The popular mechanicals
Whelan, Michael (2000) The popular mechanicals. [Live Performance (Music)]
In Shakespeare's play, A Midsummer Night's Dream, six workers aspire to present a play for the Royal Wedding. We see their efforts and their antics in the framework of the Royal Court and the supernatural fairy world. We love them for their simplicity, laugh at their homespun ways and forgive their stumbles as they perform their play in the royal presence. In the marvellous irreverence of The Popular Mechanicals, Keith Robinson and Tony Taylor have thrown Shakespeare to the mercy of Australian larrikin humour and placed the lowly workers centre stage. This is A Midsummer Night's Dream without the Royals. Shakespeare's mechanicals become the stars, the kings of their own world, where dreams can come true, if only for a moment. With the innocence of clowns they love life, feel joy, know fear, bear sadness. In the end it is we the audience who become the Royal presence, to judge them if we dare.
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|Item Type:||Creative Work (Live Performance (Music))|
|Measurements or Duration:||90 mins|
|Publisher:||La Boite Theatre|
|Keywords:||Shakespeare, Musical Theatre, Australian Theatre, La Boite|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2000 Michael Whelan|
|Deposited On:||13 Jan 2016 23:05|
|Last Modified:||13 Jan 2016 23:05|
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