Timaru Summer Shakespeare

Aigantighe Art Gallery, Timaru, South Canterbury
As You Like It by William Shakespeare
29 – 30 January 2022, in the gardens at the Aigantighe Art Gallery, Timaru. Koha collection.

Aidan Theatre has established a following for its outdoor Summer Shakespeare productions. Their next offering, the comedy, As You Like It, to be performed in the beautiful, tree-lined gardens at the Aigantighe Art Gallery. The play, turning upon chance encounters in a forest and several entangled love affairs, is ideal for open-air staging. As enigmatic traveller Jaques says in one of Shakespeare's most famous speeches: " All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” 
Adapted and condensed by director Kimble Henderson, this classic romantic comedy looks at different kinds of love and shows how, amazingly, life can be strange and wonderful at the same time. 
The story follows feisty heroine Rosalind as she flees from persecution at her uncle's court, accompanied by her cousin Celia. The pair find safety in the magical Forest of Arden, while encountering a variety of memorable characters. What ensues is a riotous combination of romance, cross-dressing, sibling rivalries, and hidden identities. Add in melodic songs, questionable poetry and laughs aplenty, and you have the perfect summer entertainment.
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