Night of Errors becomes chaos
ADELAIDE actor Renato Musolino has gone from a near train wreck to a Comedy of Errors.
Musolino stepped in for Barry Otto when he had to withdraw from the South Australian State Theatre Company’s (STC) 2013 Adelaide Festival show, The Kreutzer Sonata in March.
Now he’s playing Dromio of Syracuse, part of a twin set with Nathan O’Keefe in Shakespeare’s The Comedy Of Errors, which lands on the Gold Coast after its two-week debut season in Adelaide.
‘‘At least I’ve had a chance to rehearse this properly,’’ Musolino says.
‘‘Things get very complicated and very funny.’’
The new show, part of The Arts Centre Gold Coast’s 2103 subscription season, is a collaboration between STC and Bell Shakespeare, the two companies joining forces to bring one of Shakespeare’s earliest plays into the present day.
‘‘We have presented Bell productions in the past but it’s the first time we’ve built something from the ground up with them,’’ STC artistic director Geordie Brookman says.
After its debut at Adelaide’s Dunstan Playhouse, The Comedy Of Errors lands on the Coast to launch a six-month national tour to 31 venues in every state and territory, culminating with a season at the Sydney Opera House.
‘‘It’s really important that we remind national audiences that we are here making really good work,’’ Brookman says.
The play’s Sydney-based director Imara Savage says it has been exciting to work on The Comedy Of Errors with a new creative team and actors.
Savage has shifted the comedy’s setting from daytime to occur over the course of a big night out. ‘‘I wanted to evoke the feeling of a night out that starts off relatively benign and becomes increasingly chaotic and surreal,’’ she says.
The Comedy of Errors.
Bell Shakespeare The Comedy of Errors plays The Arts Centre Gold Coast on Wednesday at 7.30pm and July 18 at 11am. Visit theartscentregc.com.au or call 5588 4000 to book.
Adelaide actor Renato Musolino
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