Production 119 Twelfth Night

Twelfth NightBy William Shakespeare

 

Performed on Thu 10th to Sat 12th April 1986 at The Kilshawe Theatre

 

The Cast

The Cast

Orsino Shamus Boyle
Curio Bob Gray
Valentine Philip Thomas
Viola Jessica Robinson
Captain Dominic Shawcross
Sir Toby Belch Alex Thomson
Maria Dot Smith
Sir Andrew Aguecheek Peter Ryder
Feste Christopher Sewell
Olivia Lynda Gray
Malvolio Tony Sewell
Attendants Vanessa Sewell & Justine Sewell
Antonio Dudley Cock
Sebastian Mark Laker
Fabian Andrew Spencer
First Officer Bob Gray
Second Officer Dominic Shawcross
A Servant Justine Sewell
A Priest Roger Brown

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Previews/Reviews

Previews/Reviews

Twelfth Night

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Guild brings the Bard to Deal

The Guild Players open tonight (Thursday) with an ambitious production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at the Kilshawe Theatre, St. George’s Hall, High St., Deal. It is the first time a Deal amateur drama [group] has presented Shakespeare to the public. Twelfth Night is one of Shakespeare’s finest plays – it is both complex and funny, with a view of human beings that is both objective and realistic. The play is, as Orsino says: So full of shapes is fancy that it alone is high fantastical. The role of Viola is taken by 20-year-old Jessica Robinson. Jessica, of Sandown Road, Deal, plays with verve the attractive girl who becomes an illusion to herself, a girl disguised as a boy. Jessica, who works for the DHSS in Folkestone, is a talented product of the Guild Youth Theatre and has appeared in a number of Guild Players’ productions. She has worked with the play’s director Christopher Sewell, before taking part in his outstanding production of The Crucible. Jessica has always had ambition toward the theatre and three years ago she spent three months on tour with Channel Theatre Company as an assistant stage manager. Her ambition is to play character roles. I’d love to be an irascible old lady, she says. Jessica’s enthusiasm for theatre has rubbed off on her boyfriend, Phil Brown. He is making his first appearance on stage in Twelfth Night and is cast as Valentine. Twelfth Night has three performances, tonight, Friday and Saturday, and promises to be one of the highlights of local amateur theatre.

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New Heights in Amateur Theatre

Twelfth Night is the masterwork among Shakespeare’s comedies. His view is both objective and realistic and in The Guild Players splendid production at The Kilshawe Theatre last week the Director Christopher Sewell gave full vent to Shakespeare’s understanding of illusion. Kath Thomson was producer. The characters, excluding Viola, are all creatures of excess, and this was perfectly portrayed, Alex Thomson was perfect as Toby Belch, the heavy drinking nobleman, giving a performance larger than life. Peter Ryder portrayed the pretensions of Andrew Aguecheek, and, thankfully, gave him something of the yeoman and not the utter fop. Jessica Robinson offered a noteworthy Viola, full of charm and retaining all the feminine wiles as she played the dashing young men. Malvolio, that unfortunate blinded by egotism and hypocrisy was played by Tony Sewell. Shakespeare caricature the character in the writing, but Tony Sewell gave the man flesh and bones and not a little sympathy. Olivia, that unhappy and oft-bewildered woman, was strongly played by Lynda Gray as she spurned Orsino, a part in which Shamus Boyle revelled. Dot Smith is one of the Guild’s most versatile players and was well cast as Maria, the serving woman with a malicious sense of humour. Very well done. In addition to directing, Christopher Sewell played Feste, for many the most important character in the play. Bitter but perceptive, Feste is the pivot. Christopher, a consummate performer gave his characterisation that enigmatic quality Shakespeare intended. Among the supporting cast I took special notice of Dudley  Cock as Antonio, and young Andrew Spencer as the tactless Fabian. Others in the cast contributing to the production’s success were: Bob Gray, Philip Thomas, Dominic Shawcross, Mark Laker, Roger Brown, Vanessa Sewell and Justine Sewell. Twelfth Night was sumptuously dressed and the Director was traditional in his approach. This ambitious production gives amateur theatre a new high.

Tony Arnold

Production Team

Production Team

Director Christopher Sewell
Producer Kath Thomson
Lighting Nick Tigwell
Sound David Parks
Stage Managers Bob Gray, Glenys Cresswell, Gill Watson, Emma Gray & Nicholas Gray
Set Design Bob Gray, Justine Sewell, David Parks, Emma Gray & Nicholas Gray
Costumes Marlowe Costume Hire & Camille Newall
Musicians Mark Gravener & David Healey (brass); Tim Burden, Ian Goddard, Edwin Hollingsbee, Christopher Hogben, Richard McPherson & Aaron Spain (recorders)
Front of House Alan Cresswell
Prompt Doris Cohen
Bar Peter Wood & helpers
Refreshments Mildred Wood & helpers
Box Office Brenda Smith and Guild Players Members

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