Twelfth Night (or What You Will)

Sun & Moon Theatre

drama, picnic-theatre
age 12+

90 mins

'In delay there lies no plenty … youth's a stuff will not endure'

Sun & Moon Theatre have returned to Fringe Theatre Fest with Shakespeare's most delightful yet melancholic comedy, Twelfth Night (or What You Will).

As the First World War wages on, those back at home in Illyria try to forget, seeking distraction through frivolity, solace, and companionship. When refugee twins from Messaline, Viola and Sebastian, are shipwrecked and separated, they shake up this grief-stricken community. Believing her brother to be dead, Viola disguises herself as a young man and works for Orsino, a wounded soldier who craves the affection of the recently bereaved Olivia.

Conscious of life’s ephemerality, Shakespeare’s characters seize the day, resulting in mistaken identity, folly and love. Pack a picnic, bring blankets and chairs and prepare to be entertained by a vibrant ensemble production enriched with wit, passion and live music.

"Sun and Moon Theatre’s compassionate and intelligent retelling of ‘Twelfth Night’ delighted a full house … The decision to set it a hundred years ago, with echoes of terrible conflict far, but not far enough, away, is inspired."
★★★★ RemoteGoat

"[An] excellent production … the characterisation was spot on."
★★★★ Exepose

"From start to finish, the audience are constantly entertained, laughing at the audacity of Shakespeare’s humour, left breathless at the story at work and captivated by each and every performance."
★★★ An independent reviewer

Audience response:
"Wonderful play – a brilliant production" / "Great fun! Even for our children of 8/9 years" / "Such a fantastic performance … Loved every second" / "A genuine entertainment – very enjoyable" / "Amazing. As someone who sometimes struggles to understand Shakespeare, I found the performances totally clear and intensely funny" / "One of the funniest Shakespeares I have seen in a while!" / "Changed my mind about Shakespeare being rubbish at comedy!" / "Fun, brilliant, expressive. So enjoyable" / "Brilliant invention and clever use of props and devices."

Play On! A Shakespeare Workshop

‘If music be the food of love play on’
Sun & Moon Theatre are offering an hour-long workshop focusing on speech and text work in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (or What You Will). This company specialises in breaking down the barriers between actors and text, giving you the opportunity to play with Shakespeare’s words and make discoveries, exploring visual clues and unlocking thoughts and emotions.

Join them in The Tent On The Square, have fun and bring Shakespeare’s words to life!

Sunday 10:30am

age 14+
60 mins

About the company:
Sun & Moon Theatre was founded in 2013, originally under the name Midsummer Madness, by alumni from Year Out Drama Company and the University of Exeter. The company is invested in delighting their audience with joyous theatre, specialising in Shakespeare and working with First Folio scripts. Twelfth Night (or What You Will)’s close-knit ensemble all originate from contrasting backgrounds, each with differing skills and experience in the theatre industry. Their previous outdoor Shakespearean productions received glowing feedback ranging from "Wonderful … a joy to watch and a great way to introduce our secondary aged boys to Shakespeare", "A superb day out" and "Strong engaging performances" (The Two Gentlemen of Verona 2016), to "Talented" and "Brilliant" (The Tempest 2015) to "Highly entertaining … full of warmth and humour" (A Midsummer Night’s Dream 2014).

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