Review by a 9 Year Old
This show was a performance of As You Like It by Shakespeare. There were lots of characters in the show (too many
to name) but less actors so people played lots of parts.
In the show there were good, bad happy and sad bits. Our favourite character was the jester and our favourite part was
the end of the show when they all lived happily ever after (although it was not a fairytale). There was lots of costumes and
our favourite was jester-on-a-sheep costume. We got fistbumps and we got to hold the sheep! The show was outside so
you could take a picnic and you were given blankets.
We loved this show and we recommend it to anyone who likes Shakespeare.
Review by a 'Grown-Up'
The garden of St Peter's Church is a delightful setting for a play and Darkchat has visited this venue before. This year, we took the opportunity to have a picnic whilst watching 'As You Like It'. Some of us saw this play last year at the Royal Botanic Garden, where we enjoyed a picnic and the excellent Handlebards. 'As You Like It' has a complicated plot and we felt that another opportunity to get to grips with the story, whilst stuffing ourselves full of Scotch eggs, sausage rolls and tortillas, would be a good idea.
This is a well organised venue. We were provided with picnic blankets, as well as additional layers to keep us warm as the temperature dropped. There was ample time before the performance started to settle down and get most of our package opening out of the way (the Royal Botanic Garden could learn from this approach). While we enjoyed our food, we were beautifully serenaded by Anthony Allgood who we would later meet again as the capricious duke who sets the train of events in motion.
Then the play began, goodness, the plot is as complicated as I remembered from last year, with disguises, cross dressing and sub-plots galore. We certainly had to concentrate to remember which characters were women disguised as men and which women were playing parts more usually played by men. Fortunately the director, Oliver Stephens, and the cast made the staging of such a complex piece seem easy and the actors were expert at making themselves heard above occasional noise from the street.
There was some delightful interaction with the audience plus an all too brief appearance of what must surely be one of the funniest costumes of this year's Fringe Festival. Even the youngest Darkchatters (aged 9) were captivated. It is such an ensemble piece that it is difficult to single out individuals but Andre Bullock as Orlando and Anna Hawkes as Rosalind gave particularly memorable performances.
We left with a better understanding of the play and considerably less food than we started with.
Shakespeare in the Garden is at C South until August 27th (not 13th)
C South - Gardens (Venue 58) 18.45