WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Or What You Will. Shakespeare comedy of mistaken identity, practical jokes and unrequited love. Rescued from a shipwreck the twins Viola and Sebastian arrive independently in Illyria, both thinking the other is drowned. Viola disguises herself as a boy and finds employment with the Duke who is in love with Olivia. Malvolio is the subject of a cruel joke played on him by Sir Toby Belch (yellow stockings cross-gartered) leading him to believe that Olivia loves him. But Olivia has fallen in love with the disguised Viola, while she is in love with the Duke (following it so far?!).
The five actors use endless invention and boundless imagination in a production that proves raucous and joyous, witty and moving. Merely present their 2nd UK tour, a genderblind repertory company with absolute clarity at the heart of their approach. Minimalist, inventive production design frames productions dripping with energy, packed with ingenuity, delivered for (and with) the audience. Exhilarating, sharp and hilarious, the shows are loved by audiences and acclaimed by critics across the country, offering an authentic Shakespearean experience for the 21st century.