Shakespeare with Kiwi twist gets laughs

CHRISTINA HYDE-FITZWATER
Last updated 17:17 30/11/2012
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Gumboots up: Ganymede and Orlando drink away their sorrows in Stagecraft's Kiwi-Shakespeare production of As You Like It, at Gryphon Theatre, November 21 - December 1.

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The Hobbit wasn’t the only thing showing off New Zealand culture this week, with Gryphon Theatre presenting a Kiwi interpretation of Shakespeare’s As You Like It.

The story follows city girl Rosalind, played by Alice Pearce, and her cousin Celia, who escape to the farm after being banished by Celia’s father. Disguised as farmers, the girls find themselves in a muddle when they both fall in love in the Forest of Arden pub.

It includes zebra-striped gumboots, the golden shears and old favourite songs like Dave Dobbyn’s Slice of Heaven.

Heading along after a dull day at work, As You Like It stole laughs from audience members of all ages.
Tuesday night’s audience was reserved for the first half - possibly getting their heads around the Shakespearean language.

The audience enjoyed becoming part of the play during the intermission, intermixing with the characters at the on-stage bar.

The second half was full of laughs and sing-a-longs, with the favourite quote of the night being Rosalind’s: ‘‘I am a women and when I think, I must speak.’’

The use of songs and sound effects added extra humour to the comedy, with Flight of the Conchord's classics Business Time and The Most Beautiful Girl in the Room.

As You Like It is on until Saturday, 8pm at Gryphon Theatre, 44 Ghuznee St, Wellington.

For a pineapple-lump of kiwiana, book your ticket at iticket.co.nz. $15-$22.

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- Kapiti Observer

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