the otherworldly atmosphere”.
“Nuanced and stylish…
In a forest of towering, oversized hat stands, under a canopy of gently fluttering dresses, a band of exiles, lovers, fools and poets have found freedom and forgiveness. Lively crowd scenes populate mythic forests and ducal palaces alike with scurrying servants and bustling shepherds. Explosive wrestling bouts erupt with satisfyingly physical grappling overseen by veteran fight director Bethan Clark, while a sultry dream sequence sees stag-masked hunters writhing and dancing about the space. Designer EM Parry’s lavish, imaginative costumes form a real centrepiece in the production”.