Distinctive amateur drama
in Northampton since 1932
Registered Charity No. 294848
by William Shakespeare
Cast & Crew
Viola Jacquie Pryce
Sebastian Stuart Harris
Orsino Michael Street
Valentine Kevin Pinks
Curio Peter Roberts
Olivia Jan Stoppani
Maria Gemma Knight
Malvolio Barry Hillman
Sir Toby Belch Owen Warr
Sir Andrew Aguecheek Bob Godfrey
Feste David Chappell
Olivia’s Maids Maggie Holland, Natalie Hale
Priest Charles Bond
Antonio Martin Williams
Sea Captain Charles Bond
Officers Kevin Pinks, Charles Bond
Musicians Rod Clarke, Scott Blundell, Kevin Pinks
Director & Set Rob Kendall
Stage Management Clare Brittain
Prompt Alex Rex
Costume Design Tamsyn Payne
Costumes Vicki Barre. Clare Brittain, Pat Brittain, Alison Dunmore, Dorothy Grainger, Pam Mann, Pamela Manning, Frances Warr, The Works
Lighting Gareth Sowerby, The Works
Box Office Manager Patricia Coleman
Front of House Manager Ursula Wright
Bob Godfrey, Owen Warr and David Chappell in Twelfth Night
Production No. 344
Rob Kendall, director
William Shakespeare’s comedy has all the elements of confusion, shipwreck, disguise, romance, folderol and ‘what you will’.
But just to dismiss it as that is not fair on Shakespeare’s play.
True, the misfortunes of identical twins keeps us as amused today as a theme from ancient Greek drama and Shakespeare probably ‘borrowed’ most of his plot from Barnabe Rich’s prose narrative Of Aplonius and Silla published in 1581 (although in that version Viola deliberately disguises herself to persue the Duke).
We learn much from this play about the frailties of human nature as well as the ‘tricks’ we play on ourselves.
Twelﬁh Night was also probably initially performed under its subtitle - What You Will - to Queen Elizabeth in 1599 before the earliest recorded performance of Twelfth Night for the Middle Temple in 1602.
Nor would the fool’s name, Feste, be lost on an audience who would understand it as the contemporary French for fete.
13 - 17 December 2005 at 7.30pm
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Sheep Street, Northampton
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CONFUSION REIGNS IN BARD PLAY
Northampton Chronicle & Echo, December 2005
There'll be plenty of confusion going on when the Masque Theatre company performs Twelfth Night in an historic setting next week.
A girl disguised as a boy is just the start of the misunderstandings in Shakespeare’s festive comedy.
The lovesick Duke, Orsino is wooing the Lady Olivia, but she’s falling for servant Cesario -who is the shipwrecked Viola in disguise — who in turn is in love with the Duke.
Adding to the merriment are the drunken Sir Toby Belch, foolish Sir Andrew Aguecheek and the clown Feste, who makes a fool of sour steward Malvolio by tricking him into believing the Lady Olivia is actually in love with him.
It’s not so much of a love triangle as a hexagon - and who knows what will happen when VioIa’s twin brother Sebastian turns up?
But, knowing Shakespeare, there’s sure to be a happy ending.
Throw in a band of 17th century musicians and a handful of songs, and the show is set to be the perfect Winter warmer for the festive season.