'Better a witty fool than a foolish wit'
- Published: Wednesday, 26 April 2017 09:15
The fifty-three S2 boys who travelled to Manchester to see Shakespeare's Twelfth Night were by turns enthralled and appalled – the ribald Sir Andrew Aguecheek uttering some subtly saucy lines. With Mina Anwar as a brilliant Maria, and Kate Kennedy striding the boards as a statuesque Countess Olivia, the boys were able to witness a scintillating and effervescent display of theatrical flair, and returned to school tired but replete.
Washed up on the shores of Illyria after a ship-wreck, Viola hides her true identity by disguising herself as a man. Finding a job – and love – at the court of Duke Orsino, Viola becomes muddled in mistaken identities when her disguise begins to cause more problems than it solves.
Shakespeare’s classic comedy is made all the more potent by its slightly dark undertones – particularly seen in the way the pompous but harmless Malvolio is made to truly suffer for his pride and arrogance and this outrageous tale of misadventure was brought to life in stunning fashion by a talented array of performers; a winning combination of spirited music and playful comedy making for a fascinating experience.