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Shakespeare's classic battle of the sexes is brought to life by the Young Auckland Shakespeare Company in a production with a modern twist - redressing the gender balance by casting females to play all the male parts.

Pop-up Globe Theatre, Auckland

From the Promo:

"If I were a man, I would eat his heart in the market place!"

Shakespeare's classic battle of the sexes is brought to life by the Young Auckland Shakespeare Company (YASC) in an "original practices" inspired production with a modern twist. 

Traditionally written for males to play the female roles, YASC honours Shakespeare's original intention but redresses the gender balance by casting females to play all the male parts. 

Featuring a cast of 22 young actors aged 14-25, Much Adoe About Nothing transfers to the Pup-up Globe in full Elizabethan glory for two performances only following a run at the re-imagined Indoor Playhouse at The Auckland Performing Arts Centre (TAPAC). 

Don't miss this rare opportunity to see Shakespeare performed by Auckland's up and coming young theatrical talents.

YASC was established in 2012 and named one of the "Six f the Best Kids' Theatre Groups" by the NZ Herald in 2014. 

Offering classes for teens, workshops for teachers, and annual productions, YASC is led by acting tutors who have had specialist training and experience in the performance and practical teaching of Shakespeare's work. 

Much Adoe About Nothing is the fourth annual summer production for YASC.

"Shakespeare enriches us all and is one of the foremost expressions of the human spirit.  It is important that young people understand this through performance so that their lives, and ours, can be the better for it." ~ Patron Michael Hurst.

YASC founder and director of Much Adoe About Nothing, Rita Stone, trained at the UNITEC School of Performing and Screen Arts and holds a postgraduate diploma in teaching. 

She founded the Legacy Shakespeare Company in 2000, producing annual summer shows in the Parnell Rose Gardens. 

Rita travelled to London in 2004 and took a course at Shakepeare's Globe London, returning again in 2011 with the Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand (SGCNZ)'s 'Teachers Go Global' scheme. 

 

Franciska's Review:

After many months of anticipation, I finally had the opportunity to experience the Pop-up Globe ~ the world's first full-scale working replica of the second Globe Theatre ~ Shakespeare's Theatre. 

We arrived early, which gave us the opportunity to fully appreciate the theatre's glory before the play began.

We were seated on ground level, on bench seats, and were delighted to discover that cushions were in fact provided.  Unfortunately, they were insufficient to prevent a sore tush after over two hours of sitting still.  No interval!!  Apparently, the play was only supposed to be one and a half hours long.  (Hence no scheduled interval.)  In reality, it went considerably over time.  But such is the nature of live theatre ~ things don't always run to schedule!

I imagine the people seated on the middle level in the fancy cushioned seating were considerably more comfortable than we were.  Or even the people up on the top level in the standard stadium style seating.

But of course, no doubt the most comfortable audience were those seated in the private Lords' and Gentlemen's Rooms ~ positioned in a semi-circle on the middle and top levels closest to the stage. 

Although, one must question just how good their view was considering they were mostly watching the action from behind.

Aside from the discomfort, I actually felt that our "cheap" seats had a brilliant view.  Except perhaps for the pillars on the stage that occasionally obscured the view.  But the stage craft of the actors ensured that we didn't miss too much of the action.

Considering the age of the actors, the play was performed with utmost professionalism and brilliant comedic timing.

I absolutely LOVED the audience involvement ~ which the Pop-up globe so beautifully lends itself to.

The costuming was exquisite whilst the props and set minimalistic and perfectly fitting for a Shakespearean play.

Finally, the modern twist of casting all females into the male roles was a very clever take on a play which is all about the battle of the sexes.  Bravo to YASC!

I can't wait to see more of Shakespeare's plays brought to life in the setting for which they were written.