With rambling drunks, cross-dressing characters and a love triangle, Bell Shakespeare's Twelfth Night could be described as bogan-meets-literature.
The contemporary setting of the Shakespearean comedy truly lifts what could potentially be a dated and drawn-out performance. The talented cast of seven, whether playing one part or three, excelled in their acting both individually and as a cast, seeming the perfect fit for his or her part(s). Their witty, fast-paced dialogue and perfectly-timed visual comedy kept the 2.5 hour show tight and constantly entertaining.
The plot is complex, but it's the twists and turn that make the play what it is. Whether you're familiar with the original or not, all types of audiences can enjoy this one. Die-hard fans may be a little disappointed at the amount of content that has been stripped back, or delighted in the fresh, modern perspective that Bell Shakespeare has brought to Shakespeare's work. Newcomers, despite most probably being caught up with the ins and outs of the storyline, will still be entertained - even if you couldn't follow the plot word-for-word, as it's the comedic brilliance that makes this performance.
A cover of the 90s hit Tubthumping - sung in drunken stupor - had the audience in fits. Other classics like I'm Walkin' on Sunshine and I've Got You Under My Skin are interwoven throughout the piece, putting a modern-day spin on an classic play.
Despite being creative with prop-use and completely ridiculous with costumes choice, Twelfth Night remains true to its original concept, providing a contrast between the tragedy of losing a loved one, to the elation of falling in love.
Twelfth Night is on NOW at The Arts Centre