Twelfth Night

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In May 2016, Honiton’s premier amateur theatre company launched their latest theatrical adventure in the form of Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ in celebration of Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary. We produced one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies with a talented cast who sang, danced and acted their way through this comedic romp. The production toured Gittisham, Sidbury, Sheldon before culminating in two shows at The Beehive in Honiton.

Director: Alex Jackson

Producer: Sally Cregan

Musical Director: Ian Crew

Choreographer: Chloe Pottinger

The Story

The siblings Viola and Sebastian are separated by a tragic turn of events on the trip of a lifetime. Viola washes up at the Hotel Illyria where she disguises herself as a male servant to the owner Orsino. Will Viola and Sebastian be reunited? Find out in this bittersweet, hilarious comedy from England’s most famous writer.

Featuring outrageous comedy, unrequited love, cross-dressing, disguises and Shakespeare’s trademark verse this paradise comedy was not to be missed. It had a revised, accessible script, live music by our talented singers and musicians plus a NODA award-winning creative team.

‘Twelfth Night’ followed the recent success of Honiton’s premier amateur theatre company’s sell-out ‘Peter Pan’ in February. Previous successes include the ‘Over the Sledge’ variety show in December 2015 and ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ last summer plus our famous summer variety evenings ‘End of the Pier’.

Audience Reviews of the production:

  • “I’ve just returned home with my daughter after watching a superb production of Twelfth Night at the Beehive. I’ve only just moved into Honiton, so this is my first experience — and it won’t be the last. Fantastic! Well done everyone for putting on an engaging updated show. Some fantastic performances and the use of music was spot on. Thank you! We’ve had a superb evening.” Emma Leach
  • “I was very sceptical before I went to Sheldon last night – all those changes from the original! – but actually it was very faithful to the spirit of the original twelfth night revelry – singing and fun and a totally implausible plot. Much appreciated. Congratulations to director and cast (in that order).” David Pugsley, Sheldon.
  • “Thank you all for a great evening on Wednesday. We enjoyed it immensely, it was refreshing to see something different.” Sue Gooding, Sidbury
  • “WELL DONE, Innovative, well put together, REFRESHINGLY different and example of a cast working hard at a tough challenge and pulling together, I thought. Good voices and well-delivered, measured lines in places where they were needed and a fun production. I’m glad I came. Well done all. All the best for tomorrow night.” Ed Elsey
  • “As usual it was a thoroughly enjoyable evening….thank you.” Ann Hibbert
  • “What a brilliant performance last night, really enjoyed it. Well done everyone.” Emily Miller
  • “Well done on a fantastic performance last night, I was so impressed with everyone involved, it must be such a pleasure working with such a talented cast and crew. We all had a great time, Thank You.” William Gillings
  • “Fantastic show tonight. A huge thank you to all for a truly entertaining evening. Well done.” Mally Pickerell
  • Well done to everyone in the shows of twelfth night I loved it and was so entertaining. Sarah Wood

Shakespeare for Everyone

‘Twelfth Night’ is one of the easiest of Shakespeare’s plays to understand if you’ve never acted or read Shakespeare’s plays before. This is a real focus of the production as explains Director Alex Jackson:

“Some might think that Shakespeare is difficult to understand and old-fashioned, but not in this production. We’re bringing the play bang up to date with a modern setting of a paradise holiday island and a cut-down, easy-to-understand script which we’ll work on together to celebrate a bit of Shakespeare in style”.

Barbara Simmonds, HCTC’s (then) Chairperson explains the reasons behind choosing Twelfth Night as their spring production:

“This year celebrates 400 years since Shakespeare died so we thought we’d challenge ourselves and perform one of Shakespeare’s well known comedies.With much confusion and an ill-fated love story, the brilliant writing unwinds the tale to a very satisfactory conclusion. Why not join us in the challenge and confusion and make some good friends along the way! We’re always looking out for help with costumes and backstage roles”

Show Dates

Performances at The Beehive:

  • 20th May 2016 (7:30pm)
  • 21st May 2016(7:30pm)

Performances on tour:

  • 17th May 2016, Gittisham Village Hall (7:30pm)
  • 18th May 2016, Sidbury Village Hall (7:30pm)
  • 19th May 2016, Sheldon Village Hall (7:30pm)

Production Pictures

About Alex Jackson

Alex is a committee member of the Honiton Pantomime Society and has directed 3 productions for them. He is involved mainly in the planning of future performances and the society's online presence.
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