August 1995

By appending the alternative title of 'What You Will', with in connotations of whimsy and the free-play of the imagination, Shakespeare - or at least the editors of the First Folio - seem to have recognised that 'Twelfth Night' is a particularly difficult play to categorise. Being written at around the same time as 'Hamlet' and 'Measure For Measure' it has, perhaps, only escaped designation as a 'problem play' because it includes the most immorally gleeful comic scenes in the entire canon. This jollity is, however, rudely spiced with a dark and mordant strain. The persecution of Malvolio (that troublesome killjoy) goes far beyond what might be considered wholesome, and yet we are invited to laugh, and do so in spite of the pricklings of the conscience. The iridescent interplay of liaisons between Viola, Orsino, Olivia, Antonio, and Sebastian is the most pleasurably unsettling and polymorphous array of sexual possibilities that could be desired. Twelfth Night is, in short, a banquet of unrestrained erotic and comic licence, set in Illyria, or Merry England, or Where You Will.



Viola - Sarah Willis
Orsino - Shane Taylor
Olivia - Rachel Critchley
Sebastian - James Kennell
Malvolio - Nathan Moore
Maria - Josie Sunnock
Sir Toby Belch - Sheamus Bourke
Sir Andrew Aguecheek - Mark Hogben
Feste - Daryl Brown
Valentine - Leeon Henderson
Curio - Ben Macklin
Fabian - Richard Simpson
Antonio - Karl Osmotherly
Captain - Richard Simpson
Priest - Aneil Saraf
Musician - Colin Jones

Directed by Daryl Brown