This summer Essential Theatre proudly presents Shakespeare’s delightful comedy - Twelfth Night.
“If music be the food of love, play on”
Essential Theatre Co Artistic Director Amanda LaBonte returns to direct this laugh out loud comedy, one of her favourites in the canon. Amanda has a wealth of experience performing Shakespeare, and brings a fresh eye to this hilarious yet heartbreaking tale of unrequited love. We also welcome back designer, Amaya Vecellio, to weave her magic on our costumes and bring the world of Ilyria to life.
The cast of 8 professional actors will take you on a joyful ride, as Deviation Road transforms into the magical land of Illyria.
After a raging shipwreck, Viola finds herself washed ashore, separated by her twin brother, Sebastian, and alone on the beach of Illyria. This town is familiar, but somewhat strange - a dreamland where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem.
To survive, Viola immerses herself into this new land. She discovers a melancholic Duke, a pair of jovial drunkards, a sullen servant and cross-dressing lovers. Mischief ensues - hearts are tangled, pranks are played, and poor Viola finds herself right in the middle of a love triangle!
We invite you to join this journey with Viola, be delighted by the unforgettable characters and thrilled by the adventures that this strange yet wonderful land has to offer.
Shakespeare beautifully balances the anguish of unrequited love, and the high spirit of clever comedy in this hilarious tale, Twelfth Night .
“high energy, tight ensemble, dynamic … don’t miss this”
* * * * 5 stars, Richard Flynn, Adelaide Theatre Guide
“ an excellent performance, one of the best I have seen..full of action and energy, the ensemble clearly enjoyed themselves, and that excitement spilled over into the audience.” Audience member, NSW
Gates open 6pm, for a 7pm show start. The play will be two acts of approximately
55 minutes each with a 20 minute interval.
If you have purchased your tickets as a CONCESSION, make sure you have your concession card with you to be validated on entry.
Seating will be available, or you can bring low chairs and picnic blankets. If you have purchased your tickets as a SABRE member, you will be allocated reserved seating. Disabled seating will also be allocated.
You are welcome to bring your own picnic. If you have pre-ordered a Hamper via our website they will be available for collection when you arrive. We will also have some spares available for purchase on the night for $30 (vegetarian option available).
No BYO drinks. Our full range of wines will be available to purchase by the bottle and glass, as well as a selection of beer and soft drinks. There will be a $5 glass deposit required, which will be redeemable when you return your glass at the end of the evening.
Programs will be available to purchase for $5.