ASHFORD YOUTH THEATRE

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

October 2009

Much Ado About Nothing is a chamber symphony: an exquisitely orchestrated tournament of talk and counter-talk.
The play contains a multiplicity of deceptions - some designed to achieve good, and some ill. The brouhaha sometime threatens to spill over into bloodshed, but the impulse to violence is, in turn, quelled by subterfuge. The most emblematic characters - Beatrice and Benedick - are gulled into self-knowledge, and their mouth-music is turned to kissing. The resolution is achieved - as it must be in Shakespearean comedy - by apparent death and rebirth.
An evening of pleasantry, with jolts and starts. Man is indeed a giddy thing, and that is our conclusion.

D.J.B

CAST:

Mercurio - James Nichol
Leonato - Sheamus Bourke
Beatrice - Grace Holme
Hero - Jasmine Cain
Don Pedro - Sam Longson
Benedick - Alex Arnold
Claudio - Ben Purkiss
Don John - Todd Wearn
Balthasar - Ross Hardman
Antonio - Daryl Brown
Conrade - Daniel Ward
Borachio - Joe Pope
Margaret - Hazel Critchley
Ursula - Emily Cowie
Dogberry - Jaimie Thomas
Verges - Tom Russell
1st Watch - Liam Goodman
2nd Watch - James Green
3rd Watch - James Beeston
Friar Frances - Ali George
Sexton - Leo Carlile

Directed by Daryl Brown