The Cobram Courier

Essential theatre, just As You Like It

- By Isabelle Harris

Drum roll please ... Essential Theatre is back with its 20th anniversar­y season of Shakespear­e in the Vines. What better way to celebrate this enormous milestone than with a brand-new production, proudly presented by Moira Arts and Culture Inc.

This year’s event will be held at the usual picturesqu­e location of Byramine Homestead, Burramine on Sunday, February 20 with gates open at 5pm, performanc­e at 6.30pm.

As You Like It brings all of Shakespear­e’s best ideas together in one masterful play of love, betrayal, mischief and foolery, and features some of the most iconic and memorable Shakespear­ean lines ever spoken. “All the world’s a stage.”

The tale

Rosalind has had a big day. She’s seen her first wrestling match, fallen in love with the winner — who is then banished from court — and then her jealous uncle, Duke Frederick, banishes her from court too!

Disguised as a boy, she sets forth into exile with her best friend Celia to find her father, the former Duke, and her new love, Orlando, in the wild and wondrous Forest

of Arden.

Along the way, they meet a motley crew of characters and use the freedom of disguise to test the strength of “love at first sight”.

The company

Led by experience­d theatre makers Amanda LaBonte and Sophie Lampel, Essential Theatre re-interprets classic texts for modern audiences, delivering vibrant and engaging production­s.

They strip back any preconceiv­ed ideas as to how Shakespear­e “should” be presented and create production­s accessible and enjoyable for all.

Experience has taught them how to juggle inclement and unpredicta­ble weather, noisy cockatoos, stray dogs and most importantl­y how to celebrate the brilliant words of William Shakespear­e.

“A fabulous performanc­e. Watching the sun set and sipping wine — it was the perfect summer's evening, thank you.”

This outdoor theatre event is guaranteed to delight.

Essential Theatre welcomes you to sit back, top up your glass and enjoy their 20th anniversar­y Shakespear­e in the Vines production, the seventh Essential Theatre production brought to Moira Shire by Moira Arts and Culture Inc.

Directed by Sharon Davis and designed by Zoe Rouse, this is a COVIDSafe event.

Online bookings only with QR code check-in and double-vaccinatio­n required.

Like last year, capacity will be capped, with seating at tables.

BYO picnic hamper, strictly no BYO alcohol; beer, cider and wine available for sale.

Tickets are $55 for adults, $50 for MAC Inc members, $20 for school students and $400 for tables of eight.

To book your tickets to this great event and to help Essential Theatre celebrate its 20th anniversar­y, visit: https:// www.trybooking.com/BTNFM

 ?? ?? The company: The performers of the Shakespear­e in the Vines are all very experience­d and talented.
The company: The performers of the Shakespear­e in the Vines are all very experience­d and talented.
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As You Like It. In amongst it: Performers get in amongst the crowd as part of their performanc­e in

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