The Popular Mechanicals
198 Vincent Street Cessnock Performing Arts Centre, Cessnock, NSW, 2325, Australia
26th October 2017
A funny thing happened to on the way to the theatre this evening. Shakespeare’s greatest clowns - the rude mechanicals from 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. Perhaps the most famous group of amateur thespians of all time, the cast of the play-within-a-play Pyramus and Thisbe, bumble their way through rehearsals, misadventures and sheer idiocy in an hysterically funny mix of verse, song and dance. Using snippets of the existing text of A Midsummer Night’s Dream along with a gloriously cod version of Shakespearean English, the play exalts in its own roughness, extravagance of expression and frequent obscenity - in the nicest possible way. Clowning, vaudeville, slapstick, farce, stand-up comedy and bad puppetry come together with both witty badinage and fart jokes to create an anarchic and thrillingly unhinged carnival that revels in its own theatricality. A perfect romp that promises to lift the roof in the silliest ways imaginable.