Festival opens with Shakespeare farce

Garioch theatre festival kicks off with a performance of A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare performed by Garidge Theatre Company. Picture: Susann Brown
Garioch theatre festival kicks off with a performance of A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare performed by Garidge Theatre Company. Picture: Susann Brown
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The Garioch theatre festival kicks off tonight (Thursday) with a production of William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors. Director Rhona Mitchell said: “We’ve got a very exciting young cast this year - for many of them it’s their first show and many of them don’t know quite what to expect yet.

“It’s really good that some of the experienced ones can hold down these substantial Shakespearean roles and Imogen Watt and Paul Patterson who play Dr Pinch and one of his puppeteers respectively, have put in a huge amount of work with their magic tutor and puppeteer to be able to perform their roles.”

Puppets are used to introduce the back story which is one of the longest speeches of the play. Rhona explained: “I felt the opening scene of the back story was very wordy so I thought something visual would break it up a bit for the audience.

“I picked this play because it’s so daft - you can have girls performing the boy’s roles and vice versa - it’s so farcical that you can do almost anything with it.”

For full details of the varied festival programme running from Thursday, June 23 to Friday, July 8 visit http://www.gariochtheatrefestival.org.uk.