The Popular Mechanicals
32 Burelli Street, Wollongong, NSW, 2500, Australia
18th October 2017 to 21st October 2017
A perfect romp that delivers in the silliest ways imaginable. First directed by Geoffrey Rush in 1987, The Popular Mechanicals holds a special place in the Australian comedic canon, and this hysterically funny revival features a cast of fine theatrical pranksters including Helpmann Award-winner Julie Forsyth (The Dream). Shakespeare’s greatest clowns — the six endearingly amateur actors who give a daffy royal command performance for the wedding of Theseus and Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream — take centre stage in this wild reimagining of what might have happened off-stage during the Bard’s most loved comedy. The troupe bumbles its way through rehearsals of Pyramus and Thisbe, somehow surviving the misadventures brought on by their own sheer idiocy. The result is a riotously funny mix of Shakespearean verse, song and dance that is lewd, rude and ingenious. Clowning, vaudeville, slapstick, farce, stand-up comedy and some hilarious puppetry come together to create an anarchic and bawdy carnival that revels in its own theatricality. Recommended for ages 13+. Contains adult themes. A State Theatre Company South Australia Production By Keith Robinson, William Shakespeare and Tony Taylor. Original direction by Geoffrey Rush.