GPAC’s 2017 Deakin University Theatre Season comes to a riotous close in October with madcap comedy The Popular Mechanicals from the State Theatre Company of South Australia.
Shakespeare’s greatest clowns - the rude mechanicals from A Midsummer Night’s Dream - take centre stage in this wild reimagining of what might have happened off-stage during the Bard’s most loved comedy.
The troupe is bumbling its way through rehearsals of Pyramus and Thisbe, somehow surviving the misadventures brought on by their own sheer idiocy. The result is a riotously funny mix of Shakespearean verse, songs and dance that is lewd, rude and ingenious.
Clowning, vaudeville, slapstick, farce, stand-up comedy and bad puppetry come together with both witty badinage and fart jokes to create an anarchic and thrillingly unhinged carnival that revels in its own theatricality.
First directed by Geoffrey Rush in 1987, The Popular Mechanicals holds a special place in the Australian comedic canon and is ripe for revival with a cast of our best theatrical clowns and directed by former Sydney Theatre Company Resident Director Sarah Giles.
The Popular Mechanicals is a perfect romp that promises to lift the roof in the silliest ways imaginable.
“Monty Python eat your heart out; what a hoot this show is... I give it 5 rubber chooks out of 5.” - Stage Whispers
The Popular Mechanicals will be in Geelong for five performances in the Drama Theatre, from October 11-14. Book at gpac.org.au or phone Box Office on 5225 1200. Tickets are $59 or less.