FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Twilight Shakespeare in the Botanic Gardens
Fringe, the Adelaide Botanic Gardens at twilight will be the setting for a
production of Shakespeare’s As You Like It. The gardens will become the mysterious forest of
Arden in this comedy about two women on the run.
In the wilds of the forest, Rosalind and Celia meet a cast of the
silliest, craziest and most love-smitten characters Shakespeare ever
wrote. They also find healing and sanctuary - and have more fun than the
best holiday you’ve ever had!
What better stage-set for an enchanted forest than the towering trees and
meandering lawns of the garden at twilight?
Rough Magic has been recognised by both reviewers and audiences for
Shakespeare productions which are intelligent, accessible and fun.
This production promises to be energetic and surprising - a lively
contemporary take on the story. “We try to make the characters as real
as we can,” says director Alice Teasdale, who has seven Shakespeares
under her belt. “We have a lot of fun discovering their stories.
They’re all familiar in one way or another!”
And audiences will find a few of the lines familiar too. “All the
world’s a stage, and all the men and women, merely players...”
Rosalind, the spunkiest of Shakespeare’s heroines, will be played by
Kate Doherty. Based in Melbourne, Kate has recently been seen in telemovie
The King and in a guest spot in Water Rats.
"I’m thrilled to be
participating in my first Fringe production,” she says.
There have been many Shakespeare productions in the gardens, but very few
by local companies. Rough Magic is proudly local, and has been performing
in the Fringe since 1998.
Director Alice Teasdale says, “If you like your Shakespeare atmospheric,
entertaining and slightly thought-provoking, support local and come
As You Like it will be performed at 7:30 on 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 Feb and
1, 3, 4, 13, 14 & 15 March. Actors are available for a photo call in
the gardens at short notice. Images are available on the Fringe website.
There’s also more at www.thisroughmagic.com.
For more information, contact Alice
Teasdale on 0410 476 427 or 81629609.