PE Shakespearean Festival returns to Mannville
The PE Shakespearean Festival are presenting “Twelfth Night” at Mannville in St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth with from Tuesday, February 24 to Saturday, March 7.
After three years of necessarily being forced, for various reasons, to present the annual play by the Bard of Avon in four-wall theatres in the Friendly City – once in the PE Opera House and twice in the Pemads Little Theatre – the Port Elizabeth Shakespearean Festival joyfully returns to its long-time home at a revamped and improved Mannville in St George’s Park with Twelfth Night, running from Tuesday, February 24 to Saturday, March 7, at 7pm.
The move inside for the past three productions: Antony and Cleopatra, Hamlet and Macbeth – directed by Themi Venturas, Linda-Louise Swain and Lesley Barnard respectively – did nothing to reduce the ongoing quality of the annual Festival presentations, with Macbeth winning no less than six top awards in the play categories, in last month’s Showtime Awards including Play of the Year, Best Revival and Best Director for Barnard, whose debut in the Shakespearean field this was.
Not unexpectedly, the Festival committee, under President Rocky Mann, has invited her back to helm Twelfth Night and she has decided to move the comedy’s usual setting of Illyria into the Island of Hawaii, with suitable costuming by Brigitte Mann, with a nod to the ’80s and some favourite TV shows and characters.
This year will again see a pleasant mix of experience and youth in the cast on the revamped Mannville stage.
Regular Showtime Award-winner Kelly-Leigh Mucka heads the line-up as Viola, with Neville Staples, who returned to the stage after a lengthy absence to similar Showtime award-winning effect playing the cameo role of Magaldi in the 2013 GS revival of Evita, playing Orsino.
Other familiar faces in the main cast are Emily Bradley as Olivia, Bennie Gerber as Malvolio (he also choreographs the play’s movement), Helen Flax as Maria, David Emery as Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Tim Collier as Feste and, in an unexpected special return to Mannville from Johannesburg especially to play Sir Toby Belch, John Keevy.
In the supporting cast are James Smith as Sebastian, Leo Hulsman as Antonio, Brendan Rees as Fabian and David Roll (another 2015 Macbeth Showtime Award-winner) as Sea Captain and Priest.
Smaller parts are filled by Erin-Ashley Palmer, Banele Joe, Johnathon Minne, Marie Lotter, Chloe Shelton and Erin-Mae Schoemaker.
As usual with Festival presentations in the Park, there is no advance booking but tickets are available at the box office at the theatre with all seats priced at R65, aside from schools block bookings, which are priced at a nominal R40 and should be made with Helen Wilkins on 041 581 1738.
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