Great programme for Theatre Festival

Twelfth Night: An alternative production will be revealed at the Garioch Theatre Festival next month. Picture: Michael Watt
Twelfth Night: An alternative production will be revealed at the Garioch Theatre Festival next month. Picture: Michael Watt
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Preparations are in full swing for Garioch Theatre Festival 2012, which promises an exciting mix of workshops, professional theatre, youth theatre and exhibition.

This year Mitchell School of Drama (MSD) brings a brand new production of Shakespeare’s late comedy of love, loss, deception and confusion intertwined with teenage dreams, mobiles and social media.

But there is so much more. Based on Oscar Wilde’s much-loved children’s story, The Selfish Giant is performed in the Folding Theatre Puppet Company’s distinctive and beautiful style, and Garidge Theatre presents ‘Heroes’, a comedy by Gerald Sibleyras - ‘Le Vent Des Peupliers’ (The Wind in the Poplars) featuring three ‘old soldiers’ from the first world war who are now living in a French military retirement home.

In spite of the sad loss of Charles Barron, Fleeman Productions will adopt Charles’s stance that “the show must go on” and will perform his new Doric comedy, Skirlie where something strange is boiling up in the kitchens. Fleeman Productions takes the lid off the plot of this bubbling Doric comedy.

And there is slapstick in a clown style exploration of relationships involving a chair, as three men try to avoid a kick in the pants. By the seat of your pants is a hilarious family show.

As usual the Theatre Festival will include a community event to create a piece of street entertainment in a short time. Led by Scott Armstrong.

For full details of dates and ticket prices, summer workshop and technical training, visit www.rhonamitchell.co.uk/theatre-festival.html.