Somewhere between 1589 and 1595, a young English playwright by the name of William Shakespeare tried his hand at comedy. The result was The Comedy of Errors – one of his shortest plays, telling a farcical story of mistaken identity gone crazy, with wordplay, puns and slapstick that would have delighted Marx Brothers fans four centuries later. Since then, the Comedy of Errors has been an opera, a film, and a piece of musical theatre many times over. Later this week, it opens in Cairns in the hand of some very talented teenage actors. The Rondo Youth Theatre brings together a cast of 15 talented Cairns high school students, who have also created the posters, original music and handled the choreography, costumes and sound track. And they’ve clearly come to grips with the intricacies of Shakespearean dialogue. It should be a very entertaining production.
LISTEN to excerpts from the play and meet cast members here.
The Comedy of Errors is on at the Rondo Theatre this Thursday and Friday – with performances at 5.30 & 7.30pm each day.