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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ID Code: 91818
Item Type: Creative Work (Live Performance (Music))
Refereed: No
Other Contributors:
Role Contributors
Composer / Musical Director
  • Michael Whelan
  • Sue Rider
Lighting Designer
  • David Walters
Measurements or Duration: 90 mins
Publisher: La Boite Theatre
Location: From date: To date:
Brisbane Powerhouse 2000-05-10 2000-05-27
Additional URLs:
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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