North Walsham

REVIEW: The Comedy of Errors, Paston Sixth Form

Just Regional
Feb 8, 2016 2 mins read

Immersed in an abstract, colourful world not dissimilar to one you may find in a children’s Dr Seuss story book, The Comedy of Errors proved to be yet another stunning performance from Paston Sixth Form College.

Any prejudices that Shakespeare plays may have tendencies to become boring or tedious were completely eradicated as every aspect of this production was delivered with captivating charisma. Predominantly, the actors faced the challenge of performing in the round so that people were watching on all four sides of the theatre; an engaging experience that created an unfamiliar, but not unwelcome, intensity between the actors and the audience.

The delivery of the deliberately confusing plot seemed effortless to every performer, and modernised, farcical concepts such as a rock, paper, scissors fight, baguette swords and the star of the show, adorable dachshund Cecil, being passed between characters like a mere accessory left the audience hooting.

The plot itself is perfectly articulated in the title: The Comedy of Errors. The lives of two sets of identical twins, both unaware of the other’s existence, intertwine. The unfortunate servants Dromio of Sycaruse (Bret Demmen) and Dromio of Ephese (Benedict Wills) provided relentless energy and admirable naivety as they obliviously complicated the story. Sam Thompson’s proud and gawky portrayal of Antipholus of Syracuse provided a hilarious juxtaposition to Dillon Rix’s convincingly slimy, confident delivery of Antiphalus of Ephesus, as both are succumbed to the demands of his high-maintenance wife, Adriana, played by Matilda Bailes. Emily Butchers’ delivery of her intellectual and apparently modest and overshadowed sister, Luciana, provided yet another humorous duo.

This said, not one performer seemed anything other than completely at ease on stage: an absolute treat to witness. Elaborate costumes, dancing, set and music, though delightful, could not deter from the overwhelming talent that the performers displayed. How ironic that The Comedy of Errors should prove to be such a show of successes.

Hazel Needham

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