Award winning theatre company Oddsocks Productions are renowned for their uniquely entertaining, comic adaptations of classic literature. This summer will see this popular company embark on a national tour of their latest production: “Much Ado About Nothing”.
Producer Elli Mackenzie tells us a little about the angle on which the company will take this Shakespearean classic:
“Shakespeare meets royal romcom in this hilarious new production from Oddsocks. Set in the luscious gardens of an Italian villa in the height of summer, love is in the air. A respected prince turns cupid for his friends whilst they party and relax, but lurking in the shadows is a younger prince, his brother, (a spare perhaps?) who bears a grudge and is keen to “rain on everyone’s parade”.
Oddsocks work with an experienced and multi-skilled cast to bring out any comic potential the situations their characters find themselves in. When the actors express the true meaning of the words being spoken and at the same time react truthfully to the comic situation their character finds themself in it serves to heighten the text’s meaning focus the attention to what is happening for the characters. This is never more important than when playing to a large audience in the open air, subtlety is lost when competing for attention with forces beyond our control: Wind, rain, heat, passing airplanes and birds. The most important thing is that the audience have a fun, entertaining and memorable experience and as a company we love to deliver that in a different way each summer. There are lots of outdoor Shakespeare productions, but only one Oddsocks version”.
Will the brother’s scheming succeed?
Will love conquer all?
Will there be:
Little to watch about something?
Lots to see about everything?
No, it will be… “Much Ado About Nothing”
Oddsocks will perform Much Ado About Nothing at Telford Theatre on Wednesday 19 July. Book your tickets this half term and get children's tickets for just £1 with a paying adult (maximum 3 children per adult, offer ends midnight Sunday 4 June).