Ah! It was so fantastic! Today, as you probably know, I went to the Shakespeare festival in the park, which consisted of the Elizabethan music, and Romeo and Juliet comedy spoof and the full performance of Twelfth Night as portrayed by the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble and directed by Michael Forde.
I was a bit put off at first by the glaring heat and bad vision during Romeo and Juliet, but before Twelfth Night began, we moved up into the very front so we were less than five metres from the stage. We had our ice tea and M&Ms all ready, and we stretched out our legs, took off our shoes and reapplyed our sunscreen.
It was absolutely enchanting! Fully proffessional and brilliantly acted, a story I was previously so unfamiliar with was brought out in all its glory. The actors were absolutely superb, Feste and Malvolio especially so. At times I nearly cried with laughter because of how fantastically they portrayed these characters.
Feste, (played by Sandro Colarelli), was hilarious with his amazingly Looney-Tunes-like Spanish impersonation and his gorgeous performance of the several original songs that dotted the play.
|Feste posing as the priest, Topaz|
Then, my other favourite, Malvolio, played by Eugene Gilfedder. If you haven't read or seen the play, do! His character is at once so hilarious and pompous, gullible and silly, but endearing for all his act of being the only serious and mature steward in Olivia's service.
|Malvolio scolding the drunken Sir Toby, Aguecheek and Fabian|
|Malvolio reading Maria's letter, written in Olivia's hand as a prank|
|Malvolio wearing cross-gartered yellow stockings and smiling to please Olivia|
|The drunk Aguecheek with Feste|
|Sir Andrew Aguecheek and Sir Toby Belch|
|The duel between Sir Toby and Antonio|
|Aguecheek, Sir Toby, Feste and Maria contriving their prank against Malvolio|
|Feste's closing song with the whole cast|
In case it's of interest, here is the cast list.
MALVOLIO - Eugene Gilfedder
MARIA - Barbara Lowing
FESTE - Sandro Colarelli
VIOLA - Kathryn Fray
OLIVIA - Anna Mowry
TOBY BELCH - Toss Levi
SIR ANDREW AGUECHEEK - Kynan Francic
ORSINO - Michael Sams
SEBASTIAN - Daniel Grey
FABIAN - Tony Brockman
ANTONIO - Vanja Matula
CURIO - Aleathea Monsour
Well, that was an absolutely wonderful performance, and unexpectedly hilarious! It was well worth every second!