2010 Shakespeare in the Park Festival guest Director Lewis Jones in rehearsal with USQ Theatre students.
2010 Shakespeare in the Park Festival guest Director Lewis Jones in rehearsal with USQ Theatre students.

Shakespeare comedy by USQ students

THE PSYCHEDELIC ’60s will inspire Lewis Jones as he takes the helm of this year’s Shakespeare in the Park production, Twelfth Night.

Students from the University of Southern Queensland will perform in the romantic comedy, which Mr Jones calls Shakespeare’s great comedy.

Mr Jones’ reimagining of the play will be set in the 1960s, to signify Shakespeare’s underlying theme of social change.

“The ’60s was a time of enormous change that we have not seen since and this play is all about the changes that the central characters, Viola and Sebastian, experience.

“The ’60s fashions were outlandish and the music unforgettable. It was groovy and sexy and that’s what I hope to incorporate into this production.”

The play follows the journey of fraternal twins Viola and Sebastian.

Separated in a shipwreck, the twins wash up on the shores of Illyria.

Tragedy turns to comedy as they grapple with mistaken identity and unrequited love.

“The gags are timeless and appeal to all ages,” Mr Jones said.

The play will be performed at the Pialba Seafront Oval in Hervey Bay on March 18, 19 and 20.



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