Media Release




  Twilight Shakespeare in the Botanic Gardens

  This 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 along!”

  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

  For more information, contact Alice Teasdale on 0410 476 427 or 81629609.