2012 Twelfth Night

“If music be the food of love, play on”

One of Shakespeare’s most romantic and hilarious comedies. Directed by Melanie Camp

Twelfth Night tells the story of Viola, a young woman shipwrecked in the country of Illyria who decides to dress as a man to make her make her way in the new land. She comes to serve the lovesick Count Orsino in his courtship of Lady Olivia, who instead falls for the fetching young go-between. Along the way, we met Sir Toby Belch and other riotous court characters, as well as that officious steward, Malvolio.

Melanie Camp’s production, set by the seaside in the 1920s, promises to be a sassy, mischievous affair of colourful costumes and lively music. From raucous comedy to swooning romance, Twelfth Night swings through the many moods of love and life with wit and laughter.

Picnics highly recommended. Some seating available for koha, or bring your own cushions and blankets!

The Dell, Wellington Botanic Gardens, 17 February-3 March, 7pm (no show Mondays)

Matinee performances, Sunday 19 and 26 February, 4pm
Tickets $15 Full/ $10 Concession
Bookings through Downstage Theatre: Phone: 04 801 6946 or online
Door sales on the night (eftpos available)

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Producer:   Sally Thorburn
Production Manager: David Goldthorpe
Director:   Melanie Camp
Stage Manager: Joseph Mahoney
Assistant Stage Manager: Eden Williams
Publicity and Marketing Manager:   Fiona McNamara
Set and Publicity Designer: Theo Wijnsma
Costume Designer: Jody Burrell
Lighting Designer:   Elliott Harris
Musical Director: Hannah Fraser
Sound Designer: James Carroll

Duke Orsino: Vaughan Luckman
Olivia:   Alexis Jackson
Viola:   Alice Pearce
Sebastian:   Andrew Gunn
Malvolio:   Ross Young
Maria:   Kirsty Hamilton
Sir Toby:   Todd Dixon
Sir Andrew:   Andrew Clarke
Fabian:   Catherine Croft
Feste:   Sam Hallahan
Antonio:   Hilary Penwarden

Xanda Eves
Jessica Coppell
Cathy-Ellen Paul
Hilary Penwarden
Anna Neyland
Tessa Belich